“I was 5 when I began trafficking drugs for my mother and was put in danger. Now I just want my mother to know that no matter what she has done, I will always love her. I know this because no matter what I have done, God loves me”.
In a culture where parental approval is greatly valued, Praewa didn’t hesitate to obey her mother when asked to deliver drugs to nearby villages. Her unquestionable obedience committed her to a lifestyle of vulnerability that she couldn’t comprehend at her age.
After years of drug trafficking, her mother was imprisoned, leaving her child without any money or resources. At only 13 years old, Praewa felt she had no other option but to go to the city and sell the only thing she had left; her body. Alone and terribly vulnerable in a life of prostitution, she earned whatever income she could to survive and to be able to send financial help back to her disabled stepfather until the day that she was rescued by police and brought to the safety of Rapha House. As she worked through the holistic programming at the safe house, and through extensive counseling, she recognized how her vulnerability to be trafficked increased exponentially when her mother exploited her.
Praewa gradually became interested in a local church and started studying the Bible. As Mother’s Day approached, Praewa continued thinking about her mother and became convinced that since she was rescued and forgiven by Christ, she was empowered to forgive her mother also. She asked if Rapha House staff could take her to buy a present and visit her mother. When she arrived at the prison and they spoke, her mother was completely overcome at the forgiveness shown her. After all the ways she had put her child in danger, her daughter's only response was to give her a gift. Seeing her mother so deeply broken over her choices, helped Praewa receive the closure she needed. Praewa has continued to visit her mother in jail regularly on Mother’s Day for the past several years. The depth of love and kindness she shows is a testimony of her astounding strength. “I just want my mother to know that no matter what she has done, I will always love her. I know this because no matter what I have done, God loves me”.
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