“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

We are blessed to be blessings...

I almost didn't make it. At 17 I dropped out of high school and by 19, teenage motherhood stood poised to knock me even further out of the game. Yet somehow— miraculously— it all worked out.

Now, more than anything, I want to be a blessing.

Professionally that means providing at-risk youth with the educational tools to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, giving them the chance that someone made sure I had. Personally it means serving wherever I see need, whether it be running a make-shift farmacia in Siuna, Nicaragua, leading a team of relief workers in Tarboro, North Carolina, or being a Big Sister in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

I am a product of amazing grace and I will bring out that grace in others, empowering them to be the people God created them to be.

I will live and love fully, without fear.

I will laugh often, and loudly, without shame.

I will be a Virtuous wife, and I will bear my man of God happy, healthy, precocious children who will love the Lord as much as their parents do.

I will touch lives.

I will nurture dreams.

I will be a blessing.

— Heather McLetchie-Leader