A Sister Not Forgotten

“Do you accept siblings?” Mikaela only had one question as her hopeful eyes looked up at me at the end of our referral interview. At 15 years old, Mikaela was referred to Safe through the Philippine department of social welfare. As we talked and I began to get a grasp on her story, it became clear that Mikaela was very concerned about her 11 year old sister, Maggie.  When Mikaela was 13, teachers saw signs of abuse and an investigation showed that Mikaela had been a victim of sexual violence and neglect for 8 years. They removed her from the home and placed her in an orphanage but left eight year old Maggie in the home where the abuse had occurred. For two years they were separated; Mikaela cried every night, tormented that she had ‘abandoned’ her sister.

 

During that time, Mikaela was molested again by an orphanage staff member. A social worker with a heart for sexually abused girls knew Mikaela needed to be protected and referred her to Safe Refuge. Through all of this, Maggie remained Mikaela’s number one priority. She didn’t want her younger sister to experience the pain, fear and abuse that had stolen her own childhood. Mikaela wanted to be in a place where she could go through the healing process and feel secure but she knew that could never happen if she was unable to protect her sister when her life was at great risk.

 

When I asked, “Would you like your sister to be with you? Would you feel at peace if she stays with you?” tears filled her eyes as she slowly nodded. She let out a deep breath and it was as if she was releasing a load that had been much too heavy for her young shoulders. The sad and disturbing truth is that her worries and fears are all valid.  I can’t count the number of times we’ve heard stories from those who have been victims of molestation, sexual abuse and exploitation with siblings who also become easy prey for the abuser. This is especially true in cases like Mikaela’s where the abusers were family members. More often than not, statistics show that these siblings are likely to end up working in the bars prostituting themselves or being pimped out by their abusers. The vast majority of girls we’ve talked to who currently or used to work in bars were first abused in their homes.

 

Our social worker and the referring party worked together tirelessly to get custody of Maggie and a few days after Mikaela came to live with us she was reunited with her sister. They’re now living together at Safe as they begin the journey of healing and rebuilding. For the first time in their lives these precious little girls are being protected and watched over, for the first time in their lives they get to be children.

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A Precious Gift

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When Safe Refuge opened it’s doors in 2007, it was birthed out of relationships, friendships, kingdom of God heart connections.  Most of those people and precious lives are not going to be able to be with me (Naomi) on my wedding day. But in heart and spirit we stay connected and grateful for how our God unites our lives and makes the world smaller even through youtube and facebook and live web streaming!

It would really mean so much to me to have Red and Ara be a part of this eternally significant day. We have walked through so much together, life and death, ugly and beautiful and this is another important milestone. For Red and Ara to represent Safe Refuge Family, and a beautiful aspect of my journey, would be a precious wedding day gift.

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Naomi with Ara (Safe Refuge National Director) and Red (Co-Founder of Safe Refuge)

If you can be a part of making this possible it would mean so much!

Please donate through this link and we will make sure it goes towards tickets! We have been watching them and right now it would cost 2500 for both of them to come round trip! Tickets are down and we know God is God of the impossible, so we want to at least try to do our part and ask!!

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”                                            Helen Keller

Thank you SO much every little gift will help!!

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