Janetta’s Story

No Weapons Will Prevail

By Janetta

God recently made me a promise:

“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you…”

Isaiah 54:17

I need that promise because throughout my life, the devil has forged a lot of weapons against me, to block me from doing God’s will. My daddy was a drug dealer and Mom was a drug addict who abandoned my siblings and me for weeks at a time.

When I was 16, I gave birth to my first son. Born premature, he weighed less than two pounds and was so sick I had to give him up for adoption because I wasn’t able to care for him. After that, my mother kicked me out of the house. I was on my own, so I had to drop out of high school so I could take care of myself.

Falling to Rock Bottom

Two years later, I met a Christian man I thought would love me. But over the next seven and a half years, he verbally, emotionally, and physically abused me … even in front of our kids.

By 2007, I couldn’t take it anymore and I left him. But by February 2010, the house I was renting went into foreclosure and the electricity was turned off. I was already struggling to make ends meet and I hit rock bottom. I didn’t want to be out on the streets with my babies, so I came to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

The Parenting I Never Had

From the day I arrived, I knew these people loved me and my kids. For me, they became the mother and father I never really had — not only because of their love, but through the “parenting,” discipline, and counsel they offered me.

Because of them, I’ve given my life to God and I’m determined to be the best mom I can be. I’m working as a housekeeper at a local hotel and saving my money. I’m also earning my G.E.D. and I hope to go to college. I’m so grateful to everyone who supports this place.

For 28 years, I went through a lot of struggles and abuse. The devil has thrown a lot of weapons at me in my life, but I know now he won’t prevail. God won’t let me down. I’m focused on Jesus and He’s the only man I need in my life.