First Place Winner: Jacqueline Miller
Second Place Winner: Crystal Matthews
My name is Crystal Matthews and here is my testimony.
For a good part of my teenage and young adult life I suffered from low self-esteem, rejection and fear. In addition, I also experienced severe acne on my face, and it literally reflected how I felt on the inside. I hated the way I looked. In spite of being part of a large extended family and having friends, I always felt lonely. I would cry myself to sleep almost every night. In 2003, Ruach HaChodesh told me that I had to move or I would die. I do not know if a physical or spiritual death was indicated (and I still don’t know), but I was not going to stick around to find out. I moved only a few hours away from home, but it was necessary for my spiritual growth. Over the next few years, while still suffering from low self-esteem, rejection, fear and acne, I was developing a closer relationship with YAHUAH. One day, I was reading something and it mentioned how low self-esteem focuses on self. I was convicted. All this time I was focused on me and not Abba. That was the moment I needed to turn by eyes back to the One that mattered and get my eyes off of me, me, me! This would continue a journey or healing, deliverance, restoration and growth. Low self-esteem turned into YAH-esteem. I rejoiced in being rejected by people and groups that meant me harm. Fear turned into an everlasting love and the acne began to heal. RUACH HAKODESH began to remind me who I am through the washing of the blood YAHUSHUA HAMASHIACH. In Him I am whole, free, fearfully and wonderfully made. And I know that right well!
-John 8:36--If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
-Psalm 139:14--I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knows right well.
-2 Timothy 1:7-For YAHUAH has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.
Third Place Winner: Chaviva BatYah
My name is Cassie. I grew up as a 7th day Adventist christian, but crossed over as a Hebrew last year in August, and took the name of my Aba Yah once I became apart of His family, so He changed my name to Chaviva BatYah. YaHUaH's name set me free, and He covered me under His wings. He broke every chain of sin that was oppressing me in the past. More than anything He cleansed me from sexual sin, and He purified me by making me chaste again. He not only covered my physical body by showing me that women need to be covered in modesty, but He also covered me spiritually through the nazarite vow I made to Him, and He became my head since I am without a physical husband for now. There's much more that YaHUaH did for me after I learnt His name, but prior to that there was a point when I was still in the church and I decided to dedicate my life to Him spiritually. The moment I made that decision demons came to attack me. They tried to possess me in my sleep 3 nights straight and they did possess my body, but they had no control of my mind. At that moment I knew YaHUaH had sealed my mind, and when I say sealed, I mean sealed as what it says He will do for the 144,000 in Revelation. I am so thankful to Yah for showing me who I am, I am His child, chosen from among the nations to be a part of His nation of Israel. I give Him thanks and praise everyday for calling me out of mystery Babylon. I am so happy He made me apart to Him, but knowing who I am does not come without trail of course. He washed me with water, and now is refining me with fire. I know He has put it in my heart to endure until the end, B'Shem Yahusha HaMashyach.