“I am really just so thankful. I gave birth to a healthy beautiful baby boy last year in October. I am really thankful for the mercies of God upon my life. The Lord has been really gracious to me. Last year when I got pregnant, I thought that was the end of my life. I was so frustrated, so scared, and so disappointed. My mother did not have a job and my father had died when I was very young, so my mother had struggled bringing me up and providing for me. Before I got pregnant, I was in school and my grandmother was the one paying my school fees and supporting me. But when I got pregnant, my grandmother said that she would not support me anymore. She was so angry and disappointed in me. At this point, I didn’t know what to do. I thought about aborting, as all of my friends told me to abort and they were seriously worried about me giving birth. But I saw that my life would really be in danger if I tried to abort using the traditional herbal medicines that kill many girls who try to abort. So I decided to keep the pregnancy and not abort.
I did not deliver naturally when I gave birth; I had to go for a c- section. I remember walking into that operation room when I was terrified; I thought that would be the end of my life. I did not look behind me at Mommy Amy, Aunt Betty and my mother. I couldn’t. Mommy Amy prayed for me before and then I walked into the operation room. I tried to be strong and brave as I saw lots of knives and sharp instruments but I honestly thought that I was going to die. I did not think I would make it.
I prayed and said that Lord if today I am to die, let me come straight to you but please save my baby and keep it alive. But the doctors did the operation well and my baby came out alive and then after some hours, I also came out of the operation alive. I was so thankful that I made it. I was so grateful and appreciative that Mommy Amy had been there for me during this hard time. Tears would not stop running down my cheeks because of the happiness. I was so overwhelmed with joy.
I am so thankful that God has been my shield and strength from the time I gave birth to today. I thank Him for my baby boy (Dickens). He is 10 months old now and doing very well. He is learning how to crawl and smiles a lot. It has been really nice watching baby Dickens grow, smile and myself be a mother. I honestly did not know how I was going to raise him up as a single mother. It has been hard for me, of course, but I thank God that through this time I have learned to accept the gift of motherhood to Dickens, love and care for him. I believe that he needs support and love from me and I am ready to do that as a mother for him. Mommy Amy has believed in me, encouraged me, and supported me through everything.
I really thank the Lord that Mommy Amy came into my life and I was connected to her by a friend that said she had a passion for helping young teenage mothers like me. When she heard about me she was so touched and convicted to support me. Mommy Amy took me for prenatal checkups and supported me from home where I stayed with my mother throughout my pregnancy. I felt so blessed and I am so thankful that someone out there cared about and loved me. Mommy Amy has been supportive with all that I need, even long after I have given birth. She checks on me regularly, has me and my baby, Dickens, over to her home for days, and continues to help support me when I need help. She has blessed my life more than I could imagine.
I now believe in a bright future for my life, even after the pregnancy. I really want to continue with school and then go for a vocational training skill. I want to be a hairdresser :) and be able to raise money to support me and my baby. Thank you, Mommy Amy and everyone who has supported both her and me and my baby through her. Thank you for your love and support. May God bless you."