17 Apr Single Mother of 5 Graduates From Law School After Pastor Reawakens Her Childhood Dreams
Life has a way of impeding the dreams we dreamt when we had nothing to worry about. Sometimes those dreams never see a hope of reality, other times, they find a way to sneak back into our lives. This is the story of Ieshia Champs.
Ieshia Champs is a single mother of 5 who has overcome some of the most devastating losses and now has an added feather to her cap after her pastor phoned her to help in fulfilling her childhood dream of graduating from law school.
From the age of 7, Champs had wanted to be a lawyer, but her rocky upbringing as a teenager stacked the odds against her.
“I really didn’t have any stable guidance at that time. My mom was addicted to drugs. My dad was deceased. And I was homeless,” Champs said, speaking to CBS News. “I lived with friends or whoever would take me in. Then I got pregnant with the first of my five children, and things just went bizzare from there.”
Champs eventually found stability after dropping out of high school and landing a job at a call center. At the age of 24 when she was pregnant with her fourth child, she endured another devastating set of tragedies.
Champs’s house burned down; she lost her job; her mother died of a stroke; and the father of her children passed away from cancer.
The devastation eventually became too much for the Texas mother and she attempted to take her own life.
Shortly after the suicide attempt, however, she received a serendipitous phone call from the pastor of her church, the Ministers for Christ Christian Center. That was her moment!
Not only that, but Champs said that she had never told the pastor about her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer.
Despite her initial apprehension, she dutifully re-enrolled in school and acquired her GED. Then, she took classes at Houston Community College before going on to attend the University of Houston–Downtown.
“She told me that God would take care of me,” Champs says of Louise’s encouragement.
Finally after years of hard work, the 33-year-old mother is due to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May.
As a means of celebrating the exciting occasion, Champs posed for a series of photos with the five “mini-lawyers” to whom she credits her success.
“I took the pictures with my kids because they helped me through school. They’re graduating too!” Champs joked. “They would help me review with flash cards while I cooked. They would sit as a mock jury while I taught them what I learned that day. I would sit in my closet and pray and cry because I was overwhelmed and my oldest son, David, would gather his siblings, give them a snack, make them take a bath, gather their school clothes, all to make things easier for me. And I had no knowledge of him doing that until I went to do it!”
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