Today’s Guest Talks About:
- What kind of vision did you see as a teen that affected your future?
- How did it become real?
- When did you discover your passion reach people with disabilities?
- How have you involved others in expanding your ministry to Hawaii?
- Why has Biola University been instrumental in your development as a leader?
Tennis great Martina Navratilova said “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” Helen Keller stated, “I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.” There’s something inspiring about the hopeful way we see ourselves and others, especially in light of what many would describe as a set back. But, no. It isn’t a set back, it is an advantage. Because of God’s love it is a leverage point of fulfillment in knowing his love in a deeper way and sharing his love with others. Our guest today sees the inestimable value in people with special needs, a grace that the Lord has supernaturally imparted to her.
Shealynna Ringor was born and raised on the island of Kauai in a Christian home. Her parents raised her well, they loved her and were committed to raising her with Christ as her foundation. By her 8th grade year, she was basically ‘done’ with the church. She heard that Jesus loved her all her life, but she didn’t know what that looked like. The Word didn’t really become real to her until her junior year. Then something happened in that deepened her faith to a new level of authenticity. In addition, she saw something, a vision, that has since been used to galvanize the course of her life. Shealynna currently attends Biola University and is majoring in communication disorders. She wants to be a speech pathologist and help disabled students to communicate with each other. But, more importantly, to communicate with our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 139:16 says, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”