Today we’d like to introduce you to Bama Andy.
Hi Bama, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I dealt with some sexual assault trauma as a teenager, & even attempted suicide 1 time. Then as a young man while in the Marines I went through more traumatic stuff & turned to alcohol. I became a hardcore alcoholic thanks to my “demons”, as well as just being a Marine. (Most male Marines definitely drink). I also kept bottled up the dark thoughts inside of me due to the mental abuse my Mom had been going through for years, especially the fact of being cheated on & such. I knew deep within that one day I was going to utilize my unfortunate experiences, & my love for others to help people. Over the last of 10 years or so, I’ve utilized the name of BamaAndy on social media, & became a voice for others. I’ve utilized my platforms to help raise money for people (an example would be a mother whose 21 y/o son committed suicide due to bullying on TikTok. I personally raised over $1K to help the family with expenses in a short time). I’ve communicated with battered women who felt they had nobody to turn to, & helped them get out of those terrible situations. I’ve especially become closer to the youth in the last year or so, as I’ve strived to lead by example, & help steer them in a direction towards Christ. I’m now an Ordained Minister, & utilizing my platforms to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, & offering Christian Counseling, Baptisms, the opportunity to Marry couples, etc. I feel God gave me all of these opportunities to “be a voice” for people who feel they don’t have one, & to witness to lost people. God loves you right where you are, & so does BamaAndy!!! Without Christ I am nothing, & I’m so blessed to be where I am today. I truly believe I’ve been called to work with people, especially the youth, & show them that it’s ok to be a human & make mistakes, but the love of Christ never stops & He’s always there for you. Due to my living a spiritual life, I strive to love ALL people the same way.
For anyone looking to get things off of their chest, seek advice, needing counsel, need a wedding officiant, etc, please consider checking out www.BamaAndyMinistries.org or hitting me up on TikTok &/or IG @ BamaAndyMinistries, or Facebook Page BamaAndy. #IAmAVoice #BamaAndyMinistries #MakingJesusFamous
Email me anytime at BamaAndy@BamaAndyMinistries.org.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all. As stated in the previous section I’ve dealt with sexual assault trauma, attempted suicide once as a teen, battled demons with all that as well stuff my Mom was going through, became a heavy alcoholic, etc.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a truck driver. I’ve been trucking for almost 8 years, & take great pride in delivering our country’s goods. I’ve worked in many different fields including carpentry, plumbing, payroll & accounts payable, to receiving, & more. I specialize in loving others the way Jesus loves us (or strive to do so).
My biggest accomplishment/what I’m most proud of would be at the age of 37 when I truly surrendered my life to Christ, & strive to live for Him, & strengthen the Kingdom of God. A close second would be when I defeated the alcohol addiction 9/6/14. Almost 8 years COMPLETELY alcohol-free. Not even a drop!
Although I’m often judged for being a white southern man who believes the Bible, is a conservative man, who even has a “rebel flag” tattoo on his forearm, I still love people right where they are, no matter what their sexual, religious, or life preferences & choices are. No matter what my beliefs are, I still know that I am (like all Christians) called to witness to others, love the sinner but not the sin, to forgive, to show grace & mercy as God does for us so often, & to just be there for them. Love is what this cruel world needs, but we have to recognize that even deeper than that, Jesus is love & He is what/who we need!
Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I utilize social media (although many people are against them) to reach people, & be there for them so I’d say TikTok, Insta, Facebook, Snapchat, TruthSocial, & Twitter. The absolute biggest app that helps me is YouVersion/TheBible App. There are sooooo many great devotionals, &. Bible studies within that app. HIGHLY recommend!
- Website: www.BamaAndyMinistries.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BamaAndyMinistries
- Facebook: www.Facebook.com/bamaandytiktok
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/callmebamaandy
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/Bamaandy
- Other: www.TikTok.com/BamaAndyMinistries