Written By: Pascale Colucci
Hello Sisters in Christ!
I’m so honored to have this opportunity to contribute a post for the Uniquely Yours Blog this September 2015! Praise the Lord! When Kerrington first approached me in June to contribute to ‘Miracles Week’, I was super stoked and in my mind, I was hoping and expecting to share how the Lord provided a huge financial breakthrough for my husband and I to pursue seminary education as by this time, we were supposed to be in Denver, Colorado! However, we are still here. As I prayed and sought Jesus’s heart for this blog, I feel He wants me to be ‘real’ and use my past and current circumstances to encourage every one of you who is reading this blog.
My Personal Testimony
I would like to start by sharing a brief testimony of my life with you. I’m from Singapore (Southeast Asia!) and I was raised by my mom, grandmother, and all my mom’s siblings (which I would never exchange anything for!). My dad left my mom and I when I was 5 months old, so I grew up looking for love and acceptance in ALL the wrong places – so wrong that my quest for “love” left me sexually violated when I was 15 years old. Over the first 25 years of my life, I found my identity in relationships (with the opposite sex), my career, material possessions, and being in the “limelight”. I moved from one destructive relationship to another until I finally lost all my self-esteem and self-worth. Until I totally lost myself, at least, whatever that was left of me. My life took a downward spiral in many ways.
Having been raised Catholic, I knew of God but I never really knew God. I sought to find answers for the heartache, pain, anger, rejection, abandonment, shame, hatred towards myself and my mother, and the verbal abuse from my mom in my life. I tried to find answers through occult practices and I even tried to find ways to heal myself. I was desperate for a fresh start and I knew that I had to get out of Singapore as my promiscuous party/drug lifestyle was getting the worst of me. In May 2010, I finally left Singapore to pursue a new job in Shanghai, China.
Four months into an emotionally and physically demanding job where I was verbally abused by my employer, I finally cried out to God for help. I cried “Lord, I can’t do this by myself anymore, I need Your help. And I’m not leaving Shanghai.” By November 2010, I officially became a Christian; I became a child of God. Alleluia!
Why am I sharing my testimony? It’s because Revelation 12:11 promises “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Before I surrendered my life to Jesus, I loved my life to death and it did lead me to a mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual death. It’s a MIRACLE that I got saved and it’s a MIRACLE that I’m even sharing my testimony with you. Praise the Lord!
Since I became a follower of Jesus Christ, my life has radically changed! Jesus healed me of rejection, abandonment, anger, and self-hatred! Jesus delivered me of sexual addiction, smoking, drinking, and party-drugs! Jesus has given me a new heart that beats only for Him and He has truly given me a new life, found in Him and in His agape love, alleluia! I have fallen so much in love with my Savior that I knew in my heart when He was calling me to ministry. I had little understanding of what that meant or looked like. In 2012, my husband and I heard the call to pursue Jesus even deeper, so we quit our corporate jobs in Shanghai, China, and we embarked on a new journey with Jesus through a Discipleship Training School (DTS) at Youth With A Mission in New Zealand. On February 7, 2013, at 2:52am, I heard the Lord’s audible voice in my sleep for the first time in my life. I heard Him say “You and David will learn about love and character building at DTS and you will teach it after.” I awoke in the middle of the night, thinking someone was talking to me but my roommates were fast asleep and there was no one else in the room. I will always remember this because His voice was crystal clear. From the moment I heard my Daddy’s audible voice, I knew He was calling us to serve Him full-time. And as I’m writing this, I’m being reminded of the call to be His missionaries. David and I have been serving Jesus full-time for almost 3 years now. Living by faith is a lot of fun but it also comes with a whole bunch of diverse challenges!
Here are some key moments in my life when I doubted God and how He radically showed up! I love that we serve a radical Jesus! Alleluia!
Miracles of Provision
While we were serving with YWAM in N.Z., we were behind in our rent for about five weeks. Throughout this time, we kept praying and asking the Lord if and when we could communicate our needs with our supporters. But each time we prayed, the Lord said “No, not yet, wait.” So we waited. But with every day that passed, our landlord who happened to be living right next to us kept questioning us about rent. I was really distraught and I felt so helpless. I wanted so much to reach out to our supporters but at the same time, I didn’t want to disobey God at all. I didn’t understand what God was doing and my heart grew weaker as time passed. Our situation was getting pretty bad and if we waited any longer to pay the rent, we would have faced a legal issue! Finally, we felt the release to ask for support, so we emailed all our supporters. Within a few hours that night, the Lord provided so much more than we needed! Praise the Lord! And little did we know then that the extra amount He provided would enable us to live in Windsor last year. Only God could have orchestrated such a divine provision!
Another really amazing miracle I would like to share with you is also about provision. When we first arrived in Windsor last May, we were newly married and we didn’t have a place of our own, so we stayed with David’s parents for the first four months. Let me break it to you this way single ladies— when you get married, if possible, DO NOT, again I repeat, DO NOT live in your parents’ or in-laws’ home, especially if they’re unsaved. It came to a point where we desperately needed to move out as living with his parents was daunting on our marriage. We fasted and prayed. We sought the Lord for a way out and at that point, it seemed like there was no way out. Then the Lord provided a rent FREE apartment for us!!! He also provided all the furniture and household appliances we needed!!! Praise the Lord!
You see, when you live by faith, most of the miracles you’d encounter are probably about provision because you become fully dependent on God as your source of income. After all, one of Daddy’s many names is ‘The Lord Will Provide’ (Genesis 22:14)! He is our Jehovah Jirah!!! Alleluia!
About Pascale Colucci:
Pascale is a daughter of Father God, a lover of Jesus Christ and she is joyfully married to David Colucci. She’s a foodie and coffee enthusiast. She also enjoys travelling, reading, cooking, baking, dancing, running and wake-boarding. Pascale met her husband David while serving in the Alpha programme at an international fellowship in Shanghai, China in 2011. Their journey as vocation missionaries began with YWAM in New Zealand in 2013 and has led them to Lazarus Outreach Centre in Windsor, Canada since 2014, where she ministers to the oppressed and teaches the Word of God. Pascale has a heart for youth and women. She desires to bring them hope and inspiration through the Gospel, the supernatural love and power of Jesus Christ and her personal testimony. The Lord has been leading Pascale (and her husband David) to pursue seminary education as a stepping stone for future ministry. Since November 2013, Pascale is dreaming with God to establish a multi-faceted ministry to combat sex-trafficking across the nations.
“My greatest desire is to love and obey God, be on fire for Him, exalt Jesus Christ with my life, impact the nations and bequeath a spiritual inheritance for the generations succeeding me.”- Pascale Colucci