Feeling lost and alone in a new country, with no idea how to navigate the legal system in the United States, Sara R. found herself feeling hopeless. Sara’s fiancé took her from Bahrain to San Diego, then married her and had hoped to help her navigate through the legal system to become a U.S. Citizen, but there were difficulties. He was in the U.S. Navy and soon after arriving home, he was getting redeployed overseas. Initially, Sara was set to travel with him on his deployment.
However, before his departure, Sara had wanted him to reconnect with his family in Texas. Eventually this meeting took place, but the outcome was not as Sara had hoped. The family wanted nothing to do with Sara’s situation and pushed her finance to start divorce proceedings. Ultimately, he dropped her off at a hotel before departing the country, leaving her to fend for herself.
It was there she cried out to God, and He responded to her in a dream. Like many of us, she tried using her own knowledge to navigate the system to find housing and get help, but she had many obstacles keeping her from moving forward. She ended up in a shelter that was very good to her, but she was only able to stay for 4 months.
During that time, God had repeatedly sent her a dream about The Mission of Yahweh. Her own fear kept her from making yet another change until she
was forced to do so.
Upon arriving in August of 2022, she had an appointment with our intake department. She said, “From the minute I walked in, I knew I was in the right place. I felt horrible for fighting God’s will for me.” From her first meeting with our Intake staff, she felt peace and Sara told us, “A shelter is never the ‘ideal’ situation for anyone; but for me, at that time, it was perfect for what I needed. God knew.“
Her case manager assisted her through the obstacles of retaining her work Visa and starting on the path toward citizenship. She found a job and went back to school. The Mission has helped her work toward her G.E.D. and taking (ESL) classes to improve her grasp of the English Language. With a song in her heart, and a smile on her face, Sara is dreaming of having her own business as a beauty product importer. She has skills in this area and is hopeful she can achieve this dream.
One new skill she has developed since being here is to mentor others who have lost everything. It is important to her to be an example of keeping hope and faith in God alive. She says “Don’t listen to others. Trust your heart, and when you come to a shelter try to rest, forgive yourself and get involved. If you have hope, you have everything you need to regroup and move forward. “