One Child’s Story of Hope and Love
You gave the hope and love of Jesus Christ to a broken little girl.
Like many of the children who come to Youth Haven, Stacey* knows the pain of being removed from her home due to neglect and abuse. She has experienced the hurt of rejection by relatives who took her in, only to decide they didn’t want to care for her because of her emotional needs.
Stacey even found herself living in a shelter on two separate occasions, when foster parents requested her removal from their home.
That’s when a colleague of Stacey’s case worker heard about her devastating situation and became a licensed foster parent so she could welcome Stacey into her home. She adopted her a year later.
But although Stacey has finally found a loving home, this sweet child still has deeply rooted hurts and memories that affect her behavior. So her adoptive mother reached out to Youth Haven with a request for help.
Of course, we were thrilled to have Stacey attend her first weekend at Youth Haven! She has returned regularly since that first visit, and received consistent, unconditional love and acceptance. Our staff have both encouraged and modeled positive behavior. And although we can’t erase her past, we can help her form new memories of fun times in a safe environment where she feels valued.
Most importantly, Stacey learned that God loves her and will never abandon or reject her. She accepted Christ as her Savior during her week of summer camp with us.
Because you cared, Stacey found the only hope that can truly make a lasting difference: the hope of Christ. She was only able to come to Youth Haven because our programs were available to her free of charge. Your support changed her life.
Thank you for making a difference in this little girl’s life, and in the lives of so many others who are struggling to overcome difficulties. With your continued help, disadvantaged children can know God loves them, and there is hope for the future!
*Name changed for confidentiality.