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Charlesetta came to us at the House of Orange Mound a year ago, leaving the ‘crack house’ down the street from the Orange Mound Resource Center for the first time. 

“I said to myself, if I can stick it out in jail for 6 months, I can stay in class for 4.”

She has 11 children by 6 (maybe 7) baby-daddies. “I don’t know who the father is of one of my kids.” This year all of her kids will have their first Christmas together with their mom. She is sober, employed, and reborn. 

“My mom used to ask me to just call my kids and say hello, and I was too high to dial the phone.” Now, daily she walks past her former pimps and dealers on the way to work. “They see the change in me now, and they leave me alone . . . they wave and that’s it!”


“I said to myself, if I can stick it out in jail for 6 months, I can stay in class for 4.”


Yesterday we talked about the genealogy of Jesus in the first chapter of Matthew. His human birth had traceable roots through Rahab the prostitute, Ruth the pagan, Tamar the assaulted, and Bathsheba the fornicator. Jesus “came from” quite an assortment of women, rolled into one Charlesetta.

“You have been REDEEMED!”
I asked her if she knew what that word means.
“Is it like a coupon?” she queried.
It's far bigger . . . It’s your story. Jesus came from women like you . . . And He came for women like you.  To make the old new, to restore the years (40 years of her life) that the locust ate up.

Charlesetta makes it real to us.  She is honest about her past . . . She is grateful for the present . . .  and she is confident about Who holds the future.      

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