December 4, 2014
By Amber Foster
20-year-old Rosa has come in and out of our ministry a few times, usually with her twin sister Carmela. The two have been inseparable for most of their lives, and that has allowed them to survive being passed over, mistreated and abused. The dependence these two girls have on each other has helped them survive, but it has also allowed them to feed off of each other’s negative traits. And it has often caused one of them to get in trouble for the other. Carmela is currently living with a steady boyfriend and raising her little boy, so it was time for Rosa to try and make it on her own.
To be honest when Rosa turned up on our doorstep again I thought, “This will last all of a week.” We talked to her about her goals and prepared for a week or two of Rosa’s irritating neediness. I was most definitely wrong.
Rosa has grown up over the past year and has developed her own personality away from her sister. She is kind and loving and very eager for any type of praise, but she is also absolutely hilarious. Rosa has quickly become one of my favorites at the building with her easy smile and witty remarks. She loves to sit and talk about past adventures we’ve had together and her plans for the future. She desperately wants to have a family and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had.
Rosa still makes stupid mistakes and struggles daily with her self-worth, but she’s looking forward to going back to school next year and making something of her life. This sweet girl has seen too much pain. Please help us give back to her some of the love she has missed out on, yet so freely gives to others. Please consider sponsoring her for Beach Christmas 2014.