We would like to introduce our newest member of the Give Her Wings family — “Courage to Soar”. This dear mother of three took her children and herself away from a highly abusive husband/father. Courage is incredibly brave (in our book) because she left a well-respected pastor (yes, her ex husband was a pastor) in order to give her three children a healthy life. In the process, Courage lost the support of her family and her ‘c’hurch family. Finding herself completely alone, Courage has also managed to share her story with the authorities. Her ex husband is currently being charged with criminal sexual conduct, invasion of privacy and criminal defamation. Courage’s stress level is extreme . . . but she continues to work hard and do her best to provide for her children.
Our hearts feel a deep concern for Courage because it is the holidays . . . and, when I spoke with her last week, she had only $3 in her checking account. I cannot imagine how scary life is right now for this dear lady. It is not an easy time for her. Here is a bit of her story in her words:
I’m a single mom of 3 beautiful children. I have a 14 year old autistic son, a 13 year old son and my youngest is my little 11 year old princess. I have been living in a verbally, physically and sexually abusive marriage for 15 years now and finally found the strength and courage to seek safety and freedom. I’ve been on my own with my kids for 9 months now. It’s been a struggle in every sense of the word, but yet an amazing journey! I’m learning how to trust myself and my decisions again. I’ve been learning that I will be ok! That I can be ok! I have choices! My choices have not always been popular and through my choosing to keep both myself and my children safe I’ve lost most of my family. Would I change those decisions? No! I know, in-spite of the pressure to return to the abuser to save face, that each decision I’ve made over the past 9 months have been the right ones. God has been showing HIMSELF to is in such a real way! I wouldn’t trade that! I don’t have support of my family but I have the support of people those at Give Her Wings! My heart is ever grateful for their love and support!!! I’m pressing on! Taking another step! And growing! ~Courage to Soar
We want to help our dear sister, Courage, during the month of December. This will be our last campaign before we take time off to become non-profit. We “fronted” Courage (by faith) over $300 last month to cover an electric bill and some gas money. We have also already been given $500 toward this campaign (yay!). We need to raise $1000 still. I do not think I need explain how much this will mean to our mother this Christmas season. And, as always, our goal is to remind her how much she is loved and cared about. She is not forgotten by God or by the Church.
Won’t you help us?