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I want to thank Bloom for all they have done in my life. I’ve attended the first two years for Bloom and each event was life changing for me. This past year I brought my mom with me. It really brought us closer to God and closer together. I’ve been suffering with kidney failure since I was 14 years old, my freshman year in high school. After about two years of doing dialysis and waiting, I finally got a transplant. I trusted in the Lord through my periods of suffering and he delivered. Although, three years after I got my transplant, the main support for my medical finances, my medicare ended. My transplanted kidney started to show signs of rejection so my doctor put me on high doses of steroid and a little bit of chemotherapy. After about a year of fighting the rejecting, the doctors had to remove the kidney because it was causing a lot of pain in me physically. I felt so depressed when I found out my kidney was rejecting. I thought God gifted me with a hope in this life, how could he just take it away from me? I’m back on daily dialysis to accommodate for my kidney failure. The dialysis makes me feel tired, weak, and unable to concentrate. This made it so hard to maintain my academics. I felt like I was at a dead end. The way I’d put it is that it felt like Christmas morning, when I asked my father for months and months for just one gift. Then that morning comes I see my sibling get the gift I wanted and they don’t even like the gift. Then being told, “Well, if you just worked harder or did this and that, I would’ve given to you.” I felt so lost, I felt like I’ve done what I thought was my best and it wasn’t enough. I would think, “Why me God? Why do I have to go through this? Why can’t I just be normal like everyone else? Other kids my age are just thinking about their dates or their homework. I just want to be able to go to school without worrying. Though I have to worry about blood pressure, weight, what to drink, what to eat, if I took my medicine, if I’m doing my dialysis on time. God why would you do this to me? I thought you loved me? How can you just take this all away from me?” I felt so depressed and in a hole with God. I thought he was just punishing me and I felt so hurt and lost. The week of Bloom started to creep up after all this hurt I’ve been going through. I’ve been to Bloom last year, so I definitely wanted to go again and bring my mom. We went and it was exciting seeing Anjelah Johnson and Christa Black. I felt awkward at first because the year before I was by myself and made friends and just talked around. I thought who brings their mom with them to a young girls conference? Though Tiffany, Christa, Anjelah, and every one was so welcoming to us both. The thing that touched me the most during Bloom was when Christa was talking about her baby girl. She said that there’s a difference between what God wants and what God allows. God didn’t want her baby girl to die, but he allowed for it to happen. She’d cry and cry and feel hurt and pain, and she’d just hear God say, “Cry on baby, Cry, because I know you’re hurting. I never wanted this hurt to happen to you. So I’m here crying with you.” She said that God didn’t create death or cancer and that is the work of the devil to break us down. She said that she’d feel sad because God got blamed for hurt and pain caused on us, when he never wanted it to happen. It felt like God was talking to my heart. Every time I cried to him and got anger at him, he was actually there holding me and crying with me. He was always there, through every hurt, he was holding my hand crying with me. It really changed my heart. I wrote on my balloon that I’m going to let go of… “blaming God for my sickness.” When I let go of my balloon, I felt the wall I put up against God come down. I felt him back in my heart. I felt him hold me and tell me how much he always loved me and how he wants great things for me. I truly opened my heart again to the Lord. It felt like every pain and every worry was lifted from my life. I know I can conquer the world with God in my heart. I just want to thank Bloom for bringing me back to the Lord. I truly love Bloom and I pray that God will bless Bloom so that they could forever bless hearts like mine.
I am in tears reading this. WOW and PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!! I have chicken skin all over my arms and legs…because of the power of God at work in your life! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing your story and experience!!! It’s for girls EXACTLY like YOU why we do what we do!! Thank you for encouraging me…and thank you for being brave enough to share this with us! WE LOVE YOU…and hope to see you next year!! Praying you are doing well…MUCH LOVE and ALOHA…tiff (thurston) =)
As a young girl I grew up without both of my parents both of them in jail for doing drugs. We lived on big island at the time but I ended up moving here because they weren’t fit enough to take care of me and my sisters. Soon enough my dad came out of jail he still was hyped on drugs I remember being physically abused by him . The words and the punches and everything was just so overwhelming for me . I already had seizure disorder since I was a little girl. My mom stayed on the big island with her druggie boyfriend we were separated for years..we we’re reunited in 2012. Going through all of that caused major trust issues for me & it made me feel unloved and unwanted. But I’m also thankful for these events because I was introduced to a camp called camp agape. I went every single year going back as a junior mentor sharing my testimony to let the kids know they’re not in this alone and that there loved by all of us including God and even though we go through all this pain every day we can rely on him turn to him. Within the four day camp the children are there to learn about trust, hope, love,forgiveness and prayer. I remember being so depressed not to long ago I stopped coming to church and the aunties of camp agape kept reaching out to me Jordan come back to church we miss you. I kept ignoring it but finally I went back To church. Once I seen them they hugged me and I immediately started crying my eyes out. They were there to comfort me when I felt like everything was going down hill. They told me that my testimony at camp all nine years changed the children’s life. It’s amazin how all the pain I’ve been through has only been drawing me closer to God. And I’m so thankful for bloom I went every year to bloom and I keep going back because it teaches me a lot! How to be confident in myself that I’m beautifully and wonderfully made by God that the words that people say about me don’t define who I am and I know who I am ! I’m Jesus daughter we all are! I struggled with that through my high school and middle school year I was being bullied for my faith. Bloom definently helped me a lot I love bloom because it’s reaching out to all of us girls! Thank you so much Tiffany for your dream and actually pursuing it. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without camp agape and bloom.
Wow, can I just say how grateful I am that God has led me to attend Bloom this year for my first conference ever. But I can’t help but think that I could not have been blessed with this awesome opportunity without acknowledging the story that got me here. I just came back for the summer from my first year at college in Seattle. My story begins at the end of this new chapter in my life. Like anything else, everything is good in the beginning, and this was true as my first few weeks of college was great and I started to make friends and found myself not even missing home. Although, it was after the hype of being a college freshman for the first time away from home that I found myself feeling really alone and sad. The friends that I thought were good had faded away and spent most of my nights sitting in my dorm room video chatting my old friends from high school. I knew that this was not healthy, but I denied the fact that I didn’t have any real friends and it was perfectly normal that the only friends I had was through a computer screen. It made me even more sad that I could see every other freshman had formed their groups and cliques already. This feeling of loneliness made me feel very vulnerable and did not know how I was going to make it through the year like this. As if the fall quarter wasn’t bad enough, winter was when it took an even deeper toll on myself (and the typical Seattle weather of constant gloom and rain did not help) as my roommate had travelled abroad and I had the room to myself for that quarter. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was excited about having my own room, but that excitement turned into a quick depression as I realized that I was always in my room and did not have any sort of social life. Then spring came and I was paired with a new roommate who was awesome and got to meet a lot of her friends. This new situation made me feel better but I then came to a scary realization that it was almost the end of my first year at college and still had not found a group I could identify with. The last thing I wanted to do was to go back home for the first time this summer and tell my family that my first year at college sucked and did not make any friends.
I think I always believed in God from a young age, but became skeptical of it all as I grew older. Throughout the year, I prayed to God not really knowing if he was really there but I prayed anyway and asked him to bring me out of this tough situation I had been struggling with all year, but did not see any results. I specifically remember that night I was lying in bed and said to myself “I could never believe that there is a God”. It was finally the last month of college and with the little hope I had left in me, I was still in search for a group to be with and I came across a poster in the student center that said InterVarsity Christian Fellowship with its contact information. I reached out to them and scheduled a meeting with the supervisor, this meeting changed my life. A meeting that I thought was going to be about answering general questions about the club turned into a personal conversation about my faith with a stranger that I had just met. She asked me “What do you think you need in order for you to believe that there is a God?” and I replied “I don’t know, I guess proof or evidence”. Towards the end of the meeting she asked if she could pray for me and I said yes, and during the prayer she said a line that sent shivers down my spine, “God if you are real, show her that you are real”. For some reason, this made me feel scared because of the possible chance that something could happen to me. At the end of the meeting, I carried on as usual, not thinking too much about what was said, and walked back to my dorm. As I arrived on my floor, I got out of the elevator and walked down the hallway to my room. As I am walking down this hallway as I had done countless times before, I suddenly felt this overwhelming sensation of a presence that made me feel like I was not alone. But just to be sure, I looked around me and no one was in that hallway except for me, but this sensation continued to encompass my body inside and out, as I could feel my heart pumping abnormally faster than usual and an intense tingle surging over my skin. This presence did not scare me, it felt good, it was something I had never felt before in my life. I got back to my room and stood there with an immediate intuition that I had just been greeted by the Holy Spirit. It took me a while to realize why such an extraordinary event happened to such an ordinary person like me, but then I realized what was said during that prayer. It was as if God had immediately answered that prayer and revealed himself to me in such an undeniable way. After this event, more weird events came my way, as if God was after me. I found myself being very intrigued by this whole “God” thing and wanted to know and feel more of him. My social life suddenly got more busy as I attended InterVarsity’s weekly bible studies and activities where I got to meet new people and found myself making friends that I genuinely felt happy to be around. In the final week of college, I unexpectedly took a huge leap of faith and had accepted Jesus into my heart for the very first time. I felt like I had been reborn with a changed heart through the power of God’s grace and has freed me from my pain, sadness, and struggles. I am so grateful to have shared this pivotal moment in my life with an intern for our InterVarsity chapter who has really guided me on this transformational experience of becoming a Christian. These last few weeks of college have been the best weeks of my life, and did not want it to end having found a group that I could truly identify with. I can now see that God has been listening to all of my prayers all this time and glad I went through the struggle of feeling lost, because I believe it is in those moments of limitation where we experience God’s grace.
After gone through such a spiritual high, I came back home to Hawaii this summer and my life went back to the way things were. I started to doubt God again and did not know where this confusion was coming from, I felt guilty for this. After attending Bloom this year, I was reminded about how powerful God really is and how he has constantly been working in my life even when I don’t feel like he is there. So I want to thank Bloom for strengthening my faith and I am now even more excited where God will take me as I continue to walk with him on this journey!
Kelyne…wow. What a story…and keep standing strong…keep believing…don’t give up…and you are not alone! LOVE YOU and hope to see you soon! MUCH LOVE and ALOHA…tiff + the BLOOM babes =)
This year was my first year at the Bloom Conference. I absolutely loved it! But the part that I loved most about it is that I felt free from the world. I felt like God took me into his arms and assured me that I was forgiven, my fears were gone and that I was set free. I felt so renewed and cleansed. Through God, I learned that its when im in the dark that he will reveal his brilliant light. I feel truly blessed. As a teen I am constantly falling short of Gods grace, I hope that during the low tides i can steadfast in his word and love. And find peace in his forgiveness.
Mahalo to all of you that made Bloom the awesome, eye opening event of the year! I cant wait for next year!
Sammi!!! You’re a world-changer! Thank you for your kind words…and for taking the time to respond! We are so honored and humbled to hear about your experience! Excited to see what more God will do in your life! No dream is TOO BIG! LOVE YOU…tiff + the BLOOM babes =)
As long as I lived in Hawaii, I have never heard of BLOOM until recently. I am so glad I took a friend and we went. It was a moving and uplifting experience that I will never forget as long as I live. I definitely look forward to going back each year, God willing. What stuck out to me the most at BLOOM was the speech by Britt Nicole letting us know that our dreams are not too big and we can achieve anything with God at the center. He gives us abundantly more than we could ever ask for; He cares for us. I love the spiritual environment for both young and old women. It’s a great way to meet sisters in Christ and to lift one another up. It was a wonderful moving experience. I hope each year I can bring as many girls as possible with me. It’s a wonderful way for young girls especially to stand firm in their faith in the Lord and let no man pull them away from Him. Be strong and courageous for He has commanded us, He is with us wherever we go. Great job to Tiffany and her team and it was great meeting all of the guests in BLOOM 2015. Great job to all members involved, God Bless You All. Continue what you guys are doing! We love You!!
Wow! Thank you Patrice!!! What incredibly encouraging words! We are so grateful you came to BLOOM and that even more than that…you experienced God! We are excited to see what more He will do in your life! LOVE YOU…tiff + the BLOOM babes =)
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