28-year-old Kechi Okwuchi from Houston, Texas is back on stage again with America’s Got Talent The Champions Series 2019. This time, her powerful performance got a Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell! The show is a spin-off of America’s Got Talent and premiered on January 7, 2019. It features previous winners, finalists and other successful contestants over seven episodes.
Kechi was a plane crash survivor when she was 16-years-old, during the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash on December 10, 2005. She was the only child survivor from her school which had 60 children aboard. Because of the crash, almost 65% of her body got third degree burns. Moreover, she was in a coma for a very long time and went through over 100 treatments and surgeries.
While Kechi was in coma, her Mom sang a Nigerian hymn to her every day. It was then that she woke up and that was the only song that had stuck in her mind. The lyric of the song goes like:
“Wonderful and marvelous is Jesus to me. Sweeter than honey and the honeycomb is He.”
According to Kechi, it was the most difficult and painful moment of her life. There also came a time when the doctors couldn’t do anything more for her. Not even a pain medication could ease her. She was exhausted, tired, and depressed. For three days, she couldn’t sleep feeling sorry for herself. Even her mom couldn’t comfort her anymore. Kechi’s grandmother then tried to talk to her.
Over the phone she told her, “Kechi, you need to get out of your head that God is this big abstract being or form that is just out there and you’re not sure if He’s listening or not, or if He cares or He doesn’t. You know, that’s not who God is. He’s your Father who actually cares for you. He wants good things for you. He’s gonna listen to you if you talk. That’s who He is. So think about Him like you would think about your dad. And just talk to Him the same exact way.”
Immediately, Kechi started her first conversation with God. She kept talking and praying. The next thing she knew, she woke up the next morning feeling better. Likewise, her mom was kind of surprised to see her face brightened. It was mind-boggling for Kechi, but ever since that day, she knew deep inside that God was there. And her life subsequently changed.
“There are some things that are internal that medication cannot reach. It was from there that my faith developed and it’s still growing till today,” Kechi said.
Then she added, “You know I fall everyday, but I know that whenever I get up, He’s there.”
In the midst of the darkness that Kechi felt in that excruciating experience, she found God. She found hope and courage to live, and get through what she was going through day by day.
Today, she is encouraging millions of people on the America’s Got Talent stage again. The well-known, hard to please judge Simon Cowell can’t help but give her a Golden Buzzer for her awesome performance.
Indeed, God still has a purpose for Kechi’s life. Perhaps, that is to showcase hope to millions of discouraged, frustrated people, and make an impact to the world.
And truly, God’s Word is alive when He said that He would turn our mourning into dancing. This is evident in Kechi’s life.
“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11)
This article was written by Christel Berns Villariza.