Briana Foreman knew her freshman year would be challenging, but she had no idea it would be the hardest year of her life.
A few months into her first semester at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Briana’s mother was involved in a devastating car accident. The accident wrecked her body resulting in serious muscle and nerve damage that would take months if not years to heal.
While visiting her mother in the hospital, Briana witnessed the nurses care for her mother’s body and soul. They prayed over her and showed Briana how to step into the role of caregiver. Inspired by their example, she decided to switch her major from business to nursing. But God was about to shift her perception of faith as well.
Up until this point, Briana’s faith was built on her mother’s. Now that her mother lay speechless in a hospital bed, it was time for Briana to stand on her own.
She joined Impact and started to learn more about God. As she became a leader in Impact, God exposed her to missions and evangelism. She started to understand how witness wasn’t just words but a demonstration of love.
During her summer missions trip to South Africa, she heard stories of Black communities contending in a post-colonial society. She realized she hadn’t come to serve but to learn. The Black South Africans’ warmth and hospitality, revealed God’s love for Black people across the African Diaspora. She became convinced God wanted to heal Black people holistically, just like the nurses at her mother’s hospital.
This May Briana will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and start a position at the very hospital that cared for her mom. She credits Impact with preparing her to step into her calling.
“I can combine my faith and my works,” she says, hoping her story will inspire more people to trust God and to invest in the next generation of students.