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"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8.28
Diane spent the first 7 1/2 years of her life in the Philippines. Amongst many childhood memories, she remembers having to go outside to the outhouse to use the bathroom and watching the Jesus Film in Tagalog in her bario. Six families lived in one house, each having one room in which to live. Diane's mom led her to the Lord at 4 years old after looking at a trac shared by Campus Crusade for Christ in her hometown. Her mom later married her future step dad, a U.S. Marine, and moved to America.
It wasn't until Diane was 12 1/2 years old and heading back to the Philippines for a visit that she received crushing news… Diane's biological father, whom she had never met, had raped her Mom and she was the result. Diane turned her anger and hurt towards God and hardened heart toward Him. She wondered at times at how she could have the genes of someone who could do such a hurtful thing and why God would have created her in this way?
Still angry at God, Diane attended a bible study in a home near her house in San Diego. She remembers there being around 30 kids packing the hallway, lifting their hands in worship. The teacher of the study's passion and faith deeply effected her, but still she kept her heart hard.
At 17 years old God continued to reveal Himself in her life and she could remember for the first time feeling noticed by an infinite being. Her heart was softening. Diane poured herself into her studies and eventually completed a masters degree in childhood education. Around the same time, she began attending 1825 at Rock Church. At last a heart of stone was becoming a heart of flesh and she was learning that what she had thought was curse at her birth, was actually going to be a blessing. It was going to be her bridge to bring others towards the inexplicable love of Christ.
In 2010, Diane joined the IMPACT195 program; it was there that she truly came to understand grace. It was a grace she sought out to extend to others, especially those who seemed angry at God. Since graduating the program, Diane now currently serves in a year long IMPACT195 internship. She also helps disciple young women at 1825 Ladies' Café, hosts a bible study at her house and is helping others to start their own.