A Story of Restoration
“I was the only one in my family to go to school. It was very hard for me. I was devastated and crying outside school after receiving a failing report card in 10th grade. A man approached me offering to help. He claimed that he had someone at the school who could change the grades on my report card so that I could continue forward. We exchanged phone numbers. Giving me instructions that he’d call in a few days, he left with my report card.
I didn’t tell anyone about it. When they asked me for the report card, I told them that I couldn’t find it. When the man called me to come get the report card, I asked him if he was able to fix it. He simply gave me his address and told me to come get it.
I went there without telling anyone.
When I arrived, he insisted that I come inside before he’d give it back to me. I resisted but he was persistent. If I wanted the report card, I had to go in. He abused me. I had never experienced sex before. I felt sick and ashamed and asked him to let me leave. He handed me my unchanged report card and I left.
I felt dead. I was just living with all of that inside of me without telling anyone. I was now pregnant. I didn’t have the courage to tell me family and because I wouldn’t tell them who the father of the baby was, they rejected me.
I gave birth to my son. I sold my body in order to take care of my son and myself.
I had a friend who had gone to Haiti Teen Challenge. She told me about how much it changed her life and how much it could change mine. I decided to go to HTC.
I know that Teen Challenge is a place of rest, a place where they give you a second chance. I stay because for the first time, I have people that will listen to me. People that do not judge me. People who remind me that my past will not determine my future. People that will let me know that I might have had failures, but I’m not finished! I now have the courage to tell my family how I got pregnant.
My past does not determine my future. I have courage to explain to my parents all that I have done wrong.... but more importantly, all about the mercy that God showed to me and my son.”