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June 23, 2014

A shining example

Missionary Michelle Perry delivers words of faith, courage and perseverance during 'Reign and Shine'conference

By DAVID MAY

Michelle Perry exemplifies that what you get out of life is based on what you put into it.

Even more so when your life began with the deck stacked against you.

Perry was born without a left leg and hip, undergoing 23 surgeries by her 13th birthday. By the way, she also spent about seven years in war-torn South Sudan, spreading her Christian faith and starting a children’s rescue school and home.

Then, in 2012 she was beset with cerebral malaria and other tropical -borne illnesses along with allergic responses to the dietary staples that sent her spiraling into a state of ill health for which she is still recovering.

A self-described “word weaver, published author, artist and illustrator, grace clinger, pixel tamer, sunset gazer, creativity and business development coach, visual branding aficionado, dream wrangler, paradigm iconoclast, creator of beauty and curator of wonder,” the native of Jacksonville, Fla., was in Mineral Wells this past weekend to help lead Well of Life Church’s “Reign and Shine Women’s Conference.”

In sharing stories of her life experiences, Perry’s message to women is that through God, all things are possible.

With about 40 people in attendance Friday evening, Perry said God wants each of them to be like a saturated sponge in their faith and belief and “leak all over the place.”

“I have good news for you,” she said. “He is real and He wants to show himself to you.”

Perry said when she was born the doctors didn’t think she “would stick around long.”

She asks people to not treat her or look at her differently. “When you do that, it makes me different and makes it easy for you not to listen. I’m not different.”

She does say she is “the most unlikely girl in the world to do what I am doing.”

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