Have you ever had an experience that touched you so deeply that it took away your breath?
In 1990 I moved to Huntsville to marry and have a wonderful life. Little did I know that I was headed straight into a living nightmare of abuse. I had two daughters, Anna and Abby. Over the years I became clinically depressed and was hospitalized. I had to learn how to function in life again. I was literally struggling for my life.
At this time, one of my daughters was in the 3rd grade at St John’s Catholic School. My heart had always been drawn to learn more about the Catholic faith. I started reading my daughter’s first grade religious education books. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. I made a decision that changed my life forever. I joined the adult religious education classes. My daughter and I were baptized and took Holy Communion together on Easter Eve. God was so present! For me this is where religion and spirituality came together. Finally, I had found peace in the midst of the storm of abuse and depression.
My marriage ended after 16 years. I had the support of family, friends, and my church. After a year I found a job, and life was good.
However, somewhere along the way, I quit practicing my faith. Little by little I was a broken spirit again; I was going in and out of severe depression. I had let go of God’s hand. I was operating on self-will, and I lived in hell for many years.
I had heard about a school that offered help and required no money from me, and I later learned it was the Christian Women’s Job Corps program. A friend told me to inquire. I didn’t, but one day “mysteriously”, I found a brochure on my kitchen table.
Guess what!? It was about the Christian Women’s Job Corps. I made the call that was on the brochure and spoke to Charmika Merriweather. After our talk, I came right away to fill out an application. The day I applied was all in God’s timing, because the next day was the last day to submit an application. God had a plan for me! All I knew about the Christian Women’s Job Corps was that they offered computer training classes.
I have learned those computer skills. I have learned to have self-respect, self-esteem, and I have developed genuine relationships. I have learned to love and to be loved again.
CWJC changed my life in many ways, and the great change is the GIFT OF HOPE that I now have. Now I know there are plans for me; I am safe, and I have refuge. I feel hope and a great future awaits me!!
The experience that took my breath away – Christian Women’s Job Corps did that for me. I know that God has a plan for me – plans for peace and well-being.
- Susan Voce