The Evangelical Christian Voice in Chiropractic Since 1953
The 2018 CCA Auxiliary Scholarship
Christian Chiropractors Association 2550 Stover, B-102 Fort Collins, CO  80525 Toll Free: 800.999.1970 Local: 970.482.1404 Fax: 970.482.1538  
THIRD PLACE ESSAY
Amazing Grace I confess to be a sinner.  I had an abortion in 1994 and in 1999. After the first abortion, I remember going through my obstetrics rotation in nursing school learning to figure out the estimated date of conception and found myself "wheeling" out my own due date as to when I was supposed to have my baby.  Devoid of God in my life, I again made the same mistake and had another abortion about five years later.
As 1 Peter 4:10 says, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." Consequently, I cheerfully choose to be a good steward by showing my commitment to be a vessel for God by using my hands to heal through Christ.  Most importantly, by functioning through the Holy Spirit, I am able to be a more effective practitioner for any community I may serve in the future. Through God's amazing grace, "I once was lost, but now I am found" and forever grateful that He "saved a wretch like me."     Melissa Thoan Ferguson is a student at Life Chiropractic College - West in Hayward, CA. She became a member of the CCA in 2017.
“A time when God’s grace has had a lasting impact and how I will carry its lesson into my chiropractic practice.” by: Melissa Thoan Ferguson Life Chiropractic College West
Melissa Thoan Ferguson
I was brought up learning about Buddhism, but still had unanswered questions of who created me and why I was created.  In 2012, I thankfully found the answer by learning that God uniquely created each one of us and that Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross to redeem us all from our sins. Although I confessed my sins to God, my spiritual salvation was not fully complete.  Not until I decided to truly give my life to Jesus on September 5, 2017 was when all the condemnation, guilt, and shame that I bore for over twenty-two years had instantly vanished. “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” Titus 2:11 I am so thankful for God's plan of salvation for all of us and that He is so faithful. Therefore, I believe there is no coincidence that I became an antepartum, labor and delivery, and a postpartum nurse for sixteen years. Through God's grace and mercy, He gave me a chance to care for and witness, first hand, the miraculous beauty of His creations through the nursing profession He set for me. I started out in college studying to be a Doctor of Medicine.  It took a turn and I became a nurse instead with no regrets.  However, I have always thought I had "unfinished business" because I did not fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor. After being born again, God spoke to me and said He wanted me to be a chiropractor.  I have faith that through this holy spiritual calling for me to become a Doctor of Chiropractic is God's plan to show His gift of grace to me.
Back - Scholarship Page Back - Scholarship Page