At the age of five, Paula’s little world was thrown into a tailspin
when her father committed suicide. The sudden loss of her father affected
Paula’s entire family. Lonely and disillusioned, Paula began a decade
long search for the love and acceptance that she had only known from her
father to fill the void her father’s death caused in her life. Paula’s
cries for love were muffled by years of sexual and physical abuse from
the ages of 6 to 13. She experienced bouts of depression and suffered
from a serious eating disorder. She grew rebellious and cold, oppressed
by her situation. She was lost, and hurting, and desperate to be loved.
“To the mass majority of people, she came out of nowhere. It is
the same way you would feel if you were walking through the forest and
an arrow pierced the air. Seemingly, it came out of nowhere and it hit
a target and the target slumped to the ground, not knowing from whence
the shot came. But an arrow cannot shoot itself. It has to be propelled
in the bow of a mighty archer who has a precise aim. And it is in that
sense of an archer’s bow that Paula White has been shot into this
generation to declare the oracles of God.”
- Bishop T.D. Jakes
The Potter’s House
At the age of eighteen, Paula was introduced to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Compelled to learn more about a Savior who would love her unconditionally
despite her past, Paula spent the next two years buried in the Bible,
trying to learn everything she could. As she opened herself to God, He
revealed Himself to her. God showed her how He would use her voice to
set millions free. She had visions of preaching the Gospel to millions
and seeing people freed from bondage on every level.
Paula began ministering in the inner cities of the Washington, DC area
in the late eighties. By the early nineties, she was in post-riot Los
Angeles, teaching Jesus to children whose neighborhoods had been hardest
hit by violence.
The evolution of Paula White Ministries has included hundreds of large-scale
outreaches to the needy and lost, an orphanage and tremendous international
relief. Paula’s journey from a troubled past to experiencing the
abundant life of a true overcomer motivates her to touch people who, like
she once did, find themselves without hope.
“I know that life is filled with challenges and opportunities and
I believe that God wants us to face adversity equipped to win. God wants
us to turn our stumbling blocks into stepping stones,” says Paula.
Someone once said that she serves Faith Food. She serves the Word of
God and that is full of faith – faith to take you from the “familiar”
and move you into the future. “Faith causes change. Anytime there
is change, there is opportunity. That includes the opportunity to grow
more and see more and be more. Yes, it also includes the opportunity to
fail,” as Paula puts it, “but failure can be a step along
the way to completion of a goal. You can fail your way to success.”
Acts 10:34 tells us that God is no respecter of persons. That means that
anyone, (yes, anyone) can be used by God as long as they yield themselves
to His will. That fact was the driving force that catapulted Paula White
into her destiny as a powerful vessel of God.