By: Ellie Date: 12/17/2015
When Lauren stepped into Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids (AWC) for the first time, little did she know her life was about to be changed.
She came into Alpha carrying a lifetime of difficult and heavy baggage because of an unstable home life, she ran away, became homeless, and was struggling with depression and physical illnesses. And, if that weren’t enough, she was 31 weeks pregnant.
During Lauren’s first appointment with Alice, her mentor, they went through an intake form, which covers basic information. When Alice asked about Lauren’s faith experience, Lauren said she had learned about God as a child but never made a personal commitment. However, things were about to change.
Alice shared the story of Jesus—his life, his incredible love and plan for all of us. She then asked if Lauren would want to accept Christ into her life. Lauren broke down in tears. “She was tired of the struggle,” Alice said.
That day, in a small mentor room, Lauren’s life was changed—filled with hope and gratitude; a sense of gratitude she couldn’t wait to share.
One week later Alice received a beautiful pink, handwritten card in the mail—it was from Lauren. In her letter, Lauren expressed her thankfulness to Alice for introducing her to a new life with God.
“I want you to know that I appreciate you very much and anticipate our next visit. You have given me hope and I feel that accepting faith now will be easier. I finally have someone to open up and share with,” Lauren wrote.
“I was floored at her gratitude,” Alice said as she recalled the moment of receiving the card, tears beginning to well up in her eyes. “It’s such a sincere thank you.”
As a mentor, it can be difficult to see proof of growth in a client. However, Alice was shown a beautiful and powerful demonstration through Lauren’s words. “Her feelings are right there,” she said, pointing to the neat handwriting penned in the card. “This is where the power of words is effective and beautiful,” Alice said. “We speak words of life.”
Lauren ended her card by writing: “From my heart to yours, I thank you from the bottom of it! Your words will have an everlasting effect on me, and I look forward to the growth that comes from here on out!”
Alice hopes to continue meeting and growing with Lauren as she begins her faith journey, being used by God to make an impact.