Now, by God's grace, I have finished college and obtained my undergraduate degree in health education and I am currently working on my Master's in Counseling.
I attended a Christmas Drive at Voice of Hope Ministries in West Dallas and there were a number of volunteers there. At the time I was a 24-year-old mother of three struggling to finish college and gather enough strength to leave my mentally, sexually, and physically abusive husband. I was ashamed to even show up and receive the gifts for my children because I felt like a failure. I thought to myself that by accepting the gifts, I acknowledged that I wasn't able to provide for my children. This would mean I was a terrible mother.
I had the great pleasure of having a newly married couple be my hosts for the event. They showed me respect and love without even knowing me or my situation. They spoke kind words of encouragement and made me remember God's unconditional love for everyone, including me. The wife noticed I didn't have on a coat. While I was loading up my babies' toys, she gave me the coat off her back!
Now, by God's grace, I have finished college and obtained my undergraduate degree in health education and I am currently working on my Master's in Counseling. I now attend church and have a church family at Sweet Home Baptist Church that I have grown to love as my own family. I have been appointed as a ministry president, and I would like for our kids to see the effort and love others give just to follow the example of Christ and expect nothing in return as did the couple I had the pleasure of meeting. I have never forgotten them or Voice of Hope since that day.