KISH: Tell Us About You:
AW: Annette White hails from beautiful Beaufort by the sea, a small quaint town located in the heart of the Sea Islands in South Carolina. She attended college in Columbia, South Carolina earning her BS in Business Administration and later earned a Masters of Divinity from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A seasoned Army Officer and survivor of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon, she retired from the United States Army after 21 years of service. She knows firsthand that God spares a life on purpose for purpose!
She’s a speaker and teacher who inspires, motivates, and encourages young people and women around the world. Her speaking style has been described as engaging, transparent, passionate, and vulnerable. A passionate voice on the mission field, in communities, and the church, her calling is crystal clear: “To serve the needs of the less fortunate while helping young people, seek out, search for, and reach their lifelong destiny and purpose.
Inspiring Young World Changers (Use as my saying)
Annette White is on a quest to help young people seek out, search for, and find their unique purpose in life. As founder of Destiny and Purpose Academy, affectionately known as “DAPA” she strongly believes in Mission outreaches as a way of serving your community and giving back.
My passion for young people and Missions started with a single event. While preparing to go and support the war in Kuwait a young man was placed under my care. I later realized this had nothing to do with war, God was after this young man’s heart and I was the individual he chose to help fulfill His plan. Our first night at the training site, the young man attempted suicide.
While we were in his hospital room, I asked about his suicide attempt, it broke my heart to see that much pain in a young person. Aware that his Army career was about to end, I prayed for a strategy to help him. I submitted a packet for him to Army headquarters. They reversed their decision and he continued proudly serving our country.
That experience taught me that a man’s purpose is so important to God, He will disrupt your plans to help someone else fulfill destiny!
That soldier and countless young people are the force behind Destiny and Purpose Academy, affectionately known as “DAPA”. I am committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure young people seek out, search for, and find what they were created to do! Using missions, my goal is to take them out of their familiar environment, have them bless others while helping them discover their unique purpose as we serve those in other nations.
I embrace the quote: “Be about it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it”
PURPOSE MEANS TO ME:
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I teach young people to live by the 3D Principles, the key is intentionality:
“Be intentional about developing the gifts and talents given to you, use your gifts to serve others and blessings will always follow!”
“Be intentional about perceiving the needs of those around you, come up with a plan to meet that need, give freely and blessings will always follow!”
“Be intentional about duplicating yourself, reach back and teach someone else. Each one, teach one, and blessings will always follow!”
KISH: What is your dream and how will you accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
AW: I believe your ultimate dream is intertwined in destiny and purpose. A failed suicide attempt by a young person drove me to passionately pursue ways to help young people become intentional about their life pursuits. It created a dream in my heart, and a constant vision in my mind of a young person in their formative years being intentional about learning, and understanding their life purpose.
One of the meanings of destiny is: “the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future.” That is such a powerful statement! For it was this hidden power in the life of that young man that destiny connected me with while we were preparing to go off to war. His failed suicide attempt birthed a dream inside of me that prayerfully will secure the God ordained future for many young people coming after him. Not only in North America but throughout the world.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
AW: As mentioned earlier I was inspired by the young man who attempted suicide. However, my experience with him had me reflect upon the number of young people I’ve encountered who seemed to be hopeless, loss, and like him sometimes suicidal. I’ve never experienced that level of despair and hopelessness as an adult, quite candidly I simply had a difficult time trying to understand how a young person with a full life and future before them could feel so hopeless and lost. So my inspiration and driving force is every young person struggling to figure out there purpose in life and where destiny will lead them.
KISH: What Challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dreams?
AW: The challenges have been numerous…from my own health issues, to the sudden unexpected death of my one and only brother, mom’s cancer diagnosis, and unexpected suicide death of my daughter’s best friend. However, Romans 8:28 continues to carry and comfort me. I love how it’s stated in the New Living Translation Bible, it says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” So with strength and determination I will fight for the dream of saving the life of young people one day at a time! No matter how great the fight, in the end we always win!!!
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
AW: The hearts and souls of young people seeking and searching to find destiny and purpose.
KISH: My final thoughts about a dream is summarized in two of my favorite quotes:
AW: “Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there’s a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.” Unknown Author
“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” Lao Tzu
Check out my website: Destinyandpurposeacademy.org