Leeth to celebrate 40th year in gospel music


Published: Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 9:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 9:01 p.m.

ReJeana Hearn Leeth was born with spinal bifida and club feet, and doctors did not believe she would ever live.

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ReJeana Hearn Leeth has endured 33 surgeries. She walks with crutches as she spreads the message of her life, which she says was spared so she could sing and praise God.

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“My mother and dad knew God would do a miracle for me to live so I could do something with my life,” Leeth said.

Doctors said she would be in a wheelchair by the time she was 16 years old. The 4 feet, 2 inch, 44-year-old DeKalb County woman has endured 33 surgeries. She walks with crutches as she spreads the message of her life, which she says was spared so she could sing and praise God.

Many miracles abound in Leeth’s life, including the birth of two daughters.

“I have a lot of determination, no matter what comes my way,” she said. “I was one of those stubborn ones that never gave up. I was determined.”

She learned to sing when she was 4 years old.

This year, she celebrates singing for 40 years and will give her testimony at 6 p.m. nightly Friday and Saturday at the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center in Rainsville.

“I love to sing,” Leeth said. “Any door that God has opened, I want to walk through.”

She will be among others with tremendous testimonies, she said.

The entertainment on Friday includes the Christianaires, who have a member who was born blind. Others include David Gresham, Crusaders for Christ and New Grace.

On Saturday, New Grace, New Ground, the Cash Family and the Browning Family will perform.

“A lot of people are scared of people with handicaps,” Leeth said. “But I’ve never let that hinder me or stop me.”

She said when someone asks her how she is, she responds that she is blessed.

“Each day, I say God woke me up to praise him,” Leeth said. “I do that through singing.”

Tickets for the concert are $5 each night and will be available at the door.

For more information, contact Leeth at 659-1349.

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