Strength From Struggle

by Angela Sanders, Freelance Writer

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

It’s not easy for a talented, strong-willed and independent lightning bolt like Beyonca to live with a large number of people and submit to adults who are not blood relatives. However, she admits God has used her time at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) to teach and grow her.

“I like to make music,” Beyonca begins. “I’ve been playing guitar since I was ten. Music has always been there for me. I just connect with it, I suppose. I’m interested in starting my own label company,” Beyonca says with enthusiasm. “My ethnic background is Egyptian, so I’ve had experience in a wide range of genres. A lot of my friends know people who already own production studios or know people who are going to production school. I want to go to Tulsa Tech for sound engineering so I can become a producer and mix audio. I might go to Tulsa Community College for a couple of years to learn business management, too. It wouldn’t be hard. School is easy for me. I get all A’s.”

Beyonca came to live at OBHC a little over a year ago. “First, I was kicked out of my parents’ house,” Beyonca recounts. “Then DHS forced me to leave my neighbor’s house. My pastor thought about this place and told my mom.”

“When I arrived, I was full of anger and hatred because I was forced away from everyone I knew,” Beyonca continues. “I’ve learned how to cope and adapt. It’s just hard to live a completely different life but I know God can use it in His plan. It hasn’t been easy for me, but I know if I’d stayed in my same town, I wouldn’t have had the experiences I’ve had here or met some people I really enjoy spending time with together.”

“What I’ve learned here has come through digging deeper,” Beyonca confides. “Right now, I’m in the stage of learning not to lean on my own understanding. God has been teaching me He’s the only One I can really trust by taking almost everyone else away.”

“My dad was deported. I was raised Islamic and I also dabbled in Satanism. When we left my dad, my mom met a Christian man, converted, and started taking all of us to church. God spoke to me and answered my prayers, so I committed myself to Him. I still struggle with doubt, but I’m learning most people do, and that helps. I’m growing spiritually, and I know without faith, I wouldn’t be where I’m at now.”


Beyonca appreciates her houseparents, the VanCampens. “They make me laugh, and I’ve had deep conversations with Mr. VanCampen about spiritual things. He’s been able to answer some of my questions and has given us opportunities to serve. We recently served the community and I liked being able to help give people a clean place to live.”

Beyonca thinks of herself as a giver. “I’ve experienced a lot in life,” she explains. “I’ve had to teach myself and learn from other’s mistakes. I’m good at using what I’ve learned to comfort others and give good advice in certain situations.”

To those whose financial gifts support OBHC, Beyonca offers her thanks. “Thank you for giving what you have to kids who need somewhere to go,” she says. “Your selflessness has given me the opportunity to meet genuine people I can trust and enjoy spending time with, and I’m grateful.”