To the same degree, Samantha's life resembles that of a pearl on so many levels. Growing up with countless infiltrating attacks and declarations of war against her, Sam learned how to navigate through the struggles and the pain in order to protect herself from the enemies that arose. Like the pearl, Samantha was in for a fight and the wages were her life. From the inner cities of Cleveland, OH, she grew up rather quickly having the responsibility of younger family members early on. Often transferred from relative to relative, she learned to adapt to her environments quickly to maintain her security within. Bullied and rejected by everyone from classmates, to friends, and even family, life seemed bleak to a once vibrant adolescent youth. By her teenage years, Samantha would become a mother and eventually adopt an identity that still didn't define her. She was now a mother, a helper, a resource to others, but still never able to identify just who God called her to be. Feeling alone and fear stricken, Samantha's journey started in a dark place, but by God's design, light would make its way to her.
After several suicide attempts and eventual retreats of giving up, Samantha found hope in something greater and her faith in God ignited the next phase of her journey to becoming a true pearl. Embracing her trials and struggles as apart of the process, she began understanding her struggle wasn't unique. God began to instill in her the purpose she had been longing to discover. Through her own pain and anguish, she would allow her Pearl Process to encourage others that they too can make it through any obstacle. Starting with young ladies who would confide in her about their issues and later transforming her passion for others into an organization so fitly titled PRECIOUS PEARLS. Creating a safe haven for young girls to find refuge from the weight of the world is a constant goal for Samantha. Her goal is that by telling her story, it will help to edit another!
The process of a pearl starts in the most challenging and miraculous way. A natural pearl begins its life as a foreign object, unknowingly being infiltrated by parasites and other intruders that cannot be removed. To ease this problem, the oyster’s body takes defensive action and secrete a smooth, hard crystalline substance around the issues in order to protect itself.
As long as the irritant remains within the shell, the oyster will continue to secrete a gorgeous hard shell around it, layer upon layer. Over time, the irritant will be completely encased by the silky crystalline coatings and the result, ultimately, is the lovely and lustrous gem called a pearl.