Never losing faith
Life has its struggles and mother and wife, Dahlia Wood-Skyers knows this all too well. Although she is now on a pathway to success, it has not been any easy road for her.
Skyers, who is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, recounted her challenging ordeal, which was only made easier through Jesus Christ, who open doors and created windows of opportunity for her every step of the way.
"Looking back, I can feel this joy and inner peace, "Wood-Skyers said.
"Had it not been for the mercy and blessings of God, I would not have achieved my goal. Ten years ago I was uncertain about a lot of things, but today, I can testify about the power of Jesus and the need to be patient and faithful. I spent four years at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and only God knows how I was able to pay my tuition. Miracles do happen and God is still in the business of performing them," she added.
According to the mother of three, her struggles started after the birth of her second child, who was born with several illnesses including a heart condition, which forced her to quit her job at a service station where she had worked for six years.
She also recounted that her new-born needed special attention and care, and therefore she took the painful decision to stop working, even though, deep down she knew that her husband's salary would not be sufficient to care for them.
Nevertheless it was a decision that the couple agreed would be in the best interest of their child.
Wood-Skyers would spend the next three years caring for her young son. She managed also to attend evening classes at Passley Garden, and passed four of five subjects she sat in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, including English language, social studies, office administration, and human and social biology.
With her son showing remarkable improvement in his health condition, her next decision was to attend college, even though she was uncertain where the money would come from.
After spending four years at CASE, Wood-Skyers secured a bachelor's degree in education with a major in science. And whether its coincidence or otherwise, she is now employed as an administrative officer at Braham's Service Station in Port Antonio, where she was previously employed nearly ten years ago.
Wood-Skyers said: "I urge other persons to trust in God and pray for direction. There will always be challenges in life, but you have to possess the will-power to overcome and with Jesus Christ in the vessel we can smile at the storm. One must strive for independence, and having a relationship with God affords you just that."