My parents did not attend church. They divorced when I was a young girl. My family experienced the pain of abuse, broken relationships, and sin that ravished our home and took the lives of two uncles through tragic deaths.
My grandmother attended the local Assemblies of God church when I was a young girl. When my cousin and I stayed with her on the weekends, the church bus would pick us up for services. I loved the church, and my grandmother planted a seed in my heart for loving God. In my teen years, a school friend invited me to a United Pentecostal Church in Independence, Missouri. There I was born again of water and of Spirit. I was so thankful to commit my life to God and grow in my new church.
When I attended the Pentecostal church with my friend at fourteen, I met the man who would become my husband, Kevin Shaw. He served under his grandfather’s ministry as co-pastor and baptized me. We dated for three years, and I married him right before my nineteenth birthday. We evangelized full-time throughout the States for the first seven years of our marriage. We then started a church plant in Los Angeles, California. We lived there for ten years, then moved to Denver, Colorado, where we currently reside, and pastor Denver’s House of Worship.
Denver is where my emotional healing journey began. Through challenging transitions, I realized I needed to revisit my childhood trauma to move forward effectively. I needed to heal from heart wounds and that I never wanted to deal with. God’s timing was perfect! Through this deep inner work of healing, a new realm of ministry opened up, and now my past misery has become my ministry.
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