Prom Photography generously donated by CharClar Photography
My name is Kaelin. I had the opportunity to attend Operation Prom Girl SoCal for the first time in 2017. I’m so glad I did. I was not feeling very well, spiritually and emotionally on that day. I nearly did not make it to the event. I called the founder on her cel phone, at that point the event had already started and girls were arriving. Dawn encouraged me to show up and that she would find me a ride. Reluctantly I agreed. I really wanted to show up but it felt like something was holding me back. Soon, Eleanor arrived at my home to take me to the Bridge Church where the event was taking place. This is only the beginning of my journey but I’ll tell you a little more about it.
My life before I came to know and trust in Christ was dark, scary, and horrible. I was confused on why the decisions in my life were made. I even questioned God and his power. I questioned him because I felt as though if he loved me why would he take away the closest people in my life. Why he was hurting me?
My life was frustrating and I was in a dark state of mind. Very dark. I came to know Christ through my friends not long ago. I thought it was time I forgave God and forgave the things that were wrong in my life . I reached out to my friend and began attending First Assembly of God in Lake Elsinore, California . I started in the youth groups on Wednesdays and I have grown ever since then.
I attended a camp with them which lasted from July 31- August 4 and never have I been more connected to God and never have my eyes been opened to love and understanding.
By committing myself to a Christian church and accepting God as my savior my life has been brighter and more happy. I smile more often and I know how to handle with situations better than before I started going to church. My life has changed ! I want to thank pastor Wyatt, the youth leader at First Assembly Of God in Lake Elsinore, for making this possible for me . I would also like to thank Operation Prom Girl for helping me and my family out when it came to our hardships and struggles especially after my mom passed away- and most off all for keeping a smile on my face when I needed it the most. They not only provided a dress, but also a photography package where I received Prom photos taken in Dana Point, Dawn did my make up, I received shoes, and my date also received help with a suit and prom tickets. It was a blessing.
I am so excited and on fire! I plan on becoming a volunteer for Operation Prom Girl and attending the first meeting of their new season very soon. I want to reach out to help others and continue to open up and share my testimony to benefit others with similar circumstances who are confused and feel like giving up. I want to become a speaker or a youth pastor someday. Dawn said I could start today because there are people that need help every day, everywhere. I’m so excited to see where my journey leads me.
Thank you Dawn for giving me the opportunity to share this testimony and to become part of Operation Prom Girl and a new journey in life .
*Operation is non- denominational and is not affiliated with any religious institution . All are welcome.