By Amalie Parmerlee, The Salt Company Women’s Ministry Leader, Ames
Angie’s* parents divorced when she was really young, and since the divorce she has had three step-dads. However, her biological father had partial custody of her while she was growing up. Since she reminded him of her mother and the difficulties in that relationship, he often chose to withhold food from her and treated her very poorly. This and other circumstances and choices, eventually led Angie to an eating disorder, depression, suicide attempts, and a desire to find satisfaction in relationships with guys.
Her freshmen year at ISU, Angie trusted in Jesus’ sinless life, death, and resurrection to save her from her sin. After meeting with her this past year, and having many talks about forgiveness and what Scripture has to say about it, this Christmas break Angie chose to forgive her dad for the years of abuse. She sought his forgiveness for her responses to the ways he treated her. She shared with him that it is only because of Jesus that she was able to forgive him. We are only free to forgive others because of what Christ has done for us. Praise God for His work in her life and Christ’s sacrifice that makes it all possible!
Angie will be serving with The Salt Company overseas this coming summer, and is studying abroad this fall. She is planning to spend her life sharing the hope of the gospel in developing countries, and helping the people there to be able to sustain themselves physically while meeting spiritual needs.