Program Success Mother's Day 2015 - Page 25

Suffering the agony of the rape in silence, Destiny did not tell a soul. She was embarrassed and afraid. She went from a happy talkative child, to a reserved little girl. Eventually she got the courage to tell her mother about what the Bishop had done to her. Instead of her mother’s love and understanding, her mother turned on her, brought her before the church, asked them to pray for her because she was telling lies. This nightmare would continue. Soon school officials noticed her weight gain. At the young age of 9, she gave birth to her first child. Literally, a baby having a baby. Destiny’s second chance at marriage was to a man who was 37 years old. She now was only 18. Having had to drop out of school in the ninth grade she decided to go to a community college to obtain a certificate of business. This would enable her to help her husband lawn care business. Three years later her 8th baby is born. She put her mind and business knowledge to work and obtained city contracts. Before long her contracts were totaling $500,000. She purchased a new home and she thought all was well. Eventually that marriage would come to an end. The abuse continued for Destiny throughout her young life. Only 11 years old she forced to marry a young deacon from the church who was her 20 year old rapist. After several years of unhappiness and unrest she was able to divorce him and focus on raising her young children. Now in her mid-40’s, and nine beautiful children. She was in a different phase of life. She was now a successful business woman of not one but several businesses. She had been waiting all of life for God’s help. Her vision was for a building complex to have counselors, educators, medical staff, childcare and on the job training staff to help children to feel safe. She envisions a place where individuals can stand on their own feet and be able to take care of themselves and their children. She desires to teach others about God’s saving grace and to let them know there is hope on the other side of their abuse. She wants people to understand that regardless of your past situation, there is still life to be lived. PROGRAM SUCCESS MAGAZINE PAGE: 25 | MOTHERS DAY 2015