From Desperation to Peace

Heather's Story

Heather’s father left when she was just three years old, and she grew up wondering if it was because she wasn’t good enough. “I was never able to have healthy relationships with men,” she says. 

Eventually, she got involved with an alcoholic man who abused her physically and emotionally. Heather turned to opiates to numb her pain. “It made it easier for me to take the beatings from him, to take the mental abuse and still take care of our two kids,” she says. 

Then Heather discovered she was expecting another child, and she had a moment of clarity. “My kids deserved more than this. I didn’t want them growing up thinking it was okay for a man to beat up a woman,” she says. 

It was then that Heather and her children came to Moriah House, and she entered our long-term recovery program. Here, through your gifts, her family was blessed with safe shelter, nutritious meals and childcare so that Heather could focus on healing. Through Bible studies, spiritual counsel and life-skills classes, her life has been transformed. 

“I didn’t know Jesus at all when I got here, but now I have a growing relationship with the Lord, and my children are growing in Christ,” she says. “I let go of all my anger toward those who hurt me. I’m at peace now.”

“MY TWO-YEAR-OLD SINGS ‘JESUS LOVES ME’ EVERY MORNING.”

Meanwhile, Heather had her baby and, with the support of our staff, has placed him with loving, adoptive parents. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but I did it for him,” she says. 

Heather now plans to graduate, look for work and find a home for her family. This Christmas, as she celebrates Christ’s birth, she’ll also be celebrating the joyous new life she found for herself and her children inside our doors… because of your compassion. “Before I came to the Mission, I was lost, but now I know my way. My babies and I have a fresh start!”

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