I was homeless in Springfield, Mo., where my son Corey and I slept in my car. I would drive him to school each day then return in the afternoon to pick him up. After picking him up, I would find a spot to park each night where we could sleep.

I tried every day, but never could get us in to the family shelter. It was always full. Finally, I took my son to a children’s shelter for homeless kids and I stayed at a women’s shelter.

During that time my car was stolen. After two months in the children’s shelter, the State of Missouri contacted me and said it appeared I had abandoned my child and they then threatened to take custody of him. This really hurt me because I was doing everything I could to create a home for myself and my son.

During the day, I would go to job interviews, doctor’s appointments, or go to visit my son at the children’s shelter.

Then I met Reverend Larry Rice and his son Chris Rice at the Veterans Coming Home Center. Later, I found out that the Veterans Coming Home Center is a division of New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis. I talked with Reverend Rice and his son about the leadership training program and decided it was a perfect place for myself and my son, Corey.

Now my son and I have stability, a home, a vehicle, and are surrounded by a loving Christian community.

When I first came to NLEC, I worked with Dulce in the Development Department and then began assisting with our Social Media Department. Now I currently work as the Accounts Receivable Clerk, assist with social media as needed, I manage one of the Safe Houses for women and children, and I provide transportation for some of the ladies staying at the safe houses.

God allowed the bad things I went through to provide a story of how He works for good in our lives. Now I love sharing my testimony of Christs’ love even when I was homeless. This shows how Jesus works through the lives of caring people like Reverend Larry Rice, the staff at New Life Evangelistic Center, and those who partner with New Life Evangelistic Center to help others like me.

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