Pastor using second chance at life to promote safety in schools


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local pastor is taking on violence in schools through a new, children’s album. Pastor Yushonda Midgette-Spriggs says she’s been given a second chance at life and she wants to make a difference.

Midgette-Spriggs has always loved to dance and entertain, but her passion for performing was crippled after a near fatal crash in 1996.

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“I was hooked up to all of these tubes and I was on a metal board because they were so unsure about moving because they didn’t know if my bones were still intact,” Midgette-Spriggs said.

A drunk driver wrecked into Midgette-Spriggs’ car, ripping through the metal and leaving her in a coma. She suffered a crushed pancreas and lacerated liver, even having to use a walker to get around.

“Doctors said you will not be able to walk for a while,” Midgette-Spriggs said.

Midgette-Spriggs says through physical therapy and her faith in God, she was able to walk again.

“To be honest with you, I said, ‘God why am I in this situation? I am 26 years old,” Midgette-Spriggs said. “And he said, ‘I want you to tell people I am still a miracle-working God.”

Midgette-Spriggs is back to her first love of singing and dancing. Now, she’s focusing on a children’s album she’s written and recorded called “Keeping Kids Safe in School.”

She says the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School inspired the album’s headliner song.

“My theme of the song is allowing children, without violence, to share themselves with the world, giving them a chance to dream and believe in who they are and build their self-esteem.”

The song’s lyrics talk about ending violence in schools and empowering kids to share their message.
“As soon as I came up with the idea, this vision, this movement, I’ve been getting calls left and right so we are moving fast,” Midgette-Spriggs said.

Beyond her life’s successes, Midgette-Spriggs is just happy to have a second chance at life.

“I feel like I’m on top of the world.”

The “Keeping Kids Safe in Schools” cd is set to be released April 15.

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