author of “Life in Spite of Me”
You are invited to join Ascension's confirmation students and congregation as national speaker, Kristen Anderson, share her story.
A suicide survivor, Kristen is on a mission to bring hope & encouragement to anyone who is struggling because You Matter!
Kristen is the founder of Reaching You Ministries, the author of “Life, In Spite of Me”, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, has been featured on Oprah and is a popular speaker at colleges, women’s and youth events, churches, and suicide prevention outreaches.
He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters.
He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.
- Psalm 18:16,19
A little about Kristen…
she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook on life. Once a happy child, Kristen’s world darkened after three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a depression that didn't seem to have an end. Then, on a cold January night at the age of 17, Kristen attempted suicide by laying down on a set of railroad tracks near her parents’ home. She was run over by 33 freight train cars at 50 mph, and both of her legs were severed, but miraculously, she survived!! Motivated by the difference that God made in her life, Kristen regularly responds to speaking requests around the globe where she shares her personal story and the hope that there is in Christ.
If you have questions about this event, please contact our Youth and Confirmation Ministry Director, Tracy Bahn, at firstname.lastname@example.org.