Mandisa and her True Artist Management team are friends of youth ministry and are members of Team interlinc. Her American Idol and ongoing story speak directly to many of the struggles girls in youth groups are facing. Her Out of the Dark album (which came from some very difficult times in her life) and resource materials are featured in YLO107.
Here are excerpts from her 2017 “Good Morning America” and “700 Club” interviews.
Grammy Award-winning singer Mandisa revealed that she fell into such a deep depression three years ago after her dear friend Kisha lost her battle with cancer that she almost took her own life. “It got really bad – to the point where if I had not gotten off the road I would not be sitting here today. I was this close to listening to that voice that told me, ‘You can be with Jesus right now, Mandisa. All you have to do is take your life. It almost happened. But God… saved my life quite literally. (Kisha’s death) shook the foundation underneath me in a way that I didn’t expect. I’ve never been the type of person that shakes my fist and yells at God. I’m the kind of person that shuts down.”
God rescued her and she finally got help for the depression after friends held an intervention outside a movie theater. "I came out of the movie theater, this was after years of me being in that dark place and ignoring everybody, and I noticed that my car had a bunch of sticky notes all over it. As I got closer to it I realized that those notes said things like, 'We love you. Come back to us. We miss you. And then as I got closer to my car, a group of my friends, who I had shut out, they were there. And they had been waiting at that movie theater as I sat there and watched two movies, not just one, they waited there for over four hours for me. And they pretty much had an intervention and they said, “We love you just as you are but we love you too much to leave you that way.”
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