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"I'm an Albino With a New Name"

IT WAS A CHILLING REALITY. I thought I would never overcome the hurt and pain inflicted on me by society's insults, name-calling and scorn. I was condemned to suffer and die like so many before me. Society assigned new names for me with such regularity that some people accepted these names as normal. ...

I had lost sight of God's blessings for me as I focused on my pain. But again God said to me in Isaiah 62:2-4: "Thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.... Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land anymore be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah and thy land Beulah." ...

People still often stare at me. I still hear questions about my origin, accent, spots and wrinkles. The name-calling probably will never stop, but my strength is in God! You, too, can find your strength in Him. You are called by His name. You belong to Him. You are special too.

 

Northern Caribbean University

December 22, 2016

"Northern Caribbean University (NCU) will host its annual Research Week on February 6-9, 2017, on the Main Campus, in Mandeville, Manchester. The event will be hosted under the theme: Innovation Through Research: Mission Possible. We take this opportunity to invite you to be the Guest Presenter on February 8, 2017, at 11:40 a.m.- 12:00 noon.

This conference will seek to highlight research that has been conducted by internal and external scholars, and it would be an honour and privilege to have you participate as we believe that your contribution will be of great benefit to all participants."

- Beverly Cameron, PhD

 

North Orlando SDAC

April 28, 2017

"On behalf of our pastor, Pastor Olinto Groce and all the members of the North Orlando Seventh-day Adventist Church, we would like to extend a very special heartfelt "thank you" for being our Guest Speaker at our International Day Program. Your sermon "Blessings Through Generations" was such an inspiration and blessing to our congregation, that our members are still talking about how blessed they were.

The afternoon presentation was very remarkable and we thanked God for the way He opened the door for us to make contact with you, and for using you in such a blessed way. We will always remember you and your ministry in prayer."

- Carol Duhaney-King & Vivette Payne


Reviews

Carolyn Sutton

"I have finished reading your book-almost twice! I sped-read it when I first received it from you, but there is so much in it that, of course, I went back to reread it. Thank you for having the courage to write your story and share your pain so candidly. I can only imagine the blessing your book is to countless others who have suffered in silence for many years, one way or another. ...Perhaps as helpful-if not more-to all of us is your example of forgiveness (page 138). Then, those two wonderful faith-affirming chapters: "God Did Not Forget Me" and "I Did Rise!"

Frank Campbell

Editor

"I have two warnings for readers: First, don't be surprised if like other readers before you, you stay up late into the night because you can't put the book down. Second, don't be embarrassed if, like the author and other readers, you shed silent tears of your own."

Paulette Reid

" Silent Tears written by Sonia Kennedy-Brown is a strong realistic book revealing all the harsh treatment that the author encountered growing up as an albino in Jamaica. A book written with a sympathetic character, humor and a great spiritual emphasis. that most people and especially those with a disability can identify with. And most of all a book that the reader won't be able to put down."