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Chantel

CHANTEL NORMAN

What is your name and where are you from?
Chantel Marie Norman and I am from Los Angeles, California.

Who is in your family?
I am married to Jon Norman and I am the mother of two gorgeous babies: Miracle Joy who is turning FIVE and Justice Murray who is turning TWO.

What is your background?
I was born into the Mexican gang life. At the age of fourteen I left home and was rescued by my youth pastors, who took me into their home, loved me as their own child and helped me on my way. I was a very mixed up little girl BUT God made a way for me, even in my darkest moments.

Is there one person in history you’d love to meet?
Corrie ten Boom, holocaust survivor. I feel a strong connection through her story of overcoming and forgiveness.

Do you have a life verse and why?
Yes, Joshua 1:1-9. When I was fourteen my youth pastor spoke this word over my life. Little did he know that verse would carry me through the most difficult times in my life, reminding me all the time that with God by my side I have NOTHING to fear.

What is it about the Sisterhood/Colour message or experience that resonates the most within you personally? Was there one moment in particular that sparked it all for you?
The Sisterhood message has helped me understand who I am in Christ Jesus. Learning to be comfortable in my own skin, not living in comparison with others but knowing that God made me special.

The moment that sparked it all for me was in 2002 – I just turned 19 and moved to Australia to study at Hillsong Bible College. I was a very troubled young girl NOT knowing who I was or who I was meant to be in Christ. One Thursday morning I walked into the weekly Hillsong women’s gathering in the hub at the Baulkham Hills campus and a very beautiful woman, who I later found out was Ps. Bobbie Houston, was speaking about the Proverbs 31 woman and how we too can walk as she walked. This was really foreign language to me as all I ever knew growing up was to live on the offence, manipulate situations to get my own way and to prefer myself before anyone else. This Proverbs 31 woman was a game changer for me and this message of life, hope and helping others who are in need has given me a reason to live this life with purpose.

What concerns you about this world?
The thing that concerns me about this world is the complete lack of care or concern for human life. The injustice that takes place all day every day, from little children suffering, modern day slavery, the refuge crisis in Syria and much more.

What encourages you personally?
The thing that encourages me personally is when I know that the people I have spent time and walked a journey with are now living out their purpose in God.

What is your job title? OR What does your life look like day to day?
I have a few different roles in life. My unique role is a wife to Jon Norman, a mother to Miracle and Justice. My main role is a lead pastor at Soul Church in Norwich, UK.

What do you love about what you do?
I love that I get to be a part of the solution here on earth. Helping people find their purpose in Christ is the most rewarding thing ever.

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