YouTube video to the rescue

Mica Marcal

When 19-year-old Mica Marcal created a video called “You, Me and Demi Lovato Against Bullying,” she never envisioned it saving a life. But that’s exactly what happened after the Utah college student posted her powerful video on YouTube in October.

I’ve been a Christian since I was five,” Mica says, “We Christians know when something comes from above, and I had a feeling that God wanted me to make this video.” So the video production student prayed for confirmation, received it and moved forward on her project.

Mica is a fan of actress/singer Demi Lovato, who was bullied as a young girl and has been using her fame to promote bullying prevention. Knowing that a long list of teens and pre-teens from around the country have committed suicide after being bullied, Mica felt compelled to take action. Creating a video to thank Lovato for speaking out and to encourage others who are being bullied seemed the natural thing for her to do.

In the video Mica posted at YouTube channel Mikabel18, girls who have been bullied tell how Lovato’s messages showed them they were not alone.  Their messages, Mica hoped, would in turn would encourage others.

“As I made the video, I would pray every day that the people who would watch it would feel God’s presence,” Mica says.

Her prayers were answered: One of the thousands of people who first viewed the video sent Mica a personal e-mail she will never forget. “I was thinking about taking my own life today,” the person wrote, “but because of this video and Demi, I didn’t.”

More than 20,000 people viewed her video in five days, and the views and comments keep increasing. “A lot of comments say that the video has given them courage and strength,” Mica says. “A lot of people out there just need to hear, ‘Hey, you are not alone.’ It gives them confidence to stand up to bullies.”

Mica ends her video with a powerful message, reminding viewers that their lives have meaning.

“You are treasured. You are sacred. You are His.”

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his. Psalm 100:3a

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