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Teen Overcomes Dad’s Death And Homelessness To Become Valedictorian And Earn More Than $3 Million In Scholarships

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17-year-old Tupac Moseley from Memphis high school managed to maintain a 4.3 GPA, scored a 31 on his ACT,  named valedictorian and earned more than $3 million in scholarships, all while dealing with the death of his father and homelessness.

The teen who is from Memphis, Tennessee, was faced with many challenges from early on. Tupac’s father died at the end of his sophomore year. After his dad’s death, came financial struggles. The family fell back on bills and got evicted from their home. With no other place to live in, the family became homeless.

Tupac said that becoming homeless changed everything. Focusing on school, college essays and scholarship applications became much more harder.

Tupac Moseley managed to maintain a 4.3 GPA, scored a 31 on his ACT, and was named valedictorian, all while dealing with the death of his father and homelessness.

Tupac Moseley managed to maintain a 4.3 GPA, scored a 31 on his ACT, and was named valedictorian, all while dealing with the death of his father and homelessness.

Fortunately, upon hearing about his dire living situation, a local organization, For The Kingdom, decided to help by providing a cabin for Tupac and his family to live in.  With a place to live, he was able focus better on his studies.

Tupac credits his ability to finish all of his school work and applications to his positive, forward-thinking mindset and to the strong support system he had behind him.

“The family I’ve bonded with at school has been my main motivator.” Tupac said.

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“Anytime I feel like this is too much for me to handle, this is overbearing, I can’t do this anymore, they have always been in my ear to me to make sure that I never give up. I didn’t want to disappoint them.” He added.

By the end of senior year, he had maintained a 4.3 GPA, become his class’s valedictorian, and received more than $3 million in scholarship money. That number exceeds his personal goal of $1 million.

“Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb.” Tupac said in his valedictorian speech.

Tupac received a huge number of university acceptance letters. But he will be attending Tennessee State University in September where he plans to major in electrical engineering.

“As I’ve been worrying about finances and money for most of my life, to know that I can be doing something that I’m enjoying for my next four years and really … starting my career off is … refreshing and motivating. I can do this with confidence not having to worry about anything else.” Tupac told CNN.

Tupac Moseley is one inspirational young man. Not only has he been able to overcome some really terrible and heartbreaking circumstances, he has also been able to come out shining above it all!

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Porn Star’s Amazing Testimony on Escaping Sexual Abuse to Become a Pastor

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Porn Star’s Amazing Testimony on Escaping Sexual Abuse to Become a Pastor

Crystal Bassette used to make $250,000 a year. She owned sports cars, a huge mansion in Malibu, a luxurious life with workers at her beck and call. She practically had everything money could buy, but she was very unhappy. She made her money from starring in adult films, but the shame she felt drove her into self-destructive lifestyle.

However, after finding Jesus, Crystal not only turned her life around, but she also became a pastor. This former porn star has an amazing testimony you just have to hear.

After finding Jesus, Crystal not only turned her life around, but she also became a pastor. This former porn star has an amazing testimony

After finding Jesus, Crystal not only turned her life around, but she also became a pastor. This former porn star has an amazing testimony

Crystal never had any plans of joining the sex industry. She was an honor roll student and varsity cheerleader. But the sexual abuse she experienced as a child left her in a troubled state of mind that eventually led her to fall into pornography.

“I was sexually abused when I was a child by two different people. So I went through a lot of stuff as a kid. It’s wordless. I’m alright now but it took me a long time. I went through a few years of therapy and stuff and so I realised why I was choosing the life that I did.” She said.

At just 16, Crystal got pregnant and desperately wanted to give her son the best life possible. Having grown up in a struggling background, Crystal thought that meant possessions.

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Determined to be able to provide for her son, she left for California, with the dream of becoming a model or movie star. But living in California turned out to be very expensive. While trying to pursue her acting and modeling career, Crystal was forced to begin stripping to make ends meet. While stripping, an agent recommended she try adult films. The money offered enticed Crystal into giving it a shot.

After the first shoot, Crystal was given a hefty paycheck, but was tormented by shame. “I remember after the scene, I sat in the shower for about two hours crying. Then I stopped after that shoot and didn’t go back for about one month. I ended up going back to it again and that’s when I was numbing myself through taking pain medicine and drinking alcohol to get through the scene.”

That marked the beginning of a cycle of alcohol abuse and a destructive habits that became Crystal’s life for the next ten years.

Crystal never had any plans of joining the sex industry. She was an honor roll student and varsity cheerleader.

Crystal never had any plans of joining the sex industry. She was an honor roll student and varsity cheerleader.

Crystal credits her reunification with Christ to several life-changing events. She was involved in a horrifying car accident in 2014 when she got behind the wheel drunk.

Thanks to God she survived the crash, but she was left with a broken nose, stitches down the side of her face, and a totaled Escalade. That crash turned out to be an eye-opener for Crystal, she could no longer ignore how out of control her life had become.

She decided to start going to church with her sister, that’s where her heart truly encountered God. “The day I was saved, I felt like the preacher was just speaking to me directly. It was like he was preaching to only me and you know that day I felt God was talking to me through his preaching and everything he said felt right. I got down on my knees and was just praying to God to just release me from everything and my mom was there and my sister came over and were just all crying.” she said

Crystal made the decision to leave the porn industry for good. She left that whole lifestyle behind and became a completely changed woman.

Crystal met her husband, David who is a pastor and the two got married in 2014.

Crystal met her husband, David who is a pastor and the two got married in 2014.

Soon afterwards, she met her husband, David who is a pastor and the two got married in 2014. Crystal went back to school and earned her degree and also trained to become a pastor. However, finding a job was a struggle. Most employers turned her away because of her previous job.

Even at church, Crystal received so much criticism and negative attention that she and David were forced to leave. But that did not discourage Crystal. “It’s like if I grew up as a teacher, I probably wouldn’t be helping people now. I probably would be completely different. My past made me who I am today and God has changed my life completely.” She explained.

Crystal eventually became a paralegal, and together with her husband, David, heeded God’s call and started their own church. And God is using Crystal’s past in a special way.

Crystal’s story is inspiring to say the least. It is evidence that however far away you stray from God, He still love s you very much and will welcome you back with open arms when you seek Him out.

Watch her incredible story in the video below, but please be aware that it contains some images and clips from her past that could be considered offensive.

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When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

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When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

Does your life sometimes get a little too hard, it feels like everything is going wrong and you feel like no one can help you? I know a Man that can!

His name is Jesus Christ, and He is only a prayer away. All you have to do is believe and ask, and everything will be given to you as is clearly written in the book of Matthew 7:7.

The next time all of life troubles seem to weight you down, here is beautiful powerful song that will remind you of a person who can do it all for you, change any situation you are facing and grant you peace.

When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

I can’t take a heart that’s broken, Make it over again
But I know a man who can

And I can’t take a soul that’s sinful, And make it white, whiter than snow
But I know a man who can

Some call Him Savior, the Redeemer of all men
I call Him Jesus, for He’s my dearest friend

If you feel, no one can help you, And your life is out of hand
Well, I know a man who can

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I can’t walk upon the waters, Or calm a raging sea
But I know a man who can

And I can’t cause blind eyes to open, Make the lame to rise up and walk again
But I know a man who can

Some call Him Savior, the Redeemer of all men
I call Him Jesus, for He’s my dearest friend

If you feel, no one can help you, And your life is out of hand
Well, I know a man who can

Some call Him Savior, the Redeemer of all men
I call Him Jesus, for He’s my dearest friend

If you feel, no one can help you, And your life is out of hand
Well, I know a man
Yes, I know a man who can

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Loving Dad Gets A Matching Tattoo Of His Son’s Chest Scar After Life-Saving Open Heart Surgery

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Loving Dad Gets A Matching Tattoo Of His Son's Chest Scar After Life-Saving Open Heart Surgery

Six-year-old Joey Watts, from Beverley, East Yorkshire, underwent an eight-hour operation at Leeds Children’s Hospital to widen the blood vessel just last month.

The procedure which came with a one-in-10 chance of survival was successful but it left Joey with a 9cm scar down the center of his chest.

“When Joey saw the scar, he just said, ‘Is this where they have cut me to fix my heart?'” Mrs Watts said.

“We’ve told him it should be something to be proud of and he shouldn’t be ashamed by what has happened to him. All of these warriors should be proud of their scars and all they achieve in life.” She added.

Joey Watts underwent life-saving open heart surgery that left him with a 9cm scar down the center of his chest. (with his father Martin, showing off his tattoo)

Joey Watts underwent life-saving open heart surgery that left him with a 9cm scar down the center of his chest. (with his father Martin, showing off his tattoo)

On the day after Joey was discharged from hospital, his father, Martin Watts, went to a local tattoo parlor to have a replica of his son’s scar tattooed on his chest to show Joey it is nothing to be ashamed of. Mr Watts also had his son’s heartbeat tattooed on his chest to the right of the scar design.

Joey’s brother, seven-year-old Harley, was also diagnosed with the same condition, supravalvular aortic stenosis, when he was 14 weeks old. SVAS is a congenital disorder that narrows the large vessel carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

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“We have another little boy called Harley with the same condition who will also be having surgery in the near future. So to us this is an amazing thing to do to spread awareness, and maybe encourage a few more people help to fund-raise for such a fantastic cause.” Mrs. Watts said.

The Watts family are supporting the “#ScarSelfie” campaign being promoted by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF), which hopes to inspire, encourage and enlighten others about the plight of those with heart diseases.

#ScarSelfie celebrates patients with congenital heart diseases and encourages them to share intimate photos of their scars. The campaign also encourages donations to CHSF, which provides aid to the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Joey underwent the procedure to widen his aorta at Leeds Children's Hospital last month

Joey underwent the procedure to widen his aorta at Leeds Children’s Hospital last month

Sharon Milner, CEO of CHSF, said, “We fully understand that showing a scar picture is a very personal decision and not for everyone. We are blown away by the bravery and resilience of the hundreds of CHD patients who undergo open-heart surgery and life-saving procedures at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit every day – like Joey.”

“This campaign is one way of celebrating the incredible stories of these heart warriors. Please do take part if you can, and support our wonderful cause by way of donations.” She added.

Joey will require three more operations to widen his pulmonary branches and stretch his blood vessels.

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