She wasn’t your typical 18-year-old.
That’s for sure.
In fact, LaKeisha Christian, given the hardships and turmoil about which she had to endure at the tender age of 18, would be hard-pressed to assess that life as a teenager was nothing about which she could look back on and come to smiles.
If nothing else, it was a rather disheartening, tear-jerking recollection that seemed more like an uninterrupted nightmare, of sorts.
“At the age of 18, I encountered my first abusive relationship,” Christian, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, said while recalling arguably the most downtrodden encounter of her young life. “I remained in domestic violent relationships for almost 10 years.”
So brutally chaotic and dysfunctional things had become for Christian that her attacker had gone as far as to threaten to take her precious, fragile life.
“(He) shook me to my very core,” Christian explained. “I remember sitting there, not scared but calm, asking God to save me. When the plans of the enemy did not prevail, I knew it was time to get out and stay out.”
Much to her delight, coupled with the purpose for which God created her, Christian had ultimately escaped — and survived — what undoubtedly was the darkest chapter of her life.
“After an extremely long journey to healing, I decided to speak out and tell what I went through with honesty and transparency” Christian said.
Today, unlike never before, Christian’s doing just that, considering she has emerged as a nationally-acclaimed advocate for domestic violence by way of her “I Bleed Purple” organization, a credible venture that has become widely known as her ministry.
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An organization that has become a fixture throughout the country in recent months, Christian’s “I Bleed Purple” was built largely to empower victims of domestic abuse, inspiring them to break what she describes as the chains that bind their souls, minds and personal lives through activating truth found in the Word of God.
“Advocating became my passion and helping those that were going through what I once did, my purpose,” Christian said. “Telling my story to those who have lost all hope, offers them reassured faith that they, too, can be healed and freed from abuse and live a life of happiness.”
Much to her delight, it’s safe to assume that Christian’s ministry has routinely attracted the attention of several national media outlets.
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That’s because in the recent past, Christian has made appearances on both CBN’s The 700 Club and the nationally-syndicated Michael Baisden Show to share of experiences in battling domestic abuse and how she’s managed to conquer was a turbulent season of her young life.
“I am inspiring others by expecting the best from them,” Christian said. “I believe people will rise to the challenge if they know you care for them and want the best for them. Wanting to see them succeed won’t mean much if they don’t know you care. I am inspiring others by taking a stand for what I believe in.”
All of which practically explains why being so transparent through her life-changing experience is extremely vital, she acknowledged.
“In order for anyone to follow me, they must see, know, and believe that I stand on my convictions,” Christian said. “I’m inspiring others by setting an example and following it.
To her credit, 2018 figures to hold much more promise surrounding Christian’s ministry.
“My goals include securing more speaking engagements and television appearances to tell my story to empower those affected by domestic violence,” Christian said. “I am in high anticipation of releasing my solo book project (this year). The goal closest to my heart is opening a center for victims and survivors at no cost to them, where they can feel safe and receive the help they need.”
Much like she did with God, her Helper, leading the way.
Nevermind that she wasn’t your typical 18-year-old at the time.
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