Chance for New Life
Felecia knew her mother was an abusive alcoholic. But never in her wildest dreams did she ever think her family would abandon her!
“I was 10 years old, in fifth grade. One day I got home from school and they were gone. They moved and took everything – except me.”
Felecia didn’t tell anyone. Instead, she slept outdoors, stealing clothing and food at night, until the day she fell asleep in class.
“They sent me to the principal, and he asked, ‘Where are your parents?’ I said ‘I don’t know. When you find them, tell them I’m looking for them, too.’”
That was the beginning of years of foster homes, group homes and running away. “I put myself in unsafe situations – being promiscuous, drinking – I just didn’t want to deal with my life. But the one thing I realize today is that Christ was always there. He opened the door for me to the Rescue Mission and said, ‘It’s time for you to heal.’”
As Felecia sat waiting for her interview at the Rescue Mission, she thought about leaving. But one scripture on the lobby wall changed her mind: “Be still and know that I am God.”
Felecia was accepted in the 12-month residential recovery program at our Women and Children’s Center, and she has felt God speak to her every day since.
“Every day, healing took place,” she says. “Until all the years and years of built-up ugliness were gone.”
Felecia graduated and found a job in a large retail store. “I worked for two years, saved money and got an apartment. Then I put in an application to work here at the Rescue Mission.”
Today, she works with women who are going through the same program she did. Not to mention, she’s engaged!
“When I started working here, I was praying for love, asking the Lord to send someone into my life. He answered my prayers ten-fold!”
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