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A HEART-CHANGE TO LOVE
There was a girl named Song, who used to live at HOS a few years ago. She has two sons, Nate and Eli (who is is disabled), and is living with her husband. Since she has left HOS, things have not been easy and her husband has not been at all supportive and was actually quite cruel. He even said that he did not love Eli because of his disability and Eli knew that and would never let his father hold him or be around him. However, God started doing a big work in his life and he has changed in a lot of ways! He took time off of work when Eli was really sick and spent a lot of time with him. He started to feel love for Eli and they started to grow closer, even to the point where Eli wanted him to hold and love him. He has now started to help Song in a lot of ways like doing chores around the house, taking care of the kids, and earning money to help support them. Some of the girls at our Home even said they wished they had a husband like Song’s.
She told us that God has answered her prayers and she has felt more of His love in so many ways. Taking care of her two kids on her own was very hard and she felt like a bright future for them was bleak, but now she sees more of the plans God has for her and her children and is so overcome with hope and joy. Though the struggles and frustrations may still be there, she now has the strength from Him to carry on. Praise God for always knowing our needs!
When Bee came to Home of the Swallow she was lost and feeling hopeless. She had a history of being sold for sex by men, as well as selling herself to make money. She knew God but wrestled with her self-worth and wondered if God really loved her. Much of these feelings came from the disability in her right arm and leg. After living at the home for two months, she was struggling and went back to the place she had previously sold herself. When she got there, she felt very uneasy and knew she shouldn’t be doing this. She heard God’s voice telling her to leave and to go back to HOS. She made a conscious decision that night that prostitution was not the life she wanted to live anymore and went back to HOS.
Since then, God has been doing an amazing work in her life, and it has been very evident! She told us that for the first time in her life, she is experiencing hope and seeing God’s love for her. Although it’s still a struggle at times, Bee is learning to be a good mother and to live this new life God is calling her to. She recently received a job as a housekeeper for a foreign family nearby. Many people, (including herself) believed she could not do it and would never amount to anything. However, she is doing a great job and has been improving every day! She is beginning to have more confidence in herself, knows she can do anything she puts her mind to, and that her life is not worthless! On her first day of work she even opened up a savings account for her son so that she could start putting away money for his education and future.
It has been truly incredible to see the ways she has grown and the joy she radiates every day. God has taken her ashes and definitely turned them into a beautiful rose. We are so proud of her and have no doubt that God is going to do big things through her.
WHEN WE SURRENDER OUR DREAMS TO GOD
Ann has always loved cooking and dreamed of being able to have her own restaurant or a place to sell food. About a month ago, her dream came true. An organization called KFT (Keeping Families Together), partnered with Home of the Swallow to help women start their own businesses to be able to provide for their families. Ann was able to receive a grant in order to buy everything she needed to start her own food shop. Her efforts were blessed and she began making a steady income. She praised God every day for the ways He had always provides for her and for His overwhelming love. However, she started to have a bigger dream. Her food shop was making enough money to pay the bills, but she wanted her life to be a blessing to others, as God had so greatly blessed her. So she asked God if He could provide her with another job. Two weeks later, she found a job as a housekeeper with a Christian woman who wanted to pay her a high starting salary and pay for her petrol to get to-and-from work every day. She has now begun finding ways to use this money in her community to bless others. It has been such an inspiration to so many and has spoken volumes of the work God is doing in and through her life. She could have been content with just her food shop and a simple life with her family, but she knew God was capable of so much more! It’s stories like this that give us inspiration and motivation to continue to allow God to flow through us in mighty ways in order to make a big impact in this world. Just imagine if every woman from Home of the Swallow could leave here empowered and impacting the lives of those around them, like Ann has! This is our prayer for all our women!
IMPACT THROUGH EDUCATION
Joy always had big dreams and knew she was capable of so much, but she quickly discovered that making poor decisions and having a baby as a teenager changes everything. When she first came to HOS, she was raising her daughter on her own, had no money, no place to go, and felt like all her dreams were long gone. However, after a period of time, Joy was able to get a job, begin saving money, and found a renewed sense of hope in the Lord that He had far greater plans for her life. She became determined to not let her struggles as a single mother, stop her from dreaming big. So, she began applying for scholarships so that she could pursue higher education. She received a scholarship and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Social Work online, all while continuing to going to work and being a great mom to her daughter! She is not exactly sure what she wants to do once she has her degree, but she said she desires to help people who have struggled like she has and to help give them hope in a brighter future. We know she can do this and we are so proud of her!