Patricia lived with her father until there was a misunderstanding between them. He believed that she was a witch so he beat her and then kicked her out of the house.

Patricia had nowhere to go for shelter. She had to fend for herself and slept alone on the streets for the first night. But then she met a young prostitute and was drawn in to a lifestyle of prostitution. She had no other options and it was a hard life on the streets. When she refused to go with older men, Patricia was abused and burned with hot plastic bags.

Patricia prayed to God for help the entire time that she was living on the streets. One day she met Pastor Mueller who is a caregiver at Mercy Home. Mercy Home provides education, healthcare, clothing, and a home for children who have been living on the streets of Kinshasa.

Patricia explained her situation to Pastor Mueller and was eventually brought to Mercy Home. At Mercy Home, Patricia saw kids who had been in similar situations to her being given another chance. They became a family and Patricia began to see the other children as little brothers and sisters. Whenever problems or difficulties came along, they worked them out together.

Soon after she came to Mercy Home, Patricia began attending church and saw everyone worshipping God and praising Him. She decided to follow Jesus and to serve Him in the church. Now Patricia dreams of graduating from high school and attending college. She hopes to get a job and to help other children just as she has been helped.

If you are interested in supporting Mercy Home (Bomoyi Ya Sika), contributions can be designated to project C0311.

"I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me." - Matthew 25:35-36

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