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Partners in Prayer: Christina Finds Acceptance at Mercy Home
Christina’s life was turned upside down when she was only 7 years old. Her mother passed away unexpectedly, and her father was an alcoholic who couldn’t be relied upon to care for her.
With nowhere else to go, Christina was sent to live with her aunt and cousins. Right from the beginning, Christina’s aunt made it clear that she was not really wanted in the home.
At first it was just little things. Christina’s aunt would come home with new clothes or toys for her cousins, but nothing for her. As time went by, it became more than that. Christina was not always allowed to eat with the family and had to wait until they were finished before having her meal. Sometimes her aunt would take her cousins on fun trips to the park or the zoo, and Christina was never invited.
“But as she got older, Christina decided she needed to stop feeling sad. Instead, she tried her best to feel nothing at all.”
At night, Christina would lie in bed and try not to cry. She missed her mother and wondered what she did to make her aunt dislike her so much. But as she got older, Christina decided she needed to stop feeling sad. Instead, she tried her best to feel nothing at all.
By the time Christina was in high school, her aunt frequently complained about what a burden Christina was on the family. Christina decided she had enough. She packed a bag and left the house without a word to her aunt.
After leaving her aunt’s home, Christina realized that she had nowhere to go. She spent several nights wandering the streets, sleeping in alleys and desperately trying to figure out where to go next. Eventually, the police found her sitting outside in the cold.
Christina explained her situation to the officer who found her but remained adamant that she would not return to her aunt’s home. The police officer told Christina about Mercy Home. Christina agreed to come live at Mercy Home out of desperation, but she only planned to stay until she could think of another place to go.
At first, she didn’t trust anyone at our Home. She was certain that she would be rejected by my coworkers and the other girls, just like she was rejected by her aunt. She often told us how she planned on leaving as soon as she could. She even refused to unpack her bag for weeks.
“Here, she [Christina] has found the acceptance, family, and the love she craved her entire life.
But over time, Christina realized that Mercy Home was the first place that she felt at home since her mother died. She was shocked that no matter how much she refused to open up to staff or participate in activities with the other girls, everyone was still kind and welcoming to her.
Christina decided that Mercy Home was a place that she could rely on. She finally felt comfortable unpacking her bag and decorating her room. She opened up, little by little, to her therapist about her experiences. And she started joining in with the other girls when they gathered to play a game or watch a movie.
Today, Christina truly considers Mercy Home her home. Here, she has found the acceptance, family, and the love she craved her entire life. Thank you for giving her the gift of a home, and for continuing to remember her, and kids just like her, in your prayers.
A SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP FOR THE SAKE OF MERCY’S KIDS AND FOR OUR TELEVISED SUNDAY MASS
You can make a difference in the life of a troubled child. Fr. Scott needs Partners to pray for our kids at Mercy Home–and also faithful Partners to help broadcast Sunday Mass at Mercy Home.
By pledging your support and your prayers, you’re offering a precious gift to Mercy’s kids–and helping our community of faith join together every week.
The boys and girls of Mercy Home are very proud of the difference they are able to make just by sharing their time and heart with others. None of this would be possible without our kind, faithful supporters, for not only sharing their friendship but for also setting an example of generosity and compassion for them to follow. During this month, please keep the young people of Mercy Home and all of our generous benefactors in your thoughts and prayers.