This interview spotlight is for all women who are seeking to inspire and motivate other women to pursue their passion. We want to hear real stories from people we can relate to and learn from. Hope you will be inspired, encouraged and motivated by what they will be sharing. This week we caught up with Lorraine Ngwenya the founder of Useful Link.
Hie Lorraine, Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a 26 year old Zimbabwean born young woman living in Australia. I recently started my own business called Useful Link which seeks to empower young people in different spaces. I speak and run events in different settings where there are young people; on a different range of topics.
How did you come to know Jesus Christ and can you briefly share your Christian Journey with us?
I’ve known the Lord all my life having been brought up in an Adventist home. My own journey with Him didn’t fully start until late teens/early 20’s where I then discovered Him for myself. It’s been a roller coaster ride of finding who I am in Him and I’ve learnt never to let Him go.
What is your significant life bible verse?
Isaiah 41:10 NKJV  Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ It reminds me that He always has my back, He is for me. He WILL help me, that’s enough to give me hope and keep me going.
What have been some of your joys and greatest challenges as a young christian woman living in this generation?
Identity has been a huge one for me, getting to a point where I knew who I was in Christ and not apologizing for it. It’s still an up and down battle but He has definitely brought me a very long way. My greatest joy I would say is knowing that I can trust Him and I can go to Him with anything and everything, anytime… It’s such a relief to have someone who has immeasurable power, to get through life with.
What is your life work or passion? Or what you currently doing?
I love young people!! Love love love young people and I think we have so much to offer. That’s why I am doing what I do.
What advice would you share with other young women who want to pursue their passion and start their own business just as you have?
Surround yourself with people who believe in you and will help drive you even when you’re not sure. Believe in yourself. Jesus is on board with you, so just trust and step out! Of course you have to be willing to put in the work, you’ll make mistakes but it’s all a part of the journey. STEP OUT even if you’re scared.
In the busyness of life how do you cultivate your spiritual growth as a young woman?
I’ve realized I can’t do anything without God. I read my bible even when I don’t feel like reading it. It’s one of my “must do’s” in life. I talk to Him anywhere and everywhere and I’m just real with Him. When things suck, I let Him know. I think being real with God is what keeps me going.
What advice would you give to a young woman who desires to go deeper in her relationship with Jesus Christ?
Be real with God. Don’t approach Him with big words and promises that you’re not feeling or wanting to keep. Just be real with Him. Talk to Him like you would a friend. It’s a cliche I know but that’s what’s helped me.
What is your desire for the young women of our generation?
Oh I love this question!! I desire for us to know WE ARE ENOUGH!! I think if I actually believed those words years ago I would have saved myself so much stress and heartache. We’ve been called to a higher purpose. We gotta believe it!
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by young people living beyond themselves, young people who push themselves to be better! When I see that I am inspired and driven to be better because I am empowered to be.
Do you have any books or sermons that you recommend young women to listen to?
Ben Carson – Dream Big
Lisa Bloom – Swagger
Lisa Bloom – Think
And a sermon l would highly recommend is one by David Asscherick entitled too much perfect.
What are some of your favourite things?
I love food lol, spending time with people, hiking (I could do more of it though), singing, reading… That’s all I can think of from the top of my head.
What advice would you give your younger self?
You are enough! My younger self needed to hear that. My younger self also needed to hear that it’s okay to be me, I didn’t have to try so hard to be anything else
How can other women reach you or where can they find you online?