“Have you had enough?” It was just four words, but it was a turning point question in Kelly Lester’s life.
For 15 years, Kelly had been running from the Lord, desperate to fill the hurting places in her heart with men, drugs, and every other kind of coping mechanism. But after nearly losing her life in a violent domestic fight, Kelly came to a place of surrender to the question God was asking of her.
But God, do you know the things I’ve done?
“Yes, Kelly, but if you follow me, I will make beauty from ashes.”
Kelly’s story is one that covers so many difficult and painful topics in our world today. Child molestation, raped as a teen, several abortions, drug dealing, eating disorders, homosexuality, pornography, prostitution, and even working in the clinic where she had her first abortion. But beauty triumphs from the ashes, and Kelly is a testament to how God can clean all the dirty parts of a painful life story and make it brand new.
Now a wife and mother of six children, Kelly loves to share her story to give hope to the most desperate situations proving that God can save anybody. She is currently a client advocate for LoveLine Ministries, works in Outreach and Government Engagement for And Then There Were None and Pro-Love Ministries, and a board member for Village Ansanm: Living Stones Ministries.
"Kelly is very compelling, believable and can hold an audience. Her appeal presentation is the best I have heard in my 6 years of involvement with banquets or galas."
"Kelly Lester is a powerful, engaging speaker. She and Annette Lancaster had our guests eating out of the palm of their hands. Everyone left wanting to hear more."
"We would enthusiastically recommend Kelly Lester for any speaking event. She arrived early, toured our facility and met with our staff and volunteers, and then presented an articulate, emotionally compelling, and realistic message about the realities of abortion in America. She tailored her speech to our center (and our name change), and we couldn't be happier!"
"I just wanted to thank you for the time you spent with our students yesterday. The topic was powerful, but you presented it with much grace and tact as well. It definitely made an impact on the kids. I appreciate your willingness to address such difficult, yet important, issues."
"Kelly was amazing! We loved how bold she was. We had several comments from guests that she just opened their eyes and hearts to what women go through. My goal was that our guests would not just be baby focused, and nit see these women as monsters. That is exactly what her messaged showed. Our guests, men and women, loved her."
"Our guests loved Kelly's testimony and personality. She was very compassionate and took time to talk to many of our attendees. We love Kelly's energy!"
"Fantastic job. She was not only an excellent speaker but she spent a great deal of time and care speaking to people before and after her address. She genuinely was there to help us. Highly recommend Kelly!"
"Rape, drop-out, substance abuse, domestic violence, and abortion...each of these by themselves can be a living hell for most people. Yet Kelly survived all of these and now lives a beautifully redeemed life that only Jesus could bring about. Hear her share a gripping survival story which is proof that God can and does redeem the messes we make of our lives. I can think of no other more powerful pro-life testimony to impact the lives of those being ravished by abortion in particular. She powerfully proclaims the redemptive power of a compassionate gospel that offers hope and help to those facing pregnancy decisions or are seeking forgiveness and healing from a previous abortion."