After a life of alcohol, drugs, broken relationships and three abortions, a 1993 graduate of William Woods University put her trust in God, and he changed her life. Now she brings her
message of hope, forgiveness, healing and unconditional love to her alma mater.
Susan Jaramillo, who holds Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design and Master of Business Administration degrees from WWU, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Ivy Room on the lower level of Tucker Dining Hall. Her talk is free and open to the public.
Jamarillo shares her story on college campuses, and is speaking at William Woods at the invitation of Terry Martin, professor of art. She believes the choices she made during her youth and college helped her develop into the person she became.
“I was successful and involved—freshman class president, gave tours on campus, held offices in my sorority, but I was struggling with grades, alcohol and broken relationships,” said Jamarillo. “No one knew my inner torments because I hid them.”
She believes some young people are searching for their identity and many silently suffer and struggle with things they are too scared to talk about. This is what drives her to continue sharing her story.
“In 2007, after 35 years of wandering, pain, hardship and trauma — the results of trying to satisfy self-driven needs, wants and desires — I was transformed instantly through an encounter with God. With his amazing gifts of unconditional love, grace and healing, which he offers freely to each one of us, God rewrote my heart from the inside out,” Jamarillo said.
After terminating three pregnancies earlier in her life, Jamarillo learned in 2010 she had been conceived in rape and her mother had opted to keep her. In December of 2011, she started a post-abortive healing ministry and works with women who have experienced abortion and other traumas in their lives. In 2012 she teamed with Ugandan Minister Isaac Mukisa and
wife, Annabelle, to start an organization “The Remnant Generation.”
The organization works with Uganda’s youth concerning healthy lifestyles, pregnancy and abortion. Together our team continues to reach across Uganda ministering in schools, churches, pregnancy centers, maternity homes and prisons.
Jamarillo earned her MBA at William Woods in 2011 and was awarded a full scholarship to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She graduated in May 2014. Currently she is in the Doctorate of Ministry program at Regent University and was awarded the Dean’s Leadership Scholarship. She is a licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God.
Her recently released book, “How God Rewrote My Heart,” is her personal story of how God redeemed her life.
“I encourage you to order one, three, five, or 10 copies of this book to share with others. I look forward to sharing my story with you,” Jamarillo said. “Be inspired to look deep within yourself, and trust in God’s love and grace.”