Finding Someone To Talk To
Biova is the mother of four children and while she grew up going to church, she had turned from her faith in adulthood. When her husband was taken to prison, she faced an uncertain and worrisome future, but she felt like she had no one to talk to. She felt the stigma of having an incarcerated spouse as people she once counted as friends turned her away.
When The Child’s Journey program enrolled three of Biova’s children, she started participating in the caregiver support group organized by the program – though she did so half-heartedly. Why would these people treat her any differently than her friends had? However, Biova found herself going to every meeting and slowly she began to open up to the teaching and to the other caregivers around her.
She shared, “One day when I was on my way to the caregiver support group, I carried my daughter along on my bike. At one point on the way, my daughter’s foot went through the spokes of the bicycle tire. My heart filled with panic and I quickly stopped the bicycle to check her. To my relief, I saw that although her shoes were ripped in half, her foot was not injured. When we arrived at the meeting, the TCJ volunteer told us the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and how God protected them from the king’s fiery furnace. In that moment, I knew that it was God who protected my daughter on our way to the meeting.”
At the end of our group meeting, I approached the volunteer and asked him to help me become a Christian. He prayed for me and encouraged me to attend church regularly. From that day on, I started going to church with my children. My husband was recently released from prison and he also attends with us now.
“My family is now complete. I am very happy to be part of the family of God.”