Nearly 40 years ago, when I was 18, I was a victim of criminal sexual assault. At the time, I did not even know what happened to me was a crime. I conceived a child by way of rape.
This all happened only 18 months after Roe V Wade was accepted as law in the United States. 40 years ago, there were no pregnancy care centers, but there were plenty of people pressuring me, insisting that I abort my baby.
At the time, I was literally homeless, motherless, jobless, penniless, a teenager pregnant by rape alone, and I have an incurable disability. All the reasons I was told that I was the “perfect candidate” for an abortion.
When I was 18 weeks along one night while I was trying to sleep, I became very restless. I got up off the couch and stood at the window. Looking out, I saw the full moon’s light beams glistening upon the frozen snow, and a ‘heavenly voice’ spoke to me saying, “This daughter is sacred end of God. This child is destined for great good.” I knew full well, my baby was made in the very image and likeness of God, no matter what the circumstances were of her conception.
On June 14, 1975, I gave birth to a beautiful dark haired, blue eyed baby girl I named Jennifer.
My inner healing began with her very first smile, her first tooth, her first words, and her first steps. My life was all about Jennifer; not about the rape.
When she needed braces, God provided the ways and means. When she needed open heart surgery, God provided the ways and means to help us. Then, when it was time for her to go to college, God provided the ways and means for her to attend and graduate.
It all worked out. Yes, it is true that child is destined for great good because she is sacred and of God, just like I was told by the ‘heavenly voice’ while she was still in my womb.
Now, 40 years later, I'm a very happy grandma living out a life of gratitude.
My daughter’s children are the absolute proof that God has a perfect plan for every single human being created. It's to our benefit to cooperate with him in great joy!
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