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Chose life for the baby from my foster father.

When I was twelve the Lord woke me up one night and instructed me to pray for my future wife whom I had never met.



I went into foster care when I was about twelve years old because my momma had a mental breakdown. I then went to live with a foster family. Through them I met Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. My foster father was the choir director at the church we attended. Like all Christian people he did have the few problems. “He got hooked by Satan,” I say. He started sexually abusing me, and it continued all through high school. He made me pregnant, and I gave birth to a son that I gave up for adoption.

I know that Jesus was there with me because I saw angels around me. I praise God that He was there.


When I was twelve, the Lord woke me up one night and instructed me to pray for my future wife whom I had never met. My heart just ached. I was crying and had an overwhelming sense that I needed to pray for her. I didn’t meet her until I was eighteen. So for six years I would pray every night that God would protect her and show her that He loved her, and let her know that I loved her.


I knew that Jesus Christ was there with me the whole time [during the abuse]. I never did become angry with my foster father. I did feel ashamed, and I had a very low self-esteem.


I was very angry with him for sexually and verbally abusing her. I had a hard time with it. She had to counsel me about how to deal with it because she had already been dealing with it. She had to help me through the anger.


[God] gave me scriptures like Isaiah 43:1 which says, “I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.” At other times He would give me more scriptures that strengthened me. He showed me that He would use my experiences for His glory.

After Chris and I were married, we went to visit my foster father so I could tell him that I had forgiven him. He never asked forgiveness of me. I haven’t seen him since that day.


I am an Ordained Minister with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). I am not pastoring at the moment. I'm currently a graduate student at Lee University. We do have four children.


Our children are, Victoria (18), Charlotte (16), Nathaniel (15), and Mercy (13). Our first date was in December, and from the very first date, I told him about my past. I said, “Before we even date, this is it.” He went out with me anyway. He loved me anyway.


When she told me, in my heart, I felt that I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to making sure that she felt loved and secure.

Rose and Chris - Chose life for the baby from my foster father.

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They attend North Cleveland Church of God.

Rose and Chris have written an autobiographical book entitled The Mended Rose.

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