Shaw Bates faced many challenges and struggles growing up with a learning disability, but over the course of his spiritual journey, he found hope for his future and a life of purposeful ministry. Learn how!
“I was not good at math, so I could not be an accountant. I was not good at writing, so I could not be an editor or writer for a newspaper. I could not be a car mechanic because puzzles are sometimes difficult for me. I could not be a policeman or fireman because I was slow and out of shape. And I was not college material because of my learning disability. I was praying and asking the Lord to show me what I was good at. I did not know what I was supposed to do with my life, ministry, and work.
“I would cry a lot because I thought the Lord did not want to use me. I was not good at anything and felt like a failure, like my life was nothing and meaningless.
“The Lord gave me the truth of Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’ Then, when I was 17 years old and a junior in high school, I felt the Lord telling me that I was good with people, and that He wanted me to make a difference in people’s lives and to serve Him in full-time Christian ministry.”
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