Tashorna Senior: Delivered from the valley of death
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
Tashorna Senior has been through a lot during her lifetime. She was rejected and ridiculed by many, but in the midst of adversities, Jesus showed up and delivered her out of some of the most difficult situations.
However, before things got better, they got worse, even after she got saved unexpectedly in 2009.
"I was invited to church one Sunday by a friend and I went. I didn't visit the church with the intention of getting saved, but after reflecting on all I have been through, I decided to leave all that pain at the altar. While there, the pastor's wife told me she envisioned a great calling on my life, so after feeling the move of the Holy Spirit, I surrendered," she told Family and Religion.
The young evangelist says there were many more tests and trials along the way, including numerous spiritual battles which sought to discourage her, but she remained steadfast. "The most difficult challenge I faced when I just started out was with the flesh. It was a struggle for me, but Romans 12:1 was etched on my mind, which says, 'I beseech you therefore brethren, present your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God.'
"Six men attempted to kill me one night, but they couldn't touch me. Three days later, after being awarded a promotion, I immediately felt like I was going mad, but the Lord gave me peace of mind."
As if that was not bad enough, Tashorna said there was another attempt on her life. "They tried to poison me at work, and then someone was paid to kill me while I was preaching, but God blocked it. Shortly after starting Bible school, I lost my job and almost lost my sight, but mercy said no, and I am here today with my sight fully intact," she said, as she shared her testimony with Family and Religion.
STILL CAN SEE
Tashorna says the best thing about her journey is that she still has her sight, and so she feels privileged to be able to evangelise to lost souls.
The young woman is a member of the Church of God in Jamaica in Mavis Bank, St Andrew, where she is the youth president. She is also part of the Romans 12 Outreach Ministry, and visits downtown Kingston on Saturdays to preach after school or do personal evangelism.
She is encouraging young people to set their priorities straight because they do not have to fit in with what the rest of society is doing. "While your mindset may be on enjoying life, always remember that your life is determined by how positive your attitude and behaviour is towards others. The goals you set and the involvement of Christ within your life will also be integral to where you go next, so ensure you set a good foundation for yourself and others around you.
"Be positive in everything and put the Lord at the forefront and you shall achieve whatever you set your mind to. In all this, I say: 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and everything else shall be added unto you'," she urged.