My name is Carnetha “Meme” Wilson. I am a Junior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where I major in Psychology- I plan on becoming a Christian Counselor. I was born and raised in a single household in Dallas, Texas. At the age of 9 I moved to Waldo, Arkansas, with my grandmother who took care of me and my siblings. At the age of 12 I moved to Epps, Louisiana. By the end of my 9th grade year, I relocated again to Texarkana, Arkansas. While attending Arkansas High School in Texarkana, I was introduced to a lot. I started drinking, smoking, partying, and doing whatever else my boyfriend indulged in. I was of the world, so I began living like the world. The things of the world made me feel like I was escaping my brokenness. I didn’t grow up in the church, but sometimes attended and around this time I began to realize my brokenness and loneliness. The crazy part is, if someone was to ask me was I a Christian, I would’ve said yes! I thought because I attended church, ushered, tithed, and got baptized I was fine but what I didn’t realize is that these things wouldn’t get me a place in Heaven. After a while of running to my sins, they stopped satisfying me. I constantly desired more and they left me unbearably empty.
After high school, I planned on attending Arkansas Tech. Somehow I ended up at UAPB, and by the grace of God I received a scholarship. My freshman year started out bad for me. I had a very prideful mentality which led me to an altercation. This same altercation allowed me to meet with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry campus minister, Mr. Tarvoris Uzoigwe, where I was led to Jesus Christ. He sat me down, asked me a couple of questions, and then shared the gospel with me. As I heard the good news of Jesus for the very first time it was breathtaking and I was speechless. That night I gave my life to Christ and that February I got baptized. I began the sanctification process; Istarted to hate my sin and desired righteousness. I also lost many relationships during this time, but I gained brothers and sisters in Christ.
The semester after I got saved, God put the desire on my heart to start a choir for the BCM of UAPB, so I did. We started with only six of us on a karaoke machine, using instrumentals from YouTube. Now in my junior year, there have been up to 22 of us. We came up with the name Chosen Worshippers. God has truly blessed us with wonderful musicians, amazing equipment, and with the ability to travel and sing at the BCM and different areas in Arkansas. In January of 2018, I started a website called One True Gospel (www.onetruegospel.webnode.com). With the help of God, I’ve maintained my scholarships and a 3.2 GPA. Recently in my walk, I’ve had the desire and opportunity to share my faith with classmates and other students on campus. It has not been an easy task, but with God, it has been an amazing experience!