As an 80’s college student, I quickly went from 120 pounds to 108 pounds. I was often left with an excruciating choice: BOOKS or FOOD; RENT or FOOD.
But I wanted a college degree – no matter the cost, no matter the challenge, no matter the matter. And young people hardly ever see themselves at Death’s Door.
The rare times I ate, my body rejected the food. After missing so many meals, essential sustenance my body desperately needed and craved seemed to have become the Enemy’s cohort. I was starving – my body had literally turned against itself!
But the Lord taught me hunger.
Although I never missed a class and did all my homework, I nearly flunked out after my first year of college, landing me on academic probation after my first year of college. If I repeated my failures the following year, I would be kicked out.
But I was not quitting. I registered for another year. “Things would work out”, I reasoned.
The Lord instilled me with endurance.“Fight the good fight of faith…” (1 Timothy 6:12)
I found support at the Financial Aid office, visiting them almost daily. Unbeknownst to me, they had submitted me for grants and scholarships, and after a while “mysterious” checks began flowing in from everywhere.
The Lord taught me faithfulness and His mercy.
It would be later that year when I finally surrendered my life to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and began my life long search to know more and more about my first REAL love.
But at that particular time, I was like the blind man who answered the Pharisees regarding Jesus: “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”(John 9: 25)
It was no COINCIDENCE or GOOD LUCK that changed my fate; it was the Lord Jesus Christ: while I was still sinning, He died for me!
I do not know who He is to you. One thing I know: that though I was starving, He fed me!
May 1987, I graduated from college – only the second to do so in my family.
To this day, I can easily connect the dots and see HIM in everything – the good and the bad.
You call HIM JESUS. Yes, HE is!
I also know HIM as Jehovah Jirah and El Shaddai- The Almighty Provider!
BALTIMORE PRAYER POINT=====================================================================================
MISSING: Tracey Leigh Gardner-Tetso
SINCE: March 6, 2005
FROM: Rosedale, Maryland
Tracey’s 39th Birthday Would Have Been Celebrated March 21, 2011.
Tracey was last seen at approximately 3:00 p.m. on March 6, 2005 at her residence in the vicinity of the 7000 block of Bluegrass Road in Rosedale, Maryland. She was planning to meet friends that evening to attend a Motley Crue music concert at the MCI Center in Washington, D. C.; her friends had bought her a concert ticket for her birthday. Tracey never arrived at the concert and has never been heard from again. Her cellular phone has been turned off since her disappearance; the last recorded call was at 3:05 p.m. on March 6. There is a record of her black 1996 Pontiac Trans Am passing through the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel southbound at 7:48 p.m. The vehicle was located on
March 17, eleven days later, in the parking lot of a Days Inn in the vicinity of the 6600 block of Richie Highway in Glen Burnie, Maryland. A photograph of the car is posted below this case summary. It has tinted windows and Maryland tags numbered LRN 534. A surveillance camera of the parking lot showed an unidentified figure driving the vehicle into the lot, parking it, getting out and walking away. Enhancement of the video indicated the figure was a man. Motley Crue posted a reward for information leading to Tracey’s safe return, but the offer yielded no viable tips.
Tracey was reportedly afraid of her husband, Dennis Joseph Tetso, at the time of her disappearance and was contemplating divorce. They had only been married for about six months. She had begun a relationship with a coworker in January 2005, and was planning to attend the concert with him. Dennis was the one who reported her disappearance to police, but afterward he refused to cooperate with the investigation or participate in search efforts.
In June 2009, over four years after Tracey’s disappearance, Dennis was arrested and charged with her murder. At his trial in October 2010, the prosecution alleged he was an abusive husband who killed Tracey after he found out she was having an affair. Dennis was the only defense witness; he stated he had not harmed his wife and had no idea where she was. He was convicted of second degree murder.
Tracey was employed as a dispatcher at Aggregate Industries at the time of her disappearance. She is described as a responsible and caring woman who owned a home and cars, had a good job and took good care of her three pets. Her loved ones stated it’s uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning; they never believed she left of her own accord. Her body has never been recovered, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.