Today we’d like to introduce you to April Dawn Agnew.
April, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have written plays and poems since childhood! I became seriously interested in writing while in college. I was running late to class and got stuck behind a big yellow truck! Through my frustration, I yelled out to God, “I hate it when I can’t see what’s ahead of me.” I was inspired to write a “blog style” devotion entitled “The Big Yellow Truck” where I encouraged my readers to understand that our frustrations reveal a deeper spiritual issue, that if we overcome, nothing can block our vision or stop our progress! The response I received from my email list was overwhelming. In 2002, I started a weekly empowerment message. A few years later, it became a monthly empowerment message. I always knew I would publish a book, but I didn’t realize that my writing would bring healing to me first!
September 11, 2011 after two years of struggling with unforgiveness and hurt, I released my first published work- Daddy’s Girl Uncovered: Validating Your Relationship with God. Since then, I have released two additional inspirational books, Holy Habits: Developing Yourself in Righteousness (2016) and Saved and Celibate: The Christian Singles’ Guide to Success (2020). I have also released my first companion workbook: Saved and Celibate Workbook and Celibacy Journal. My journey as an author has been amazing! I hosted my first professional writers’ workshop in August 2020 and self-published a writers’ manual that guides beginning authors through their writer’s block by encouraging them to get their thoughts out of their heads and onto paper.
In addition to being an author, I am a licensed early childhood specialist and elementary school teacher of 15 years; a licensed Evangelist and foreign field missionary who has traveled throughout the Caribbean and Africa for six years; and a “newly” certified success and spirituality life coach! I am the founder and president of Special One Ministries, a ministry designed to build the Kingdom of God through courses, scholarships, and programs that promote the messages of celibacy and abstinence, educational advancement, spiritual enhancement, and wholeness! I offer a weekly women’s Bible study course, a yearly book scholarship, a weekly intercessory prayer line, and much more. It is my goal to change the trajectory of people’s lives, from helpless to hopeful, one life at a time! I am a peculiar woman called to a peculiar people for a peculiar cause!
Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing worth having will come easy! It has taken lots of hard work, hours of dedication, and consistent discipline to balance the amazing life I live! I struggled for many years with perfectionist issues which always breeds fear and procrastination. There was always an excuse to wait to do, to wait to release, to wait to act or move towards my purpose. However, I am a firm believer in prayer! This helped me to push forward even through the shame of failures and the responsibility of success. I have learned that many people would start their businesses, write their books, produce their shows, etc. if they knew the only thing holding them back was the person standing in the mirror before them. That is why the work I do is so important. I help people to understand that their struggles are truly their stepping stones to their greatness!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Special One Ministries – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My company began in 2002. Special One Ministries began as a catalyst to provoke young women like me to be “empowered” to go after their dreams. I grew up in a neighborhood where most of the young ladies never graduated from high school. I was blessed to live in a two-parent home, but most who grew up in my neighborhood either grew up with one parent or in the household of their grandparents. I wanted to let young ladies who grew up around me know that our circumstances, backgrounds, or location couldn’t put a sealant on the heights we could reach and the goals we could accomplish! I didn’t realize that I would be the first of my parent’s 12 children to receive a higher education degree, the first to travel outside of the country, and much more. My own accomplishments prompted me to desire to ask God to give me a way to help other women break free from all barriers to become who they’re meant to be. He inspired me to begin Special One Ministries.
Special One Ministries has been established in the community as a business that provides an outlet for women to develop, at their own pace, without fear of judgment! We are a voice for the silent and a safe space for the downtrodden! We specialize in the inner work of the soul to provoke transformation and successful outcomes! I am most proud of the numerous scholarships we have given to young ladies in the United States and abroad to further their education! This ministry stands out for our unique approach to sharing the gospel, going beyond the walls, reaching the “seemingly” unreachable, and provoking the helpless to overcome and live their best life everyday of their life!
- Daddy’s Girl Uncovered $10
- Holy Habits $12
- Saved and Celibate $12
- Saved and Celibate Workbook $15
- Saved and Celibate Combo $27
- Do That Jesus Tee $20
- Shipping $5.00
- Website: www.special1ministries.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @aprildawnagnew
- Facebook: Author April Dawn Agnew
- Twitter: @aprilisspecial1
- Other: April Dawn Agnew on LinkedIn
Niguel Valley, James Grimes