She hopes her daughters will learn from her.
The first time Iris came to our emergency shelter, she stayed just three weeks. Then she left to return to the drug-infested situation that brought her here in the first place.
One year later, she was back and humbled after being evicted from her apartment. She took every class we offered, learning from the teachers about life, God and good decision making.
She was a good student, and a year later she was baptized, devoting herself to follow Jesus Christ all the days of her life. She now has a job as a certified nurse.
She turned from darkness to a bright future. But like any mother, she prays her two daughters, aged 7 and 15, will learn from her mistakes.
They have enjoyed staying at Star of Hope with their mother. Joining in the youth program took them places they never would have seen, including concerts, poetry readings and discussion groups. They are blossoming into beautiful women.
Iris knows the dangers a young woman can get swept into. Her advice for them is simple –
- Stay humble.
- Do not move too fast.
- Remember who you belong to.
- Allow God to use you.
- Going with the temptations is not worth it.
- You are very important to a lot of people.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. — Proverbs 4:6-7, NIV