Balloons Carrying a Message from a Georgia Teenager to God Landed in the Hands of a Minister
When Mykehia Curry looked to the sky for help paying for college, she never expected a response.
Like millions before her, when Mykehia Curry was faced with what seemed like an insurmountable obstacle, she looked to the heavens.
But the Macon, Georgia, teenager never expected to receive a response.
Curry, who is set to begin her freshman year at Albany State University this fall, told CNN that she took out student loans to pay for her tuition and housing. But the 18-year-old didn't have enough money for the other things she'll need to live away from home for the first time. Curry's mom has been on disability and money is tight.
"I am the first one in my family to go to college and I'm doing this so my little brother can have a better life," Curry told WFAA. "I have a 7-year-old little brother."
With no other options, Curry turned to God for help.
"I wrote a note that said, 'God please help me get the rest of my stuff for college,'" she told CNN. "Then I said 'Amen, I love you God' and I wrote my name and number."
She tied the note to three helium balloons leftover from a birthday party and let them go.
"I thought that someone would pick it up and call me and tell me they got it or just throw it in the trash," Curry admitted.
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But the wind had other plans. Overnight the balloons traveled about 15 miles northeast to Gray, Georgia, where they were found by Jerome Jones, a Baptist minister.
"It was just there by the dumpster. I walked over and picked it up and there it was," Jones told WFAA. "It was God calling me saying, ‘You need to answer this,' and I did."
Jones immediately called Curry and offered to buy what she needed: a comforter and a refrigerator. Jones delivered them both in person.
"It was beautiful. It's kind of hard to explain. She was like, ‘Is this mine for real?' and I said, ‘It's yours. God answers prayers,'" Jones recalled to WFAA. "I like helping people, especially young people. They're our future."
Curry, who will be studying nursing, told CNN that she plans to keep in touch with Jones and let him know how she's doing at school. She hopes to get a job on campus after she gets settled.
"I am very excited to meet new people and start my journey and a new chapter in my life," she said. "This is a big step for me."
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