Debora joined OM’s House of Joy program in 2017. Although her journey to get there was one filled with valley after valley, she never lost hope, and her Christian friend Anita never stopped praying…
Debora* was married and with her husband Bashkim* had five children. But in 1997, after eight years of marriage he secretly divorced her and took his five children and moved to Germany. As is traditional, when Bashkim left, Debora stayed on living with his family. She took care of his parents, and served in their family’s household, doing so with love and respect for them. However, in October 2017, after 20 years without her husband, slaving for his parent’s household, Debora was suddenly told she had to quit the household: Bashkim was coming back to Kosovo with his new wife.
Desperately, Debora called her friend Anita, a fellow believer at the local church. Anita works with OM Kosovo at the House of Joy project: a holistic programme reintegrating survivors of abuse into society. The two women had met in 2010 at church, but whenever Anita tried to talk to Debora about her situation, Debora was never free to talk openly, because her husband’s family was always hovering nearby to stop her from sharing what was happening in her life. Ever since they first met, Anita had been praying, and asking God how she could help rescue Debora from the house that had enslaved her.
When the day of Debora’s expulsion from her old home came, Anita and two other OMers picked Debora up and took her to the police station to make a report. From there, they took her to a government shelter. After staying for the legal minimum of one month, Debora transferred in November 2017 to the House of Joy,where she has truly brought the word JOY into the home.
Debora shares the gospel with the other ladies in the house, sings worship songs at the top of her lungs, studies her Bible in the common areas, and invites everyone to church on Sundays.
One Saturday evening, one of the other girls was asking her questions about her faith and made the decision herself to accept Jesus into her life. The next day at church, after speaking to the pastor, she made a true and official profession of faith.
Debora is a light, despite all of her hardships; she salts the earth as she walks and believes in miracles. She loves everyone with the love that Jesus has for them because she has felt it herself. She is finally free to live out her faith and find healing through the building of her relationship with Jesus, and through spending time with the program’s psychologist.
Please pray for Debora that she would be a good influence and have success in her time at the House of Joy. Please pray, too, that she would find healing through Jesus, and accept the help on offer.
*Names changed for security reasons.