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Eyerusalem and Yididay

Eyerusalem was born to her parents Alem and Ato in the Oromiya region of Ethiopia. When she was young, Eyerusalem’s grandmother brought her to the city of Addis to live with her. She promised Eyerusalem that she would help her obtain an education, just like she had done for her own children.

Unfortunately, things did not go as Eyerusalem was promised. She received education until the 12th grade when her aunt, who also lived with them, began to treat Eyerusalem unjustly. Eyerusalem began missing classes, and her family mistreated her for doing so. The hate and animosity that she received soon became so great that she ran away from home.

All alone in the capital city of Ethiopia, Eyerusalem had nowhere to go. Eventually she found a place staying with a group of friends. These friends began feeding Eyerusalem half-truths and lies, trying to get her to join them in their work. “You’re beautiful,” they would say. “You could make so much money doing what we are doing. Aren’t you tired of struggling financially?”

Eyerusalem did not like the idea. She had never lived that kind of life, and she didn’t want to. But things were tight. She had no job, nowhere to go. What was she going to do? Eventually Eyerusalem accepted her friends’ invitation.

The next three years were a hard road for Eyerusalem. Guilt weighed heavy on her shoulders; she knew what she was doing was wrong. Even society as a whole looked down on her as piece of filth. She tried often to leave the sex industry, but to no avail. Every time she tried to leave, something would pull her back. She used it to survive, but it was simultaneously killing her on the inside.

One day, a glimmer of hope shone into Eyerusalem’s life. A friend who knew of her current situation told her about the Keziah House. A place where women like her could find hope—a second chance, a new beginning. Desperately desiring this life change, Eyerusalem’s curiosity was peaked, and she came to visit the Keziah House. After speaking with the staff, Eyerusalem knew this was the place for her. If they would just give her a chance, she thought, she would join them.

The staff fell in love with Eyerusalem, and she was admitted to the Keziah House. During an initial medical examination, she discovered something that would change her life forever—Eyerusalem was three months pregnant.

Eyerusalem was devastated. Why was this happening to her? The child was conceived as the result of her former lifestyle, and there was no father to be found. Her only other option was to bring a child into this broken place—a third-world country where the only thing he or she would know is darkness. Her mind was made up; she must get an abortion.

Seeing God’s purpose for Eyerusalem, the staff at Keziah House did not give up on her. They prayed for her, counseled her and comforted her; and by the work of the Holy Spirit, Eyerusalem’s heart was changed. She decided to carry the child to term!

Over the next few months, Eyerusalem continued to wrestle with the idea of parenting the child. She wanted the child to live, but she didn’t think she could ever parent. The constant reminder of her past relationship plus the lie that she could never be an adequate mother kept her from wanting to parent the child. Our staff continued to pray and counsel, however, and God continued to work. Eventually, Eyerusalem decided that she wanted to parent the child.

At graduation in June, Eyerusalem had a new glow about her. When she entered the program, she was burdened with guilt and shame, only the faint spark of hope keeping her alive. Now, she was bursting with light. Christ revealed Himself to her, and darkness fled.

Not many days ago, Yididay entered this world as a 5 lb. little girl. We could not be happier for Eyerusalem! As sort of a declaration of her own identity in Christ, Eyerusalem has chosen a name for the baby that means “loved by God.”

This is truly a great declaration. If you ponder it, not much about Eyerusalem’s situation has changed. She still must raise a child on her own in this broken world. She still faces social disdain as a single mother. She still is going to struggle financially.

But Eyerusalem is loved by God. And so is Yididay. That changes everything.

This means that Eyerusalem not raising a child on her own; the Holy Spirit is with her. This means she has a new identity in Christ as a beloved child of God, so people’s perceptions don’t matter. This means in the face of trials, whether physical, financial or spiritual, Eyerusalem and her daughter can find rest in the arms of a protective Father.

Eyerusalem is in the same situation, but she has a new name, and it’s Daughter. Daughter of the King. Pray for Eyerusalem and Yididay. We know their lives will not be easy, and many more trials will come their way. But we pray that along the way, we will be there as brothers and sisters in Christ to guide and encourage them. We pray that God would use Eyerusalem in raising up a generation that knows only the love of Christ.