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1980

Cheryl Prewitt
Ackerman, Mississippi

Cheryl Prewitt grew up in Choctaw County, Mississippi. Through her unyielding trust in God, she overcame a crippling car accident and being sexually abused as a child. Her faith in Him enabled her to fulfill her dreams and brought her to victory!

A scarred face, a body cast and a wheelchair did not add up to disaster for this little girl. When Cheryl was a young girl of eleven, this accident forced her to decide whether to trust God or just give up and accept the prognosis . . . Doctors promised that she would be scarred, they claimed that she would not walk again, they insisted that bearing children would be impossible for her . . . they were wrong!

Cheryl not only walked; she walked the runway at Atlantic City to become Miss America! Only her focused faith in God kept her on the road to winning. She married Harry Salem and gave birth to three beautiful children! Throughout the years, she has relied upon that same focused trust in Him to keep her on the winning side. She is a wife, mother, musician, and minister of the gospel, traveling the world, to preach the Good News.

The news that the Salems received in early 1999 was anything but good, however. Everything in life had seemingly come together to near perfection. But in a matter of a few hours one January morning, this family was rocked to the core. Their beautiful 5-year-old daughter, Gabrielle Christian, received a diagnosis that declared she would not live to see her 6th birthday. For 11 months, this family stood in faith, believing God for Gabrielle's healing to manifest. She now lives in Heaven, completely restored! Theirs is a testimony of hope, trust in God's sovereign plan, and of restoration. Gabrielle went to Heaven in November 1999. This family has not backed down, they have not given up, they continue to reach out to people, to show them how to go from mourning to morning and from grief to glory.

In the days that followed Gabrielle's death, Cheryl realized that the Lord was bringing the family through the valley of the shadow of death, and into a deeper, more intimate level with Him, a level even beyond faith, called trust. Harry Salem says that failure is nothing more than broken focus . . . may Cheryl Salem's testimony of persevering faith and trust in God inspire you to keep your focus as you run your race to win!

Links:

Cheryl's swimsuit/pageant company, C.P. Annie Productions, is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. C.P. Annie is a wholesale company that can meet all of your Swimsuit Competition needs! Please visit us at www.cpannie.com or Platinum Swimwear - 918-321-2771

Cheryl and Harry invite you to stop by their ministry website to see for yourself what God has done to restore their family. God is using this family to bring hope, prosperity, joy, self-confidence, and restoration in the Body of Christ.

The Salem family invites you to stop by their ministry website to see for yourself what God has done to restore this family that by all rights should be devastated by the loss and the trials that they have endured. Salem Family Ministries offers a dynamic new look at Family Values. For over seven years, God has used this family as a catalyst to spark hope, prosperity, joy, self-confidence, and restoration in the Body of Christ. We shout, "Restore!", according to Isaiah 42:22.

The Salems have written a book to honor their daughter Gabrielle, entitled, From Mourning to Morning. This family is indeed, a living testimony. They have truly been in the fire, and they continue to press on toward the mark of the high calling. Along with sons, Harry III and Roman Lee, they travel worldwide to proclaim Jesus Christ. A living testimony, yes . . . and one that has been tested and tried. www.salemfamilyministries.org. Or call 918-321-2771 for more information.

What She's Doing Now

Cheryl recently released her 16th CD, "Lord, You're Holy." She and husband, Harry, have released several new books this year, the most recent of which is called, We Who Worship. For more information about Salem Family Ministries or to buy the CD online, visit www.salemfamilyministries.org. Also visit Cheryl’s swimsuit/pageant companies, www.cpannie.com and www.platinumswimwear.com.
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