Wednesday, December 14, 2016
7:00 p.m. CST
Soul Chasers Ministry
About Belinda Jewell:
Growing up in middle class with parents who were very strict could have never prepared me for what life held in store for me. My parents had rules and you were expected to follow them. Regardless of the rules they had set, I still found myself living a life of rebellion at a young age. At the age of 11 I began smoking cigarettes. At age 12 I began drinking and at the age of 13 I was introduced to marijuana. By the age of 17 I had tried everything. Methamphetamine became my drug of choice.
When I was 19 I married my best friend and marriage seemed to be great. We partied often but we managed to still work. Together we shared two wonderful children and we built our first home. In 1991our home burnt to the ground. My husband began drinking and things quickly became rocky. I was what you could call a functioning addict. I worked and I was extremely active in the community. I’d love to say that I just chose to do drugs for fun but the truth is that I used drugs to cope with a traumatic experience. The year my house burnt down, I was raped by father in law. I was devastated and drugs were there for me. My marriage fell apart and I was empty.
I left in 1997 and by this time I was wide open in addiction. My journey in the penal system began also. This journey lasted until the year of 2001. Sadly, I never found the Lord while in jail. I knew God was there and he was working in my life. For show, I went to church during the years of 2002 and 2003. I was so dedicated to looking good by going to church that I even went when I was high sometimes. I can tell you that God still heard my cry. I was so sick of addiction. I was tired of needing drugs. I was tired of being bound.
On August 2, 2003, I had been awake for a couple of weeks when a friend of mine visited me. He was high on drugs but God spoke to me through him. He told me some voice kept telling him to tell me that “you are lukewarm and He will spew you out of his mouth”. That event occurred at 4 o’clock PM. I cleared everyone out of my home. Thursday through Saturday God loved on me. Sunday I went to church and openly confessed my salvation. Two weeks later, on a Wednesday, I went home and God told me that this would be my last cigarette and he was true to his word. God fully cleaned me up.
In 2005 I was introduced to Mothers Against Methamphetamine. This is when God called me into the jails and juveniles in order to tell them about what he had done for me. God called me to be a Soul Chaser. In September 2007, God called me to come to Tennessee in order to minister in the Cocke County jail. I’m now living the life of a SOUL CHASER!