For those of you who may not know me, or know me well, my name is Amber Price.
Reason I am need the Funding/Donations/Sponsorship:
My Link: http://www.gofundme.com/763qnc
This is "MY" Testimony:
For those of you who may not know me, or know me well, my name is Amber Price. I'm trying to raise money to fund my Missions Trip to Uganda Africa.
I attend the world's most amazing church, full of Warriors for The Lord. Elevate Life Church is my HOME!!! Not my 2nd or 3rd home, but MY 1 & ONLY HOME!!! I love Jesus Christ my faithful Lord and Savior and have the privilege to LIVE & SERVE in His Kingdom!
I was always raised in church (1st Baptist) & have always known who God is, the sacrifice He made to send His only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to save us from our sin and give us life!
I was baptized "a few times" in my younger yrs. Attended church camp EVERY SUMMER & loved the Lord & my Life. I'd go to camp, be poured, fed & lost in the love of God. Coming home, on a spiritual high, greater every time. Gushing and glowing w/the Holy Spirit. Getting caught up in the moment, I'd re-dedicate my life to the Lord & be baptized; again, believing w/all my heart...."This time was different. This time was stronger. The last time must not have actually been "my time", yet. This was FINALLY the time, THIS time."
Though I was brought up in a blended family, I was raised by the most AMAZING human beings on this earth! I was raised with high morals & core values. I didn't always get what I wanted, but my needs were ALWAYS met. My parents divorced when I was 3yrs old. I have no memory of the split. Therefore, it really didn't have much, if any, effect on me growing up as a child.
Was an average A, B, C student from grade school, through my early high school years. I was always one of those who didn't want to choose just one group of friends. I befriended EVERYONE, of all shapes, sizes, creeds, colors, races, short, tall, thick and thin. I've just always had a love for people. ALL PEOPLE!
I ate, drank, slept, dreamed & LIVED CHEER! ALWAYS! I was involved & devoted to cheer from age 9-18. That was my greatest passion. Other than hanging out with friends. I believed I was born chanting a cheer coming out of the womb, rather than all "Them Cry Babies"! I enjoyed friends, fellowshipping in school & Cheer. Though, those passions & interests abruptly came to a screeching HALT!
Just before school broke for my sophomore summer break, "MY LIFE", as I KNEW IT, was OVER! The morning of final exams, my step father woke me, w/disturbing alarm & haste. Walking into my mother's room w/her back to me; crying, SOMEHOW, I KNEW something was wrong w/my Dad.
Just 6 months prior, my Dad had JUST been diagnosed w/Emphysema & Multiple Sclerosis (MS). At the time of the diagnosis he seemed to be in decent health (you wouldn't have even known had not being told) & good spirits. Within 3 months he was on oxygen & unable to walk (thus putting him in a wheelchair). And only 3 months later, he was gone (he'd passed away ON HIS 46th BIRTHDAY). Seemed within the blink of an eye, he was here, well, then broken & GONE the next. My WORLD (My Dad), My Hero, was GONE, FOREVER. A part of me was buried w/him. The day they put him in the ground, I realized I would NEVER again, be the same.
I spent that summer in complete oblivion, losing all touch with reality. I began running w/those who were running from that fear & emptiness. Oblivion was all I could bare at that point. I no longer wanted to live. I didn't care if anything happened to me. If I died, I died. If I got hurt/died/injured, all the better. I just DIDN'T CARE anymore! I had an amazing, wonderful, loving family at home w/a roof over my head, food to eat & a safe place to lay my head. Yet, I chose to run the streets w/people I'd never met. Didn't care if I could even trust them. All I wanted was to be "FIXED". Entrusted the wrong people, in the wrong places & putting myself in all the wrong situations (in the most horrific, vulnerable circumstances). I couldn't have used worse judgment. I was used, abused, torn apart & thrown away. Though not all consequences of my actions were my fault or invited, I was allowing myself to be in such state of hopeless & surrender, it was inevitable. I could see NOTHING in my future. Looking into the mirror, I had NO CLUE who was looking back at me. I'd never met her! There was NO LIFE in my eyes. Just DEEP, BLACK, HOLES and a COLD SOUL. I was absolutely drained empty.
With absolutely NO DOUBT, I WAS going to DIE. Positively. If I didn't let it go, put down the ANGER, the HURT, the PAIN & reach out for help. W/a death grip! There HAD to be hope. Somewhere. Anywhere....there HAD TO BE!
With HELP, I found my way back to the Lord. I found sobriety & hunger to live, to love & be loved, dream & hope again. I was FINALLY able to acknowledge my Father's passing & come to peace w/it. I have since, struggled on/off. Had married an abusive man (verbally~mentally~emotionally~physically~spiritually). Draining all there was left of me. There came "A Day". I made a choice. This would be NO MORE! I left him & moved back home. The BEST decision I'd ever made & filed for divorce.
I was good for a bit. But shortly after, fell into a very dark place. I was lonely, hurt, sad, angry, tired & frustrated & the list went on. I began pulling away from others again, becoming a recluse. Back to numbing myself. I hated the world.
My sister had been asking bugging me to go check out this church w/her. I hadn't been "to church" in yrs. But, I was finally in so much pain & agony & desperate that I agree to go, ONCE. She couldn't ever get me to go on Sunday mornings, so she checked online & they just happened to have Saturday evening services as well. So, I joined her one Saturday night. I WAS IN AWE.
I'd never seen anything like it. Such strange "genuine" people. I thought there's NO WAY! This was imaginable. There was just something about that place. About the people. The atmosphere that I just couldn't wrap my head around. I was intrigued. So, I joined her the following Saturday. Once again, I wanted more. Craved more. I continued drinking & using, but began longing for MORE of what THEY HAD!
I remember it "seemed" as if there were like 50 Usher/Greeters that'd greeted me. Haha. It was CrAzY! They weren't looking at me funny, or judging me, or pushing me. They JUST loved on me & WANTED ME. They comforted & supported me. I SWORE I was in heaven! There was one greeter in particular, that was in the same place, same hall & gave me the same hug & love. For the 2nd time, she'd asked if I was "Serving" anywhere. Although growing up in church, I'd never officially become a member, or actually SERVED the church. Shortly thereafter.....
I remember sitting on my back porch, smoking a cigarette & thinking about my life. Where I'd been, where I was...THEN...I thought about the church (Elevate Life Church in Frisco, TX - Cathedral of Frisco). Of the people, the hope & the spirit that lived within. IN ONE SINGLE MOMENT, made the MOST INCREDIBLE AMAZING WORTH THE WAIT and WORTH THE FIGHT decision. That I wanted a family, a husband (a man of God who would treat me as the precious child of God that I was made to be). I wanted a child. I thought to myself. I'd NEVER have anything good & worthwhile w/what I was doing & accepting of myself. At that VERY moment, I made a sound decision that would, did...& "IS" changing my life FOREVER!
I quit smoking, drinking, drugging, CUSSING & making excuses for my life & the way it was & pointing blame at anything other than myself. I OWNED UP to it. Deleted every number in my phone. Cut ties w/EVERYONE, other than immediate family, PERIOD! Began attending church faithfully, EVERY WEEKEND.
All because of that one lady who loved on me & didn't shun me, I got plugged in. Became "The Church". Attended the classes for each progressive step. Class#1) Beginners/New to the church, Class#2) Becoming a MEMBER (YAY 4 ME) Class#3) Leadership. Joined a greeter team, "GODSPEED" (where I'd earned my nick name "FIRECRACKER")! I was hungry & eager. I yearned for more of the Lord & His Word, His people, His promises. All the things I'd always longed for, but felt I didn't and would never deserve, were coming to LIFE...in MY Life!!!
For the 1st time in my life, I picked up the Bible & read. I re-dedicated my life, my heart & my soul to Jesus Christ & for the LAST & FINAL time, was baptized (July 4th, 2012-the day I found my INDEPENDENCE in The Lord)! I'd spent hours upon hours, praying about it. Whether there was any point in being baptized AGAIN. But, He came to me & realizing then, I'd never REALLY KNOWN "The LORD". Believing & trusting Him w/o hesitation, or reservation. I "TRULY" believed! I chose to be baptized for THE TRUE 1st time & LITERALLY, that page, that chapter, that novel...was done! THE END! I DIED & ROSE AGAIN. This time w/The Holy Spirit. I've walked with Him ever since.........NEVER looking back.
My Heart's desire & calling on my life is to love others, to favor others, to bless others, to save others as The Savior, The Father, has saved me. After Joining the Kingdom of God & the Mighty Warriors of Elevate Life Church, I've since gone on 3 disaster relief missions (Granbury and OK twice) & many other church functions, joined forces w/The Lord's Hands & Hearts Ministry of South Dallas, feeding, clothing, ministering & loving on the homeless & less fortunate.
I now have the opportunity to join my church ministry group to travel to Uganda, Africa this coming August. We will visit an orphanage in Watoto helping, loving on, ministering to, serving & saving many orphans, single mother's/father's & children. We will also be taking a medical team, whom has already signed up over 5,000 to be seen by the medical staff. We have a LOT to do & a LOT of people to serve in the name of The Lord Our God, Jesus Christ.
I've NEVER felt more drawn, meant, or called to do anything in MY LIFE. The Lord is PULLING, yanking me, shouting to me....to GO, to DO, to SEE, to CHANGE, to SERVE!
With that said, I need to raise $3,900 to be a part of this AMAZING opportunity to be the hands & feet of God extended. So, I am going to need your help to make this possible, to MAKE THIS HAPPEN! In Jesus Name! I have a lot to raise & a long ways to go. So, PLEASE don't think ANY AMOUNT is too small. Anything, everything helps. It ALL adds up. Please, help me make this DREAM, this calling, "MY REALITY"!
I LOVE ALL OF YOU WITH MY WHOLE HEART! And thank you, whether you're able to "Give" or not! Thank you for not only for possibly your financial support, but your moral support as well. And if you're unable to give now, you can always come back!
Thank you for taking the time to read this possibly getting to know a little more about me.
Thank you again, for helping make "MY" Dream "My" reality!
~Amber "FIRECRACKER" Price~
GOD BLESS <3
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