Featured Racer: Pamela Galvin
A hard breakup and her parents’ divorce led our newest Featured Racer, Pamela Galvin of January 2013 O Squad, away from her faith and into a life of drinking binges and trouble with the law. But God drew Pamela back to himself and used a business trip to Singapore to prepare her for the World Race.
Pamela grew up in a Christian home and, as a child, had a strong faith in God. But as she got older, her relationship with God began to fade. “I slowly started becoming too busy for God and more concerned with other people’s opinions and expectations. I lost track of my priorities and started living life on my terms rather than God’s terms.”
So when Pamela had to face a difficult breakup with her boyfriend and the end of her parents’ marriage, she gave up on waiting for God. “I never once trusted in God’s plan, or even considered it. All I wanted to do was run from the pain.” Pamela tried to numb herself with partying, alcohol, and drugs, and her first year out of college, she was booked for a DUI.
Throughout this time, Pamela’s life never looked from the outside like it had fallen apart. She had a successful career with a technology company and lived in a beautiful apartment. Pamela knew her partying lifestyle was wrong, but she couldn’t escape it on her own. “Instead of trusting in God’s salvation for my life, I chose to believe the lies of the enemy telling me that I had messed up and I was worthless. I was stuck in a pit of shame, guilt, and despair.”
To avoid dealing with her problems and facing her guilt, Pamela dove deeper into partying — until she ran into more trouble with the law. She finally realized, “I can no longer live this way.” Pamela started going to church regularly and thinking about her future. Most importantly, she decided to rekindle the personal relationship with God that she had had as a child.
Soon after, Pamela was sent to Singapore for three months for a work assignment. “It was during my time spent on the other side of the world that I finally answered that strong desire to reconnect with God,” Pamela says. “Even after living in a state of complacency about my faith, as soon as I started reaching for him he was there with open arms. I truly felt his mercy and forgiveness on that trip.”
After returning to the United States, Pamela went back to work. But she couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to life. She began searching online for mission trips, thinking she would spend a couple weeks helping people in another country.
“But the World Race popped up, and I was immediately intrigued,” Pamela said. “I started reading people’s blogs and found myself wanting to experience the miracles that they were experiencing every day.”
At first, Pamela hesitated to sign up for the World Race. “It was honestly scary,” she remembers. “I was 27 years old, had a great apartment in downtown Nashville, and had been working for the same corporation for three years.”
Despite her fears, Pamela obeyed God’s call and applied. “Even though a ton of questions were running through my head, I remember feeling a peace about the whole situation. I asked God to give me strength and help me through the process of fundraising, and sure enough, everything fell into place. Before I knew it, I was at training camp meeting my squad for the first time!”
Since Pamela set out in January, God has used the Race to change her. “I feel like a completely different person. I trust that God has me in the palm of his hand, and that he’s working behind the scenes for good.”
Pamela has already been to Guatemala, Romania, Kenya, China, the Philippines, and more. Check out
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