A Source of Mercy
A sewing class restores a young victim’s hope
She slept until some intoxicated men barged in and stole what they wanted: her innocence, her virginity, her future. She was only 15. Oh, the irony—this victim named Mercy was now in deep need of God’s mercy amidst the shame she was forced to carry through no fault of her own. All she had done was to go to sleep.
When it became evident that a child had been conceived, Mercy’s aunt pressured her to abort the baby, but Mercy knew she could never sin against God and do such a thing. She gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.
Mercy’s been a mother now for almost a year. Desperate for food, she showed up at her former school and cleaned it in the hope of earning something to eat for herself and her son. (She had been an excellent student when she was younger, but she couldn’t continue her education because her family didn’t have enough money for school fees.)
Heaven’s Family’s Victims of Sexual Violence Ministry partner, Carolyne, heard about Mercy and had compassion for her plight. Carolyne has begun a sewing class for Mercy and some other young mothers with similar stories so that they can acquire the skill of tailoring that will help them for the rest of their lives. You have made this possible by funding the sewing supplies. Thank you for reflecting God’s love and for igniting hope where all hope was gone. His love and His light shine through you!
Burt and Patty Forney
Directors, Victims of Sexual Violence Ministry
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