I come from a very comfortable, warm and loving family and home with outstanding parents and siblings – aged 36 and 17. I have been an extremely successful business lady for many years and even had my own business (personnel agency) at one time.
I ALWAYS STOOD TALL…
…UNTIL that day when my twin sister committed suicide. My Dad passed away and my wonderful Mom, battling to survive on an oxygen machine, was turning blind.
Everything was becoming too much for me and I tried to escape and forget all the heartache, sorrow and hardship … with alcohol.
During the course of your life an elevator will stop and you will get in. You have to choose which button to press … the top one or the bottom one. My finger accidentally slipped and I pressed the wrong button. I started leading a life in darkness and on bottom level with even more sorrow, worries and heartache and without faith – almost for a year.
It took some time for this elevator to STOP. The doors eventually opened… on the 1st floor. Glaring at the light I stepped out and I saw what looked like a shining star with hundreds of little sparkles shooting from it!
I asked the Lord to “pump me up” and give me courage to carry on and walk that extra mile. I listened to many suggestions and then decided to seek help at the so called shelter. I had my integrity and pride and wondered about staying at a shelter for homeless people. On arrival, I felt very sad, disgusted with myself and so confused… I asked the Lord to take my hand to enable me to ride this gravel road and regain my self-respect and turn my defeat into victory. I will be successful again!
Days and weeks passed and I realised this shelter was actually a home with so much care and concern and I received constant understanding, love and care from Mrs W Hansen, the social worker. This makes me feel like a woman of pride. She was always there for me when I needed answers or help when I was in doubt or in need. Zelda and the most understanding Yvonne were also there to share light with me with much kindness and respect and they gave me strength.
At all times Mrs Hansen had so much patience with me during this bumpy road and through all my difficulties. She supported me in so many different ways as I kept on stepping forward and headed towards my new adventure.
Despite my wrongdoings, SAVF never gave up on me. They are constantly concerned about me and my wellbeing with so much love. There is an open heart and hand for all my needs. This gives me courage.
I’m feeling strong and proud of myself, but am reminded that I could stumble again. But I have not fallen again!
My deepest appreciation for so much unforgettable love from the SAVF management. They used all possible methods in my interest regardless… They have made me a WOMAN OF WORTH. I STAND TALL ONCE AGAIN. I will never forget what SAVF has done for me. I will always love you.
I want to share my happiness and love with you and hope you will ride with on this journey as I pursue success. “Your love is a far better teacher than duty!”
SAVF Colour a Life. 2014.
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