North Myrtle Beach, SC - By Paula Caruso - bio | email
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myles Hill is an active member of First Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach. He started a bible study group for boys, helps with vacation bible school and leads prayer groups.
He is one of the most prominent role models for the church's younger members, but he hasn't always known his path.
"Two years ago, I can say Myles' life didn't have any direction," Dwain Hayes, associate pastor at First Baptist, recalled. "He didn't know where he was going [or] what he was doing."
Hill bounced between both of his parents for most of his life and that started to take a toll on him and his ability to make the right decisions. He moved in with his grandparents and in the past year, Hayes says Hill's life took a spiritual turn.
He decided to enroll in the Global Youth Ministry, an intensive one year school in the mountains of Georgia. Hill wants to become a minister and spread his spirituality to others. He's set to start school this week, but is facing one setback.
"He has a little hold up. He's about $600 short of money and he's been saving all summer," Hayes said.
At just 18 years old, and in addition to his duties at church, Hill has been working 40 hour work weeks to save for school. But he couldn't get the last $600 he needed to go.
A woman at his church wanted to pass the cash to Hill, but knew he would still need more money. She promised to match the $300 with her own contribution.
When Hayes presented Hill with the money, tears filled his eyes.
"Thank you," Hill managed to get out. "A lot of weight just got taken off my shoulders. Now I can go and do what I wanted to do with no worries."
Hill said he knew he would come up with the money, but with just a few days to spare, he wasn't sure how it would happen. Now, he has a message for everyone in need or not.
"People could be watching you," he said. "Always watch what you do, because you never know who's looking."
Hill says he always tries to be an example of how to lead a spiritually driven life and that has blessed him in many ways.
"I'm so grateful for whoever anonymously gave me that money," he said. "Thank you so much. You don't even know the impact you had on my life."
Hayes thinks Myles underestimates his own impact in life.
"He will make a great impact on the ones who are around him, forever," Hayes said. "I look forward to watching him grow."