LaShunda Nickles, Pastor/Founder
LaShunda Braxton-Nickles was born and raised in Houston Texas.
She is 34 years of age. She is a mother of two beautiful children and a widow of her late loving husband. She has been ordained as a Pastor and she's
very involved in ministry. She gave her life completely to God. She
is now a new creature in Christ. She is on a new journey and will
continue to grow in grace in the name of Jesus. This is just the
beginning for her. There's much more to come! Her main goal is to
continue to be obedient to God and love everyone as Jesus loves her.
LaShunda Nickles minister the Word of
God to those who will hear. She speaks at workshops, churches,
outside events, hospitals and to wherever God leads her. Speaking
engagements and helping people face to face is what she enjoy doing.
She believes that God has placed her here to encourage others and be a
voice for all people. She also believe that God has placed her here
to focus on both Spiritual and Physical needs of the world. She is
very grateful and thankful for everything God has done for her. God
has given her many amazing gifts, and she intends on using them all
for God's use and glory.
Her Vision: I would like to share a
vision that God showed me a couple of years ago. In the vision, God
brought me to the wilderness and drew my attention towards the people
trapped in the wilderness. The many people God showed me was
broken-heart-ed, wicked, prostituting, doing drugs, being abused,
sinning on top of sinning, confused, lost, and some who did not
believe in God. I look up to Heaven and asked God why is He showing
This was His response, "These are
my people. I came for the lost souls. Why have you forgotten about
them? I have called you to bring souls to me. I never said it would
be easy, but you have My Power and through Me all things are
possible. Don't forget about My purpose and My Will that none should
perish, but all should come to repentance. I want you to do your part
by reaching out to those that others seem to forget about. Don't fear
for I am always with you".
I begin walking into the wilderness
towards the people. I begin talking to them and embracing them. Every
single one followed me to a stage full of gifts. God spoke and said,
"there are enough gifts for everyone. Receive it and open it for
it is the Gift of My Spirit".
God opened up my understanding to know
as a Christian and follower of God, I should be concern about the
lost souls, rather than "playing" church. It is not about
who can preach, teach, sing, or play the instruments the best. It is
not about how well I can shout and only wanting to be around the
"righteous". It is about loving people and ministering the
Word of God to those who are lost. It is about being completely
obedient to God and understanding that God has not given us the
spirit of fear and doubt. It is time to get out of self and walk in
God's Spirit by reaching out to those who are lost and have been
forgotten about. ~LaShunda N.
Her History: LaShunda Nickles grew up
with three brothers and one sister. Her sister was one and a half
year older than LaShunda Nickles. Her sister passed away at the age
of 16. LaShunda Nickles was raised by her mother and her grandmother.
LaShunda Nickles had a very close relationship with her grandmother
who is now deceased. She grew up in poverty and face sexual
molestation since the age of 5. She was raped twice as a teenager and
tried to commit suicide twice. She became pregnant at the age of 16
and dropped out of high school. Everyone told her that her life was
over and sadly she believed them. She was told that she would never
be a good mother; she would never find a good husband who would love
her for her; and, she would never be able to get an education and
prosper in anything.
Right before her son was born, she
kneel on her knees and asked God to teach her how to be a good
mother. She asked God to help her in every area of her life and to
guide her in the direction He wanted her to go. At this time, she was
not filled with the Holy Spirit, but she knew enough to talk to God.
She decided to take the G.E.D. test. Her
first and second attempt to go take the G.E.D. test failed miserable.
The first time, she took the wrong bus and the second time, the bus
was delayed. Both attempts caused her to miss the testing. She was so
hurt and upset. She gave up and thought that her life was really
She became homeless with her son and
found a place called the Covenant House of Texas (a shelter for
teens). They took her in and found work at Burger King. She was so
sad and depressed in her life, however, it was something deep inside
her that would not let her quit. As time passed, she was able to get
a small apartment and provide for her son. She fell in love with a
loving man who is now her husband of many years. Her and her husband
decided to have a second a child. They both had a beautiful daughter.
The family that she always wanted was given to her by God.
She then decided to take a chance and
called a local college to explain her situation. She remembered
praying to God saying that if this is His Will, she will move
forward. The people at the college explained a program that they had
in placed for someone in her situation. She was given a test and they
said that her score was the highest that they ever seen. They
immediately enrolled her in their school, which became the beginning
of her journey.
She finished college with a 4.0 average
and received her transcripts. She have attended several schools and
have received many degrees and certificates for her completion in
school. She is currently in school and plans to stay in school as
long as God see fit for her to be in school.
She knows that everything about her
life is from the power and favor of God. Everything bad that was
spoken over her life, God changed it around to work out for her good.
She said to never allow anyone to talk you out of your dreams. Many
people may tell you that you cannot do anything with a two year
degree, an one year certificate, or even a six month certificate, but
Wisdom and the Guidance of God will teach you how to APPLY every
single knowledge that you have opened your mind to receive in your
life. God will show you how to prosper and become who He has called
you to be. Close your mind and ears to naysayers and open your mind
and heart to what God says about you. Nothing is impossible with God.
Her husband has passed away on October 18, 2015. Even through this hardship, Pastor LaShunda Braxton-Nickles is holding to her faith in God. As a widow, her grieving process opened her eyes to the many widows who haven't received the support they should have received. While many widows have different experiences, we all share the pain and loss of someone who was once a part of us. She started the movement, "Empowering Widows" in hopes to encourage widows to reach out and help other widows. In most situations, friends and families cannot relate to what widows go through. We as widows can be helpers to one another through love, compassion, understanding and long lasting friendships.