By Miranda Higgins McGhee
Our mentoring classes began many years ago with a passion for women who were hurting. The vision began to unfold in 2001. I was watching the local news, which was conducting a segment on “Women in Prison” from the St. Gabriel Correctional Center in Louisiana. This segment was aired the entire week. I was drawn to the women and their stories. On the last day, there was a woman who stood out the most, and her name appeared on the bottom of the TV screen—Beverly C. I felt compelled to write her.
I began corresponding with her via mail for seven months without divulging my identity (I wrote as a friend in Christ) until the Christmas holidays were approaching. During this time, I learned that she was in prison for getting into a car with three individuals who had robbed a jewelry story early that morning. At the time that I had begun writing her, she was com- pleting her 10-year sentence. I remember asking her if she was granted a Christmas gift— what would she want? She replied, “To see my children for Christmas and to taste a donut.” Being a single mother at the time, her request touched the mother in me, and little did I know that this request would be the beginning of many years of assisting women with their children during hard times in life.
One week before Christmas I borrowed my cousin’s new truck and took both of Beverly’s children to see her. It was a little strange at ﬁrst because she didn’t know what I or her daughter looked like, so she looked for her son. She had not seen her daughter Niki since she was was arrested. At this moment, the idea for the mentoring centers was birthed in me. It was a memorable moment.
In the initial seven months of communication with Beverly, I thought the mentoring was for her, but later learned the plan was to impact her son’s life and to walk him through the difﬁ- culties of not having a mother during high school. I continued to mentor her son, and we spent many days together talking about his future and his mom. One day he called me and told me that he wanted to play professional sports; this particular call was more life changing than I realized. I began to build his conﬁdence and faith to believe in himself and to believe that he did not have to be a statistic. With or without his mother, he had great- ness in him. He responded with a statement that I will always remember: “Ms. Miranda, can you pray with me? I believe if you say I can do it, it will happen.”
This one statement empowered me in such a way that it transformed him and me. I saw the power of mentorship and that all a young person needs is one person to believe in them to make a difference. One year later Orin called to say, “You will never guess what I got.” “What?” I questioned. He replied, “I have a scholarship to a college in Arkansas.”
As he continued on to college, he received an opportunity to train as a pro- fessional boxer. The last time I saw him we both were visiting a mutual church. He had purchased his ﬁrst house, and his mom was no longer in prison. To this day, Beverly is not aware of the impact she had on my life and the mentoring centers and classes that were birthed because of her and her children’s inﬂuence on my life. I may have served as an angel to them, but in actuality, they were angels to me. I was just coming out of an abusive marriage when I met them, and helping her son saved me at the time. I never saw Beverly again.
Today, the “How to Love an Abused Woman” one-on-one mentoring ses- sions have evolved into mentoring centers and classes, seminars, and the book is in the plan. We envision a Healing Center tri-complex, where there would be a three-day in-patient care program for abused women and teen girls, full-time staff, caring and sensitive ministers, support groups, art ther- apy, and other vocational tools that bring about freedom from emotional trauma, addictions, depression, suicidal thoughts, and all the torments of the mind.
The Healing Center will be a healing place for abused women and teen girls. We are currently considering various locations in Louisiana.
Would you consider helping to bring this dream to reality? Let’s build the the Healing Center and bring restoration to those that so desperately need it. Please consider making a land and/or monetary donation today.
Woman2Woman is an organization of seven phenomenal women with life-changing testimonies, which have encouraged many abused women. Woman2Woman brings healing to families of abused women with scars and assists them in their recovery process from trauma and shame.
Our one-day seminars are open to women, men and teens. The “How to Love An Abused Woman” seminar presents instructional training on how to overcome emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and brings healing to relationships and restores families.
Participants experience Bishop Reed,
“The Christian Comedian,” and wisdom to begin again.
This event includes a free continental breakfast for early arrivals, compliments of our community sponsors and Women of Wise Counsel.
How To Love An Abused Woman Seminars
Speaker: Miranda Higgins McGhee
1-888-598-1116 Ext. 2
All seminar provide a complimentary continental breakfast for early arrivals.