Our newest baby is David, born to Cynetta, just six weeks ago. David looks like a little man with his dark curly hair and charcoal eyes. His mom has the following to say about her Bethany House experience:
When I was young, I had to protect myself and my younger brothers while my mom worked to support us alone. I learned to survive. When I was thirteen, I stopped coming home on time, and ran away a lot because I couldn’t stand the men my mom brought home. They physically and emotionally abused her, which led my mom to drinking in order to hide her own pain. She was frustrated at my attempts to get rid of the dogs she called men.
When I was fifteen my mom had a boyfriend who was a little younger than she was. He had a twenty-two year old cousin who came around to check on us and I started looking at older men differently with a sinful lust. I lost my virginity at just fourteen, which made me very jumpy‚ but that wasn’t the worst of it. I gave up my purity for something so stupid. After I started running around with older men, I found my self drawn into prostitution. All this led me to the streets and the streets led me to worrying about where I would sleep and what I would eat the next day.
My mom, even though she was still drinking, tried to help. She called the police in attempts to bring me home when I’d run away. But at seventeen, I made another wrong decision and found myself alone and pregnant, unsure of what to do. I chose life and decided to keep my baby. I am so glad I did.
Today, I have a beautiful baby boy, David Emanuel Smith, born on September 20, 2005, who I have temporarily placed with my Godmother while I go on to another program to continue my healing and personal growth. I thank my home church for supporting me and Bethany House for teaching me to be independent without relying on abusive and dysfunctional men. I have learned so much at Bethany House but I still have a way to go. I know with God’s help all things are possible.
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