Amina just came into my office, crying. She pulled a muscle in her shoulder and couldn’t sleep last night. She needed some “papa time.” Let me tell you her story. Amina is a former Muslim child-bride who became a Christian when she fled from Lebanon for her life. Her entire childhood was marked by religious cruelty. She was regularly beaten with a cane by her father. After being forced into marriage by her stepmother (and forfeiting her inheritance), Amina was so abused she thought she was going to die. When her father died, a step-brother helped her flee to a safe-house run by a Christian. She began to go to church. One day, Jesus literally took her by the hands and introduced Himself to her. Soon her divorce papers were finished, she boarded a plane for the US as a true follower of Christ.
Although she can see the plan of God now, Amina did not originally want to come to America. She misses her homeland tremendously. But her father once served with the America military and she has US citizenship. For her first year, Amina moved five times and barely survived. Her Muslim family connections did not welcome her. One “uncle” even tried, unsuccessfully, to exploit her.
A huge turning point occurred when Amina heard about an evening prayer meeting at a church in our area. She decided to go. Amina took two buses and, realizing she was late, ran from the last bus stop all the way to the church. When she arrived, the prayer meeting was over. It was too much. Amina leaned up against a wall and began to cry. One of the women leaders saw her and literally stepped into her life. Amina had found her church home.
Then Amina began to pray for an American mother and father. Sue and I met her at a Bible study. Our hearts immediately went out to her. Young ladies like Amina are the very reason we founded Worldteam and the SoCal Restoration Center. Long story short, Amina is now living with her American “papa” and “momma.” She is studying English in Sue’s department at Azuza Pacific University. Amina has begun to recover from her tremendous physical, emotional and sexual trauma. Although weak from long periods of near-starvation in Lebanon, her spirit is bright and strong. She still has days when the heaviness of her past overwhelms her, but she has many good days as well. It will take time, but she is already flourishing in our home and in our care.
Unlike many recovering from PTSD, Amina has set goals for herself. She wants to pass her GED, get a driver’s license and go to college. She prays regularly, studies the word on her own, loves to go to church and delights in Christian fellowship. Amina is very responsive to our inner healing counseling and prayers, as well as to our entire “wrap-around” restoration program. She has her life and future back. She even dreams of marrying a strong Christian man. It’s the vitality of her life in Christ that empowers Amina to be a true overcomer.
However, her living, medical and counseling expenses are going beyond the resources of our SoCal Restoration Center. We have decided to develop a support team just for Amina.
Here’s our proposal to you. Would you (or your church) be willing to “adopt” Amina by providing a one-time gift or, better yet, by joining her monthly support team? Take a look at her basic budget. Perhaps you would consider meeting one portion of her needs. Or perhaps your church would adopt Amina by providing a monthly gift. You can hit the “Donate Now” button, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me at 626.536.1000.
In effect, we want to ask you to “adopt” Amina into your heart and family. Please let us know what the Lord says to you,
For Amina’s wholeness and future,
Rick and Sue
SoCal Restoration Center
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|Personal care items||25.00|
|Recreational needs (Events, Entertainment, etc)||25.00|
|Medical Support: Monthly visits/treatments||100.00|
|Educational Support: Books for Summer, Fall semester at ALCI 2015||50.00|
|Total Monthly Need||1,150.00|