"I know He makes all things beautiful in His time!"
Her beaming face shone as she shared her excitement about her high grades in school.
"When I was a little girl I dreamed about becoming a princess.
In a big castle, safe from all the bad people.
I know in God's eyes today that I am even better than a princess because He has rescued me and crowned me with glory and honor.”
Ely came to Safe Refuge pregnant at age 14, traumatized beyond words, and an angry sorrowful daughter. When Ely says she knows that God makes all things beautiful in His time, she's not just quoting a bible verse or saying words, she's speaking out of her reality.
She could have been another trafficked daughter of a prostituted daughter—Violated again, and again, and again. The cycle of exploitation, brutality, and utter ruin, could still be her reality. Every 12 minutes a filipino child is sold into the sex industry.
But despite the statistics and situation leading her into a life of slavery, that’s not Ely's story. Instead her reality is freedom. Today Ely can be found randomly bursting into song (quite off key), as she chops the vegetables for dinner. Her little boy will be there beside her, proudly rattling off the latest Bible verses he has memorized because he's smart like his mama.
Ely wants to be a teacher someday, and she delights in teaching her little boy about Jesus. She lives her life loved and she loves deeply. That, in it of itself, is a miracle. We see a lot of miracles. We also see much suffering, overwhelming needs, and incredible obstacles.
Sometimes the $260 a day that it takes to run Safe Refuge seems absolutely impossible to obtain.
Currently there are 52 lives that are completely dependent on us for their every drop of water, bite of food, and piece of clothing. And we hear "When I was hungry.. When I was naked..When I was thirsty.."
A little girl born into extreme poverty, she saw herself as totally worthless now she says in her beautiful, clear, strong voice "I am even better than a princess.” She is clothed in dignity and strength, crowned in glory and honor.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
We can't fathom all the things our God is doing and has done.
Today as you face struggles or burdens or things that feel too hard remember our God turns things around. He makes things beautiful in His time, and even if its never on this earth, let eternity echo in our hearts!
If God puts it on your heart to financially stand with us please the time is now! No gift is too small and it's immediately multiplied times 42!
Thank you so much for your part in making Ely's today beautiful and be blessed that you have the opportunity to invest in eternity!