The Journey Continues: Natalie Pounds Freeman

As Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday approaches, I recall his many deeds and speeches that ring out today for all who listen. At the Washington march, he said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” My journey today is to Natalie Pounds Freeman, whose Christian life exemplifies character and love. I have the deepest respect for both Natalie and her husband, B.J.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday has special meaning to me, it represents treating all people right; his life showed compassion and love to those people who most wanted it,” Freeman said. “As an African-American girl, I lived on MLK street in San Marcos with my mother, a single parent of six children, until I left for college. The hardest thing I did in my life was being a caregiver for my mother, whose journey with Alzheimer’s spanned 14 years.

“Education has clearly opened the door of opportunity for me. I remember that as a first grader, I made all ‘Bs.’ Before the second grade, I asked Christ into my life, then, I improved to all ‘As.’ In High School, I made the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 percent of my class, qualifying for admission to the University of Texas in Austin where I received two degrees – a BBA in Business Management from Mc-Combs Business School and a Master’s degree from the Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.

“I received my real estate license in 2009 and have been employed as a licensed realtor for Keller-Williams, Re/Max and United Real Estate; specializing in residential sales, where I am blessed to be a top producer.

“My life verse is from Matthew 25:37-40: ‘“Then the righteous will answer him when did we see you hungry and stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”’”

Freeman strongly believes that the greatest display of her faith is the demonstration of love to others. Everyone, regardless of background or beliefs deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. If we all valued others, the world would be such a better place.

Freeman is an active member of Heart of Christ fellowship in Buda. At age 18 she was licensed to preach the gospel ministry. Her pastor is Pastor Hillary Lockhart.

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