Shanika McCalla working to win souls for the Kingdom
The Bible says, 'Young men, I call upon you because you are strong'. God needs young people because they are fit and vibrant and can do the work for the kingdom. Shanika McCalla has been working to win souls for the kingdom since she gave her life to Christ in 2011.
However, before she took that step, she was used to enjoying herself like the average young girl would.
"I was the type of girl who liked to dress up and party so I would be out and about, and as old people use to say, 'every pan knock, mi deh deh'.
"When I started to go to parties, that's when God started calling me, but I was ignoring it. Then it seemed like I was in a land all by myself because I realised I didn't fit into that setting anymore. So I decided to quit - which wasn't hard because church was a must for me no matter the time I got home from a party," she told Family and Religion.
After becoming a Christian, Shanika found herself having to endure temptations and issues with forgiveness, but said her greatest challenge was being humble.
"I was short-tempered, bitter, and angry, and as somebody said something (to me) I wouldn't even allow them to finish. I just jump at them and if I can't have my way, I would just push or kick down anything that was in my path. But thanks be to God, I can proudly say that He has brought me a mighty long way," she said, noting that now she is able to keep her composure and pray about situations beyond her control and allow God to work it out.
McCalla disclosed that one day, while in a state of depression, she was almost killed by a JUTC bus in Half-Way Tree as she stepped into the road, absentmindedly, in an attempt to get to the other side. "I wasn't aware of what was happening until out of nowhere, I saw this big yellow bus rubbing against my shoulder, then I heard screaming. It was then I realised that not even ants could pass between me and the bus - that was how close it was to me. I wasn't frightened, so I walked away instantly and when I got across the road somebody touched me and said that I must sleep on the same side I slept on the night before because it was God Himself who stopped that bus. When I looked across the road the driver was still in a state of shock," she said, seemingly still counting her blessing.
Shanika believes she was spared for a reason and so she is availing herself to be used by God to the point where others will see her as a role model.
She worships at the Glengoffe New Testament Church of God where she is actively involved in the Vessel of Worship Performing Arts Ministry (VOWPAM). She is the director of the children's ministry, and assists in the teens' and ladies' ministries.
"It doesn't matter how dark your past or present situation is, don't allow it to be an obstacle that will hinder you from answering the Master's call. He forgives and He is able to keep you if you just open your heart and let Him in. He promises never to leave you nor forsake you.
"We know not the minute nor the hour that the Lord will put in His appearance, neither do we know when we will take our last breath, so don't wait until it's too late. It is look-up time: redemption draweth nigh.
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you," she concluded.