Stories From the Field: Sandy’s Story
Bosnia Drug Rehab Center
Sandy was jailed for the first time when she was 16. She met Ella while both were serving time. During the years they were in and out of jail, the two became friends. Sandy told Ella about her painful childhood, having to work every day with her mother at a bar. When Sandy was 12, her mother married the bar owner. The three lived in a small, one-room apartment over the bar. When Sandy’s mother worked late, the man began sexually abusing Sandy. After two years of abuse, she decided to run away. Sandy cut her hair and began dressing and talking like a boy, before joining a street gang, stealing and selling drugs. She eventually had a son and daughter, who now live with her mother, since Sandy has been in and out of jail over the last 20 years.
Ten years ago, Ella met Sandy again when the team started visiting the jail. They’re now unable to visit in person, but the two stay in contact by phone; Ella also takes Sandy care packages. Sandy was released a few years ago, but after becoming addicted to anti psychotic meds she was again jailed for theft. Ella and the team continue to share God’s love with Sandy.
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