Bosnia Drug Rehab Center: Ella’s Story
Ella was raised in a happy, middle-class military family where God was never mentioned. She met a Roma man while in high school and married him soon after graduation but divorced him before their daughter, Dana, was born—just after Ella’s 19th birthday. Ella joined the military when the war started, leaving Dana with her mother. She soon met another man whom she married and continued to visit her daughter, but the visits became infrequent as her attention focused on her new husband who had a son.
Although the couple prospered financially, something was missing. The two began abusing alcohol and using recreational drugs, which led them into heroin addiction and stints in and out of jail for drug dealing and theft. They left their children for Ella’s parents to raise.
Eventually, the couple attended a Christian-based rehab center in a neighboring country, where they committed their lives to Christ. Since their conversion nearly a decade ago, Ella has served in ministry to the Roma and worked with women who are rebuilding their lives following incarceration; she also leads an outreach to a women’s group in the village where her mother was born and raised.
Pray for Ella and others working with the Roma and women coming out of prison, introducing them to Jesus so they can be set free from fear and heroin addiction.