Special from the Adams Rescue Mission
By Lex McMillan
Like so many others, when she found her way to The Agape House in June 2018, she was homeless and had run out of options. She was 58, suffering from a variety of physical problems and mental health issues from a life that seems cursed from the time of her birth. As she shared her story with me, I was reminded of the blues song “Born Under a Bad Sign,” with its mournful refrain:
Born under a bad sign, been down since I began to crawl.
If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.
She was the only daughter of a couple who made it clear that they never wanted a girl. She has three brothers, but they are not close. She dropped out of high school in the 11th grade but soon completed her GED. When just 18, she married a man who quickly became physically abusive and unfaithful. While they were still married, he and an accomplice raped and murdered a young girl. Fearing for her own life, she turned him in to the police. He has been on death row since 1996. She has three sons; two are in prison.
She never found a sustaining career but enjoyed working for a time as a nursing assistant. She liked working with older people, but the emotional burden became too much for her. She also enjoyed babysitting small children. Because of her health, she has not worked full time in ten years; she receives Supplemental Security Income from Social Security.
In August she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and is now in a regimen of chemotherapy that will continue into next February.
Despite these challenges, she is hopeful. During her time at Agape House, she says, “I have come out of my shell” and come to believe that she is in God’s hands. She was not raised in a religious home, but her faith is growing with the help of “the best friends I’ve ever had.” She says they have given her everything she needs to meet the challenge of cancer treatments. She strongly feels that God is the healer, is guiding her and giving her strength. She has not experienced the usual side effects of chemotherapy.
She loves the sense of community that she has found at Agape House. For the first time in her life, she feels home. What does that mean to her? It means “family, lots of love, peace, and security.” She hopes to return to part-time work next year, but she plans to remain at Agape House, the home where her heart has found healing.
The Adams Rescue Mission exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; to accelerate recovery and restoration to the least, last, lonely, and lost. Lex McMillan is an ARM board member.
To support the Mission: http://www.adamsrescuemission.org/donate-now.