Macy’s Story: Beauty From Ashes
If you don’t believe Jesus can turn a horrific situation into something beautiful, keep reading!
9 months ago (in August 2021), 13-year-old “Macy”* found herself pregnant after being brutally attacked by a gang. Despite pressure from her family to abort, she decided to keep her baby.
I don’t know if I would have had the same kind of faith, courage, and fortitude if I were in her position, but I like to think I would. I also like to think other young survivors of sexual violence will find inspiration in her story.
When Macy was first approached by our children’s advocate, she was understandably despondent. The things she loved most – her family, going to school, playing with her friends – seemed to be slipping away. Without the support of her family, she had few options for her or her baby’s future.
As the bump under her dress grew, she says fewer people would dare to look her in the eyes. She began to feel invisible. But God saw her. God had a plan for her.
Macy was taken to Petros Zoe Initiative, a youth-focused organization based in Mukono, Uganda, with a teen pregnancy center. She was welcomed with open arms.
Working through their Community Action Team (CAT), Petros Zoe provided Macy with the physical and emotional support she needs. She’s receiving safe shelter, medical care, trauma therapy and emotional support, skills training, and so much more. Perhaps most important of all, she’s learned how loved and valued she is by Jesus.
Last night, Macy gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl whom she named Gift. Macy is in love, bonding well with her baby, and dreaming big dreams for her and her baby.
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20)
Friends, Macy is just one survivor whose life has been transformed in the last few months. Because of you, communities are fighting sexual abuse and girls like Macy (and her baby) are receiving the love and care they need to live happy, healthy, and fruitful lives.
Thank you for your continued love, prayers, and support.
Onwards & Upwards in Christ,
*Not her real name