Jesus saved me-He really did. He not only saved me from spending an eternity apart from Him and His love, but most days I realize that He has saved me from myself!
Many of the struggles and negative ways that I viewed myself stemmed from events in my past that I had no control over. I was born into the home of a single mom who had many problems and was not able to care for me properly. We lived in the ghetto of North Long Beach, California, and were so poor that some of my earliest memories are of walking around our neighborhood with my mother begging for money. We were that family that many of us pass on the streets every day. My birth father passed away when I was three years old. I also experienced abuse at a young age. There were many times that I would be left home alone to care for myself. Spending much of my early life in foster care eventually led to a family taking me into legal guardianship.
As a result of what I experienced, there were many deep scars on my soul. I had many ways of thinking about myself that were never a part of how God thought about me. I came to know Jesus in a personal way at fifteen years old. Then the real work of mending my broken life and heart began! God almost instantly gave me a sense of some of the plans He had for my life. I had a desire to share Him with others-even people I had never met-all over the world. He gave me His love for people and a desire to serve in missionary work.
A wonderful, older man named Ralph Cruz discipled me in who I was in Christ and how to minister to people on the streets. I had such a passion to share Christ with all who would listen! After feeling compelled to spend my life in ministry, Ralph shared about a Bible College called Christ for the Nations. Knowing I needed healing and training on how to follow God’s plan for my life, I boarded a plane at seventeen and attended CFNI in Dallas, Texas, where I spent the next four years being radically transformed by my God. I was able to return to Christ for the Nations in March of 2013 to receive my ministerial credentials.
It was there that I began to learn and believe how much my heavenly Father truly loves me. His love became so real, and that is what began to untangle the mess my soul was in-one cord at a time. As healing and freedom came, I was able to walk out God’s plans for me more fully than ever. He opened the door for me to travel to Morocco, North Africa, and I have never been the same since. My heart beats to take Jesus to those in the furthest, darkest places in the world and see the unreached touched by the love of God.
God transitioned our family to beautiful Redding, CA to be a part of Bethel Church and for me to attend Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in 2016 and this is currently where our family resides. During the past few years, God has given me the opportunity to release His presence and love in Australia and also in Malaysia. Many were touched, healed, delivered, and saved by the power of Jesus!
Gabby, Andy, and family
My husband, Andy, and I met at Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas where we were preparing for ministry and married in 1998. Shortly after that we moved back to Salem, Oregon (my hometown), and raised our family there until moving to Redding, CA to be a part of Bethel Church in the summer of 2016.
My family is the greatest joy in my life! Andy has shown me the love that Jesus shows the church-especially while I was being healed and freed. He truly listens and loves like no other person I know. Together we have two beautiful girls. Sarah is fourteen and is a talented pianist who loves to shop. Emily is twelve and is a bundle of laughs and energy! There is no greater joy than to see them become the young ladies God created them to be! As I sit back and look at my family, tears come to my eyes because I realize how much God has restored to me. How much He has made up for what I did not have growing up. I have come to learn that our past does not have to keep us from living in the destiny that He has for us!
Some other things I enjoy are cooking and baking. Cupcakes are my specialty! Anything outdoors gets me super energized-hiking, camping, gardening, and exploring nature. Traveling the globe is so exhilarating ! I love to shop, decorate, and make my home beautiful. I also think I have a small addiction to reading! I will read anything I can get my hands on.
Writing is another passion of mine. I love to express my heart and God’s through my writing. God took me up on the writing thing. My book, In His Footsteps, was released in the Summer of 2014. In it, I vulnerably share more of the story of how God has healed and freed me. It is a beautiful story of redemption and how Jesus miraculously healed me when I suffered from disabling pain.
How about you? Who has God created you to be? What does your heavenly Father say and sing over your life? What is He asking you to do? What are your passions? I realize that for many, you may have no clue how to answer some of those questions. Others of you are well on your way. Some of you may have desires that used to be ablaze in your heart but now only seem like embers. Let God in. Let Him do whatever He wants with your life. God has dreams also. Let Him fulfill them through your life. Believe that He wants to! Trust me-you will be utterly amazed at what He can do with you!
This is where my passion comes from. From the heart of God. From spending time with Him and receiving His endless love for me. He is passionate at His core. This passion caused Him to come for us. He came and died and rose again for us. He came and experienced rejection, ridicule, and mocking for us. All for us. Now it is time that we do something for Him-because of His love for us. If you do not know Him yet, let Him in. He is waiting and has incredible plans for you!
Because of His love,