Michelle spent most of her growing years down in Paraparaumu where her Dad was employed as a Postmaster. She has fond memories of childhood, growing up in a beautiful spot, where she would spend her days with her neighbourhood friends, fishing for eels and building forts, as long as they were home for tea by 5pm. One of her friends went to church and from time to time Michelle was invited to go along, she enjoyed the family atmosphere and thought it was a nice thing to do. Her Dad was against religion but mum believed, she had a Bible and often pointed out scripture. Michelle grew up to be compassionate and a determined young women.
Finishing school at 15, Michelle found a full time job at Copsford Florist at Coastland Mall, spending the next twenty-two years as a florist...
Today Michelle is a solo mum with four children, Ashley 21, Michael 17, and twins Toni and Grace 7½. She is co-ordinator for Friend’s Plus, Tuck In and Wake Up service in South Taranaki. A service caring for the elderly in their own homes, making sure they take their medication, they are secure and dressed, ready for bed or the day ahead. Michelle enjoys connecting with people, caring for the elderly and co-ordinating staff. She feels so blessed to have a job where she can work from home and have flexible hours, a perfect situation for a solo mum.
Michelle has always been a keen cyclist but after having three serious cycling accidents, she has decided to take up walking 8km’s every second day instead. In her last crash Michelle was biking out to Normanby at 42km/hr and a lady turned right in front of her – colliding, her bike cracked in half and she broke both her legs. Not knowing this she kept trying to get on her bike but couldn’t, she was embarrassed wondering what was wrong with her. Next thing she passed out and nearly dying of shock, the ambulance took her to hospital.
Michelle has developed a strong interest in diet and health after feeling like she lacked energy and doctors found a thyroid condition. So she has decided to go Vegan and started following the book Fit for Life and kicked the thyroid problem in 2½ weeks and lost 11kg in four weeks.
Michelle has always believed in the creator God who lives in heaven and she would often pray and thank Him, but when her Mum died she got angry and yelled at God and said He didn’t exist. Michelle continued her search with the Mormons and Jehovah Witness’s reading the Bible and asking questions. Then one day Michelle’s friends invited her along to the Baptist Church.
Michelle was ready for church, it was the right time after being through a rough relationship breakup, the final step was to split the assets and move out. The church family was supportive in many ways through prayer, encouragement and practical help. One answer to prayer was when a home new home was made available for Michelle and the girls which was close to school.
All through life Michelle has had an awareness of spiritual things, but not always in a positive way. The church family has helped Michelle identify and become aware of these spiritual encounters that were scary and didn’t make sense. What happened was every time Michelle would seek to learn more about God, along came a scary spiritual encounter, which scared the hell out of her and caused her to pull back. But Michelle was ready to face it head on and when it occurred again, it was the last time, she decided it was time to give her life to the Lord. Michelle thanked Jesus for dying for her and turned away from sin and asked Jesus to come into her life. She was baptised and received prayer for these scary spiritual encounters to leave in Jesus name and they have.
Let the heavens be filled with joy. Let the earth be glad. Let them say among the nations, “The Lord rules!” Let the ocean and everything in it roar. Let the fields and everything in them be glad. Then the trees in the forest will sing to the Lord. He will judge the people of the world. 1 Chronicles 16:31-33