Manouchka Charles – Stronger With Her

Manouchka is everyone’s little sister; she’s good-natured, good-humored and good-hearted. She is teachable, musically tuned and loves people. As she led worship at the Well, I couldn’t help but notice her fire for God. Her decisions revolved around the plans that God has set for her. Moving to Miami was one of these decisions.

If there is one thing I would like you to know about her is that she is a fighter! Do you recall the post “Remember Lazarus?” I wrote about her after she got into an accident in Mexico. I said, “God is NOT done with Manouchka. Her story is NOT over.” As we all gather to pray for her, many of us became distressed. While she is in ICU she put on her the full armor of God. She had on the belt of truth buckled around her waist, the breastplate of righteousness in place, her feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. She took up the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit and fought back. She fought hard and long and she won. This victory has amplified her testimony and anchored her faith even more in God. This was a miracle in motion.

Here is my virtual interview with Manouchka:

1.What do you do? 
I am on staff at VOUS Church, as our Next Steps Director. I have the privilege of connecting people to our church and helping them connect to their purpose. I’m also a worship leader, bass player, guitar player, reader, writer, leader, creative, survivor. 

2.What is one thing you would you like the audience to know about you? 
I moved to Miami, FL 4 years ago and didn’t know that would begin the journey to unlock things in me that I had no idea existed. It has been a journey of trusting God every single step of the way. It has been a leap of faith but God has been so faithful.

3.How do you deal with failures, hardships, judgmental and pessimistic people?
The way I deal with those things is through prayer and getting around the right people. I’m in one of the hardest season of my life currently and it has been me clinging on to God and reaching out to people God has put in my life that has been key. Being honest with where I am is so important.

I usually don’t entertain judgmental or pessimistic conversations. 
I’m always looking on the bright side, my goal is to challenge those kinds of conversation and redirect it to something more positive.

4.What is the one thing that you would say contributed most to your success?
Success is progressive, and what contributes to that daily is first and foremost God. Foundation, family, friends and great leadership. I learned to always stay teachable, there is always more to learn.

5.What advice would you offer women wanting to be like you and make a difference?
Be exactly who God has called you to be, honor where you are, and trust God every single day! If you want to make a difference, love people, ask God for the heart to love people, He’ll show you how.

I’m stronger with her while I build my confidence in God, learning to fully trust Him. Every time I get weak and lose sight of what God promised me, I can look to her testimony, finding an assurance to hold on. Knowing that God did it for her, He will “do it again” on my behalf.

Here’s to the growth of every seed of greatness in your life Manouchka
Cheers!

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