On Sunday morning, Meli walked two hours to Compasio’s Emergency Shelter with two children and her five-month-old baby. There wasn’t an emergency, she just wanted to go to church with our staff.
Meli first came to our Shelter at the beginning of 2014 when she was only four months pregnant. She had been severely beaten by her husband and needed a safe place for herself and her children. Meli was emotionally scarred and in her distress, she did not want to keep her unborn baby. Our staff encouraged her often and helped give her the counseling she needed to gain perspective and peace.
By the time she gave birth, she knew she wanted to keep the baby.
When Meli’s newborn daughter was born with bilateral femur fractures that had happened in the womb, we knew she would need extra support. We helped facilitate regular medical follow-up so that her baby will receive the care she needs. Our team was also able to help her build her own home in a nearby Karen village where her kids can grow up in safety and she’ll have the support of a healthy community.
While Meli stayed with Compasio, she encountered God’s heart through people who loved her well during her greatest time of need. She found protection and love from total strangers.
On Sunday, she didn’t walk two hours just for a church service. She wanted to commune once again with Jesus through Compasio.