I Will Never Leave You nor Forsake You
In the darkness, Jesus found me. Over 30 years of drug addiction and
it came down to this one moment, what would I do to save my life and
protect my children? My children had persuaded me to be part of
Spokane Dream Center’s Easter drama at The Met (now Bing Crosby
Theater). I’ll have to confess that even though I was trying to turn
my life around, I didn’t always win the battle.
There were nights I attended rehearsal when I was high, but deep in my
heart, I wanted to be free of this addiction. I was a mother to all
those around me, my children and my fellow addicts, although I didn’t
always do a great job, I tried.
Trying to be helpful, set up the nightmare that unfolded the night
before the Easter drama performance. Some of my so-called “friends”
dropped off a guy who needed a place to stay. I discovered after my
children were asleep downstairs, that he had other plans. I was held
hostage and raped over a 14-hour period. Personally, I knew I could
survive anything. My children were my main concern.
He had a weapon and I knew he was crazy enough or high enough to use
it. At all costs, I needed to save my children. As morning approached,
a new chapter unfolded. My abductor took me from the house and
dragged me down the street without shoes, only wearing a housecoat,
with his arm around my neck and a gun to my head. As people drove by
me in my distress, I prayed for a way of escape, and finally realized,
I was running out of time.
I broke loose and ran screaming the other way. He quickly fled the
opposite direction. Help arrived and I was taken back home, choosing
to shelter my children from the gory details of my ordeal.
That evening was the drama performance, and my children insisted I go.
I couldn’t let them down, and so I went, broken on the inside and
frazzled on the outside.
I was an angel in the final scene and as I entered the throne room
that night, God met me there. In that moment, His healing power took
away the pain and violation of my near-death experience. His peace
flooded my soul. I was transformed. God had a better plan for my life.
A few months later, I was the first woman to enter Dream Center’s
Women’s Discipleship Program. My life turned around, so I was seeking
Jesus instead of running away from Him. My family has been restored. I
graduated from college and became a Dental Assistant and today, I also
share the love of Jesus as a caregiver. My life is forever changed.
Do you need healing? Are you ready to lay down your burden? Jesus
promised, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Come and meet Him
at the Cross.
Don’t miss “Behold Jesus” – Spokane Dream Center’s Easter Drama on
Saturday, March 30 with two performances, a matinee at 1 p.m. and
evening performance at 6:30 p.m. at the INB Performing Arts Center,
334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA. For more information about the
drama or Discipleship programs, contact Spokane Dream Center at
509.924.2630 or www.spokanedreamcenter.org.