Hanneh is a rising 9th grader and is a wonderful example of a young Godly women. Here is her story from New Hampshire.
My New Hampshire Story:
I heard about the Tennessee mission’s trip and I wanted to go. I didn’t feel called, I just wanted to go. I texted one of my friends and asked if they were going. She informed me that she was going, and I also learned that many of my friends were going to New Hampshire. It sounds terrible, but because of this, I automatically notified Pastor Billy and asked him if there were any openings. I’m very glad I did, even if initially for the wrong reasons, because a short couple days later , Billy informed me that there was a spot open.
I was more sure that I should be in New Hampshire than anything I have ever had to decide before. My parents told me to pray about it for a couple days and wait it out, but I knew instantly I HAD to be there.
When the day finally arrived, the high schoolers piled into a 15 passenger van and we were off! then, when the tire blew and we had to pile into 2 SUV’s around 6, I started to feel a little sick. I have never been carsick before, so I didn’t take any notice.
The next couple of days whenever I got into a car, van , bus, etc.. I felt really, really sick. I didn’t know why then, but I do now: I was having mini panic attacks.
The incredible negativity of Brattleboro and Lebanon was weighing down my heart and made me feel as I have never felt before. It was such a strong yearning for God against such a dark force and such a strong sense of the Devil. I had no idea how to deal with it.
After getting to Singing Hills ( where we were staying) that night, I was having a panic attack because of fear and worry for our prayer walk the next day.
After consulting with a couple group leaders on the trip, I learned that the Devil was controlling my life by striking “what-ifs” and worry into my heart in an effort to stop me from doing God’s will. My life had gone on like this for 14 years. In all of my 14 years of living, I recall not being able to think of a time when I had a ” sound Mind.” We talked for a while and I came out with a peace that I have never experienced before.
The next day, during the prayer walk, I did not experience the usual fear and anxiety , but God’s peace and security.
The rest of the trip I never experienced that terrible anxiety again, instead I walked up to anyone, and hung a door hanger on anyone’s door with the security of God.
I am now free of the Devil! He is still going to attack me and try to strike my heart, but now It will be easier to repel his attempts to weaken my relationship with God.
I am a new Hanneh, not a Hanneh living in fear and anxiety, but of God’s peace and knowing that he has a plan for my life.
New Hampshire will be seeing me again