Beloved Family and Friends, The last 3 years have been a full and fruitful adventure! I have faithfully been a full-time student at Saddleback College working towards completing my degree in Child Development. I have been living with a couple from my church healing and growing. My time in their home and apart of their family has been a true and incredibly healing gift from the Lord. Throughout my time in school I have pursued my passions in art and working with young people. I have consistently served in the Youth ministry at my church, Heritage Christian fellowship, teaching on Sunday's & Wednesday's, taking the youth to camps, on mission trips and faithfully mentoring many young ladies. My passion for leading these young people has only increased and my desire to see the youth of San Clemente impacted by the saving love of Jesus is burning brighter each day.
In addition to my consistent involvement in youth ministry these past 3 years, I have also been teaching an after school art class at all 3 middle schools in San Clemente. This job has fueled my passion to reach the youth of San Clemente.
This past May I graduated with my Associates degree as well as a few specialized certifications. This time of my life has been a season where I have worked hard at being faithful in the little while still capturing glimpses of the call God has on my life. My goal was to complete my associate’s degree and reevaluate my direction at that time, and here I am! J
This job, my involvement in youth ministry and a few other connections have led to many open doors giving me the opportunity to share my story to groups of youth in many different settings. I have spoken multiple times to the freshman class at SCHS, I've shared my story at Shorecliffs middle school red ribbon assembly, spoken to many groups of at-risk young people throughout our city and beyond to foster care outreaches throughout Orange County. This August I will be 6 years sober and my story of overcoming has become a great source of hope for the young people I share with. Praise the Lord! Seeing the incredible doors God has been opening and my passion to see young lives impacted with the gospel through the story of my life, I have decided to take one year to attend ministry training in Redding California at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. This desire has been on my heart mid-way through my associate’s degree, but I wanted to remain faithful and complete what I had begun.
This ministry training will better equip me for the call God has on my life to lead and impact youth and give me the opportunity to seek the Lord about the next steps for my life. I scheduled a face-to-face interview, drove to Redding, got offered a job unexpectedly, got connected with a house of girls to live with and got accepted all in 48 hours. God’s call has been so clear and sweet!
This ministry school will be 8 months long and I plan on raising the funds needed in order to attend. My first deadline to raise $4,325 is the beginning of September. Any amount you feel led will be invested into advancing the Kingdom as this ministry training will better prepare and equip me as I devote my life to seeing God's kingdom come in the lives of young people desperately needing hope and the love of Jesus. This season will be a launching pad for me to become independent and prepared for all the Lord calls me to. I just need a little help in making it happen!
If you are able and feel led you can support me with my school tuition online here: my.bssm.net/donations/transactions/new?student=256579
Any other donations you may feel led to give to support my living throughout the year can be giving through direct contact.
My heart is rejoicing at the opportunity to become more equipped and prepared to love and lead God's children close to Him. Thank you for your constant love in my life and for championing me on as I pursue God and His purposes for my life. Your love and support makes all the difference in the world!
With sincere love and gratitude; Helen Rose Wright
P.S. Like I said above, the Lord blew me away on my trip up to Redding, absolutely confirming His call on my life to move up there for this next season. I got connected to a very sweet elderly couple named Betty and Bill who let me stay in their guest bedroom during my time up in Redding (pictured above)
Before I got to their house I stopped into a local florist to buy them a little thank-you-bouquet. I instantly connected with the floral designer who eagerly offered me a job “if I ever move to the area” I didn’t even have to ask! That afternoon I had my face-to-face interview, that I thought went very well. Although I thought it went well, I was told I would find out if I were accepted within 2-4 weeks. With school beginning in a month, that didn’t leave me with much time to prepare. The next day I was connected to a young woman who was interested in adding a 5th roommate to their apartment of female bethel students. We met, instantly connected and while I was sitting on the couch in the apartment I received the acceptance email! We cheered, hugged and I signed the papers to move in!
I am just in awe of the Lord’s hand upon each transition of my life and I am filled with hope and expectancy for this next season of growth and preparation. As excited as I am, there any many little things to work out and the enemy wants to make this transition as stressful as possible. Could you please keep me in your prayers for the following things? Financial provision – tuition and monthly living. The job offered to me is a sweet opportunity but due to my school schedule, the distance of the flower shop and the hours it is open, it may not work out. So prayers for the right job! Spiritual growth – the first year at BSSM is all about establishing a firm identity in Christ. I’ve been told it can be challenging and emotionally draining..I know the Lord has much healing in store for me this year! Relational connections – I have a deep desire in my heart to connect with like-minded girls my age to just do life with and grow closer to the Lord with. Pray that the Lord will send those kindred spirits to me this year! Direction for the future – I have so many dreams and passions within my heart for the future, and I know this year the Lord is going to confirm and prepare me for what my next steps should be. I am particularly feeling drawn to working with foster children, but open to whatever the Lord calls me to! And whatever else the Lord leads you to pray for me for!
Thank you so much. I will be posting updates here throughout my journey!