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Eighteen-year-old Mykehia Curry is the first in her family to go to college. She was so excited to attend Albany State and pursue a degree in nursing, she told WMAZ.
"... I'm doing this so my little brother can have a better life. I have a 7-year-old little brother."
But as she was packing, she realized she didn't have everything she needed like a comforter, refrigerator, or other college supplies. Her family didn't have the money to help her out and she didn't know what to do.
So she took a chance and decided to ask God for help. Mykehia wrote a letter to the Lord.
"God help me go to college. God this is me again, please help me get everything I need to leave Wednesday. I love you, Amen."
She wrote her number on the slip of paper and attached the note to three Mylar balloons and set it free. She figured no one would ever read it, but why not try?
"I just thought somebody may pick it up and throw it in the trash."
As the saying goes, the Lord works in mysterous ways. Mykehia will testify that this is true.
Jerome Jones was working at a construction job site when he spotted Mykehia's balloons. They were fluttering around in the breeze.
He explained to WMAZ:
"It was just there by the dumpster. I walked over and picked it up and there it was."
Jerome also happens to be a part-time minister and after reading Mykehia's note, he approached church officials. They decided to help her out.
"It was God calling me saying, ‘You need to answer this,' and I did."
Mykehia could not believe it when Jerome, a total stranger, showed up on her doorstep with a dorm fridge and comforter just for her. Jerome dismissed the praise people heaped upon him for his generosity.
"She was like, ‘Is this mine for real?' and I said, ‘It's yours. God answers prayers. I like helping people, especially young people. They're our future."
Jerome and the church's gift to Mykehia won't be just a one-time deal either. He intends to remain in touch with Mykehia and be there for her if she ever needs anything.
What a true testimony of God's love as shown in this outpouring of support for a desperate and disheartened teenage girl about to strike out on her own. It's a beautiful example of how we can all bring a bit of light and hope to others.