When Alma stepped through the doors of Scott Mission, she was filled with fear. Staff sensed it and moved in to offer comfort and any help the young woman and her daughter needed. They soon learned she was a victim of domestic violence and new to the country. Afraid for her life and her daughter’s, they ran. Then a new fear gripped her—it was winter in Toronto, and she had no coat for her 4-year-old!
A warm coat for her little girl, that’s all the frightened mother asked for. But within minutes, she learned she had come to a place where God’s love reigns.
She got a nice warm coat for her daughter—plus other warm clothes for both of them! The staff loaded her up with groceries and some additional supplies and comforts since the room she was renting was quite bare.
But it was the prayers and encouragement that meant the most to Alma that day. So much so, that she came back again and again to spend time with her new family of friends at Scott Mission. “That first day was a blessing, but the blessing continues. I have received so much, far beyond material things,” Alma says with a grateful smile.
“Scott Mission has been my refuge. I received counselling and have grown emotionally and spiritually.”
Thanks to support from caring friends and donors, Alma and her daughter also had a chance to attend a family event at Scott Mission Camp. It was a healing time for them and all the other attendees. “Camp was amazing. I’ve always had faith in Jesus, but I truly felt a transformation, and so did my daughter,” Alma says.
Alma is in school now, working toward certification in accounting and finance, but she never forgets the warm welcome she received, which made all the difference. “Thank you. Donor support made this happen. I greatly appreciate the help and look forward to the day when I can give back to help others.”
Thank you for giving generously now to help families who are in need this Christmas season. Prayer, fellowship, and the great gift of a meal or order of groceries is a huge comfort to a frightened parent like Alma.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” —James 1:17 NIV