[The following letter from Yesenia to Theresa Burke, Ph.D., was originally published in the Rachel’s Vineyard newsletter Vine and Branches.]
More than 35 years ago, my parents found themselves newlywed, with a one month old baby, and again with child. Heartbreakingly, they bought into the lie that abortion was an answer to their fears.
Since that moment, they promised to keep that choice a secret. Years passed, and they had three more children (myself included).
Growing up, we were taken for our sacraments, but never fully alive in the faith. We did not even own a Bible.
Fast forward to 2007, my mother came across a bulletin for Rachel’s Vineyard, and our lives changed forever.
Because of my parent’s healing at Rachel’s Vineyard, they were able to come home and open up their hearts to my siblings and I.
The cloud of sadness which had loomed over our family life for so many years finally disappeared…with the power of God’s truth and God’s love.
We came to know Jesus in a profound way through experiencing with my parents His healing power. Today, we live for The Lord, sharing the good news and giving Him praise for all His blessings and graces.
In closing, I just want you to know that my family and I deeply appreciate you and the work the Lord entrusted you with. Rachel’s Vineyard is a treasure for our Church…a gift that transformed our lives.
Please know you, you’re team, and your family are always in our prayers.
God BLESS YOU! Love, Yesenia Lepe