Debra’s Story of Rescue
“I had been locked in a cage for nearly 40 years with a man who subjected me to terrible abuse.”
That’s how Debra* describes what her life had been like since she was married at the age of eighteen. The man she married was cruel and abusive from the very beginning. “One time, early on in our marriage, I remember him beating my leg in the same spot over and over until blood was just pouring out like sweat.” That kind of abuse was all she knew. And Debra never had any hope of escape.
She recalls, “I didn’t even have a key to my own house. He had the driveway barricaded with a locked gate so that I couldn’t leave. He controlled all the keys: house, car, gate – just everything.”
Locked away in the prison of her own home, she also wasn’t allowed regular communication with the outside world.
“I’d been married 25, maybe 30 years before we even got our first phone. I had to learn to be creative just to be able to talk to my mom.”
With no phone, no freedom to leave, and without the encouragement she needed from family or friends to find safety and freedom for herself, Debra’s only lifeline was talking to God and reading the Bible. Even that she had to do in secret.
Then, there was a glimmer of hope.
Debra’s husband decided she had to get a job because they needed money. In that decision she believes he also began to feel like he was losing control, and the abuse escalated.
“The last six months before I left it was getting bad; I could feel it getting closer – that he was finally going to kill me.”
The thing is, he was right about losing control. That job, cooking in a school, gave Debra the lifeline she needed to the outside world. She was able to tell a friend at work what was happening and that friend encouraged her to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline. They quickly helped her plan her escape to Idaho, and to the Rescue Mission.
“My friend bought me a bus ticket. I left for work the next day with nothing but my wallet and the clothes on my back, got on the bus, and left. I was scared. And then, as a human being you question, no matter how much faith you have, ‘Am I doing the right thing?’ And all along the way the Lord kept giving me little signs that I was on the right path. He was letting me know that everything was going to be okay. And then I got to City Light. I had never felt so safe and so much relief.”
Debra is not alone. Every day, people in extremely vulnerable situations come to the Rescue Mission for help. We are able to offer each one the love of Jesus, safety, stability, and resources they need to regain control of their lives and futures.
But, we need your help.
Right now, because of this $50,000 matching challenge grant, your giving will go even farther to help more people like Debra. Would you prayerfully consider giving a gift today?
Don’t Wait. Rescue Someone At Risk Today!
Boise Rescue Mission Ministries has received a $50,000 matching challenge grant to provide shelter and safety for vulnerable men, women, and children in our community this summer.
*Debra’s name has been changed for her protection.