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Healing, Forgiveness, and Direction

Hi, I’m Stephanie. When I was 21 I went to volunteer overseas in Cameroon, West Africa with Shaping Destiny, an orphan care ministry that makes disciples and serves the poor locally and abroad. I had a heart full of compassion and the desire to serve wherever I was needed, but when I first came to volunteer with the ministry I was very damaged from my past. After wandering from my faith and living a sinful life for a number of years, I finally decided that I wanted to return to the Lord and commit myself to being used by Him. I had the chance to start over and my passion for orphans, paired with my newfound love for God, led me to enroll and begin taking classes at Austin Bible Institute.

Now that I have found forgiveness and freedom, I am serving with all my heart! I volunteer with Shaping Destiny each week, mentor jr. high girls through a local teen center in Austin, and continue to take classes as I work towards a degree in Christian Ministry to Orphans and Vulnerable Children. I can’t help but thank God for creating such a school that not only teaches me how to serve orphans with excellence but also how to become confident and mature in my faith. I see God doing a work in my heart and mind through many of the spiritual, biblical, and theological courses offered at the school.

I started studying at ABI in their Certificate in Orphan Care program and immediately fell in love with the training! I saw incredible growth in my spiritual life, in my personal relationships, and in my calling. I continued my education beyond the certificate because I couldn’t imagine cutting this training short when I was seeing such amazing benefits from it. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is interested in ministry work, especially focusing in orphan care. You will not only see your heart and soul opened by the Holy Spirit, you will experience mind-altering knowledge that will beneficially shape the way you serve. This school has helped me fall in love with my Father as I learn more about Him and experience Him more than I ever thought possible! I’ve found purpose and direction for the first time in my life and I can’t wait to see where God is going to take me.

This is my testimony of forgiveness, healing, and redemption in my first ever spoken word video!


This post is written by Stephanie Eitzen. Stephanie is one of my students who has a huge heart for orphans. Stephanie came to Austin Bible Institute about two years ago. Since then, God has done some amazing work in her life and is using her to bless others in tremendous ways.
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  1. God bless you sister!!

    • Thank you! I am amazed that God can use someone like me to share His story of grace

  2. Thank you Stephanie for sharing the transformation that God has brought into your life. It’s been wonderful to see God work in and through your life. I love you so much and enjoy seeing you bless others with your gifts. I’m sure God will do amazing things through you!

    • Thank you Dr. Ken! I am so grateful for all that you’ve done for me and all the time and energy you’ve spent pouring into my life! I know God sent me to work with you so that I could become the person I am today…a person 100% better than the person I used to be. Thank you for loving me and teaching me how to follow the Lord!

  3. Wow!!! That was powerful. Awesome! Amen.

    • Thank you Emily! I’m so happy that my story can be shared to give God glory and hopefully bless others! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Please share it with your friends and family…I know there are others like me who felt “too late for love”. Jesus constantly pursues us and desires to clean us up and cover us with love. I want others to know this!