This past month has been a hard month for the RETA family. We were deeply saddened when we learned of the deaths of two of our beloved clients - Lori and Lisa. We will miss them deeply.
Months before her passing, Lori allowed RETA to share her story and we are so grateful that we had the honor of seeing her life transformed through the grace of Jesus Christ. Below is her story.
LORI’S STORY, SHARED EARLY 2018
“I have a nine, six and three-year-old and I’m going to deliver in June. My nine-year-old is Ryan, my six-year-old is Chase and then I have Carson. I was in a very tough spot when I chose RETA. I was actually in a Planned Parenthood office with my third son and they had given me abortion numbers.
So I just fell to my knees and started crying. And then, someone came in and that’s when I got up and I was like, ‘You can walk this way or that way,’ so I just kept walking and never knew where I was going. It was in January, so it was below zero. I saw a cross on the sign, and it was the Faith Mission. So I walked in there and I was like, ‘I want to talk to somebody, preferably a female,’ because I think we would be more understanding with each other. While I was there, the coaches, they give referrals, and RETA was one of them.
When I was on my knees, it was just a wakeup call, and I was at rock bottom. That’s when I found Jesus. There’s a verse in Matthew – don’t worry about the clothes you wear, the food, and all these things. I’ll provide for you, so I believed. It wasn’t just believing, but I’ve seen him provide for me and he’s really shown me who he is.
RETA, Reason Enough To Act, they stepped up to the plate for single mothers and mothers who need insight and it’s great. It’s helped me become a better mother. I’ve been able to provide for my children better financially. It’s tough being a single mother and I can earn mommy money, go shopping in RETA’s Family store and get brand new stuff for my kids. It saves me money and it leaves me more money for them.
My situation has made me who I am today, so I’m thankful for hitting rock bottom and not being shy to cry in front of people. If I would’ve done that, I wouldn’t have my son, Carson. I’m thankful that I did not take that route and that I have my little boy with me, because he’s a joy. I just love him to death. He’s been my savior, almost like my rescuer. If it wasn’t for him, I might still be in the mess I was in – surrounded by drugs, on a friend’s couch and didn’t have anything of my own. Its great – you have something to live for, something to take care of.
I’m thankful for RETA, I can’t even explain how great this program is here.”