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.
Below are just a few of the many testimonies we receive about lives being impacted and transformed by the Victims of Sexual Violence Ministry of Heaven’s Family.
As seven-year-old Diana laid down to sleep outside, the memory of her grandfather's crushing frame was a nightmare on constant replay. Even in the dark, she felt safer outside—no woodland creature could be as threatening as he was.
Judith, Heaven’s Family’s Victims of Sexual Violence Ministry's trusted partner in Jinja, Uganda, has ministered to women for over a decade. Her weekly discipleship meetings have become a lifeline for people whose lives are riddled with poverty and extreme hardship. These groups have now multiplied throughout Uganda!
Giann lives in the Philippines, and her childhood has been riddled with trauma. Her father was imprisoned for murder when she was only four years old. She was able to attend school until her mother died, but then her life changed forever. Her stepfather’s new girlfriend came to live with them, and Giann was forced to do the household chores and was ruthlessly beaten over the smallest things. She had no food on the rare days when she was able to get to school at all. A kind teacher noticed her hunger and helped with her lunch.
Born into a stable family in the Philippines, Julia had a happy family life until age 13, when her grandfather and cousin started to abuse her sexually. This abuse continued for three years! As a result, Julia’s behavior changed markedly. She went from a carefree child to a hopeless teenager numbing her emotional pain with alcohol. Everything about her choices was a cry for help!