Tracy Glasco- DELEGATE, Religion and Theology
My Journey Out Of Darkness
The self- image I had of myself as a child and well into my adulthood was greatly influenced by the relentless cadence of voices from the adults in my life stating that I would never amount to anything and I should not have been born; I experienced constant rejection and trauma, both physically and emotionally. Persistently, I attempted to block the reality of my painful childhood and disoriented adulthood. My life was a constant reminder of defeat, hopelessness, low-self esteem, and was decorated with destructive vices and the contemplation of suicide. With my unfortunate belief in the words spoken over my life, my future actions and behaviors were tremendously impacted. I fell prey to destructive thinking, relationships, behaviors, and emotions and was plagued with anger. Consequently, I lived a very defeated life in the midst of my own selfish world, trying to fix myself; but failed miserably.
I was damaged, completely broken, and at the lowest point in my life exempt of any knowledge of God or His son Jesus Christ, lost in the darkness and in utter degradation. However, I was awaken one night by the sound of my television, hearing what I thought to be a direct word from God on a ministry program, “Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). After reading the Scripture, the minister went on to say, “This is why your life is going the way it is because of that stinking thinking, if you change your thinking God will change your life”. In that very moment, God began to retrain my perception of myself through his Holy Word. He has been true to his promise, I have changed my thinking and He has absolutely changed my life. I now understand and receive that which has befallen upon me for God is repairing, redeeming and restoring all that has been lost. He has given me wings to soar and placed a desire for me to become everything he has created me to be.
With that, I have given my entire past to Jesus and have dedicated the rest of my entire life to God and His ministry of helping other women in their struggles, pains, memories and victimizations. I graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a B.A. in Women’s Ministry and a minor in Bible in December 2014. For the past five years on a weekly basis, I go to the County Prison to minister to the women. Additionally, I offer mentorship and Bible Study to those women who have a continued thirst for God and change after their release. Moreover, God has breathed a vision for a ministry into my Spirit, and dared me to dream big with Him. The ministry is making an impact in the lives of women in the city of Coatesville and the surrounding communities. Dreaming big with God, the ministry will ultimately make a global impact. He has now released me to my purpose and destiny, given me the keys to His Kingdom and has appointed me to go out and make disciples of Jesus.
About my company
Against All Odds Women’s Ministry is a 501c3 non-profit outreach community organization dedicated to helping women, one day at a time, to see and understand life through a biblical perspective. We are committed to mentoring, supporting and encouraging women regardless of faith, race, and/or culture through a one-on-one mentorship based on the twelve-step program incorporated into the ministry.
Whether we are fifteen or eighty-three, if we have experienced any sort of emotional, sexual, mental or physical trauma we are in need of healing. Regardless of where we are, we will find new freedom as we release our past and pursue our future through a personal-healing journey with God. Women who are in pain, hurting and living with a victimization mentality are everywhere: street corners, homeless shelters, prisons, crack houses, churches, workplace and even in our own homes.
The ministry reaches out to women who are hurting, broken, and in pain that are in need of godly inspiration, guidance and reassurance, to help them through the power of God’s Word live changed lives. The burning desire that is in my heart is not to allow women to walk alone as I did, through my difficult and painful healing journey. Over the past nine years, prayer time with God, dialoguing with others, visiting various places, ministering to women in prison and the community, and my own personal testimony, a powerful revelation became apparent; the ministry is much needed. On the other hand, the ministry is not limited to troubled women. We also welcome women who want to grow in their relationship and have a deeper understanding of God.
I chose this career path because
My desire is to help these hurting, broken women become free to live the life they were created to enjoy. There is endless women who need to know that they are loved, valued and do not have to stay miserably stuck. I yearn to let them know there is hope for them by the power of God’s word, if they totally surrender their life to God and allow him to mold, change and shape them. They can actually live a new life in Christ. I have a passionate desire in my heart to be God’s voice down here on earth to let these women know there is hope.
I prepared for this career by
First and for most through my life experiences and the things I learned through my own personal healing journey with God. On the other hand, God ordered my steps to attend Bible College where I was equipped and received the training I needed to succeed with the ministry.
The biggest challenge I've overcome
I was diagnosed with colon cancer July 2015. I had surgery to have it removed and went through six months of chemotherapy during the time of me receiving chemo my son passed away. It was very difficult for me because receiving treatments for chemo and having to bury my son at the same time was very challenging. It was not easy. However, my strong faith in God, by His grace, strength and power he poured into my heart allowed me to get through that season of my life I never took my eyes off Jesus, because I knew my suffering would bring glory to God. Today I am cancer free. Thank You God!
My greatest strength(s)
Motivating, Leadership, Mentoring, Healing, Bible Study, Public Speaking, Singing, Teaching, Customer Service, Event Planning, Team Building, Preaching, Biblical Studies, Theology, Hospitality, Charitable Giving, Non-Profits. Leadership Development, Fundraising, Volunteering, Encouraging, Coaching
My greatest accomplishment to date
Receiving my Bachelor's degree in Women's ministry, realizing that I can be successful that the words spoken over my life as a young child were so untrue.
My personal/professional goals
I would like to continue to grow and mature spiritually. I would also would like to expand the ministry by purchasing a building which would give me more opportunities to work with these women we mentor. I have been doing prison ministry for the past five years. I build relationships with these women having an opportunity to get to know them while they are incarcerated. However, once they are released the majority of the time the women have nowhere to go because of there destructive lifestyles there family have basically disowned them. I would like to continue what I start with them. For the reason that there is so much recidivism.However, besides incarcerated women I would like to reach out to other women struggling.
I also want this this ministry having a building in another county, state and ultimately go global. Besides the outreach ministry I also have a vision to purchase a building make it into a group home for women to help them get back on their feet.
I plan to implement prayer, praise and worship, time allotted for groups, invite guest speakers, put into operation various activities, have other ministries come under the umbrella of this ministry, have a clothing giving and a food giveaway. "All things are possible if you just believe" (Mark 9:23).
What/Who has inspired me the most
1. I gave all praise and thanks to God who called me out of the darkness into the light of his word.
2. I thank my professor Deborah Hinkel the first day I met her she never judged me. She always encouraged me to be an overcomer, rise above my circumstances because so many times I wanted to give up.
3. My friend Linda Ingram she always encouraged me to walk into my purpose and God given destiny. She said, "I was the daughter of King Jesus".
4. My late friend Antoinez by her actions and behaviors she showed me how to live a God ordained life.
I most want to be known/remembered for
I would like to be known as the one who reached out, saw the problem and offered a solution through her life and ministry.
I participate in the following organizations/memberships
Grimes Ame church president in training for the outreach women's program.
I have received the following Honors/Awards/Scholarships
My Bachelors Degree in Women's Ministry and minor in Bible.
I support the missions of these charities/volunteer my time
I volunteer at the Salvation army giving out food.
I volunteer my time on a weekly basis visiting women in prison.
I enjoy the following hobbies/interests
I am an avid reader, spending time in nature, taking walks, keeping up with the latest current events, bowling, singing, listening to music.