“I was a victim of domestic violence in the seventies. I was hit in the head with a monkey wrench twice, and stomped several times in my back by my husband because I wanted to leave the marriage. I was hospitalized for three days and had to have a police escort from the hospital to the airport to leave Alaska. I was in hiding for twenty-three years, looking over my shoulder, until he died in the year 2000. It was by the grace of God I survived the ordeal.
My first encounter with Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge was meeting and listening to the young men in the program in my Sunday School class. One of the young men testified and wanted prayer for his drinking problem. We prayed for him and the Lord gave me opportunity to encourage him in the Lord.
I volunteered at one of the Teen Challenge banquets and was amazed with some of the stories the students told. God had transformed their lives through Jesus Christ, and put them back on the right track. I knew I wanted to be part of this organization, so I joined the Women’s Auxiliary.
After joining the Women’s Auxiliary the Lord was leading me to do more, so I started volunteering in the Stewardship Office as a part-time Receptionist. I wanted to be part of the transformation of these men, women, and children’s lives. It has been so fulfilling for me to know my life is making a difference in the lives of others.”