In December 2017 Bracey’s “perfect” world collapsed when her parents separated. It happened just months before an event she had planned to support the mission of Rapha House. She’d been working hard to pull off this big event as a response to a Kingdom Worker Card challenge she’d received the summer before. But the trials brought on by her parents’ separation caused her to question everything – even God.
“It shook my world,” she said. “As the second oldest of five kids, I had to take on more responsibilities of taking care of my siblings and listening to them. We stopped going to church for a while, and that was a sad time.”
Bracey said she felt caught in the middle of a whirlwind of social troubles, and she considered giving up on her efforts for Rapha House.
“My youth minister did a really good job coming in and encouraging me and being an ear for me to talk to, but at that time I wondered why God had put all these good things in my life just to take them away,” Bracey said. “I found God a lot after the event. Working through it, I didn’t know where He was. I struggled for a bit and that was a hard time, but I came out of it stronger.”
God moved in big ways at her event, which was held at a local theater – not only in her attendees’ hearts, but in hers, as well.
“Seeing everyone moved by the event and what Rapha House does made me realize my struggles weren’t anything compared to what the girls in Cambodia face,” she said. “I take a lot of my blessings for granted and that’s how I found God in the middle of it. I would tell any student going through what I did that none of it is your fault. You might feel caught in the middle, but you have your whole life ahead of you and focusing on your parents’ struggles won’t help you in the future. Focus on being able to lift up those around you. It’s what I did, and it helped me. If you haven’t found your purpose yet, just keep praying over it because it’ll come in the most unexpected way. Sometimes it’s the small acts, but whatever it is, go in 100 percent.”
To see Emily’s full story, check out her video here.
Emily Bracey is a 17-year-old from Angola, Indiana. Cambodian bracelets – like the one she’s wearing in the video – are sold to this day at her mom’s shop, Tillie’s Children’s Boutique, and the proceeds benefit Rapha House.