Fighting to raise my granddaughters

September 07, 2017

Dear Pastor,

I am writing this letter seeking help for my granddaughter who has a disability. She is unable to speak, and she was also born deaf.

It is very challenging to take care of her because she is not the only one. I am taking care of two of my grandchildren, so it is very hard on me.

She has not been in school since February. It really hurts to see her at home.

My daughter, her mother, is a bartender. She works on and off most times. She doesn't enjoy doing this job because she was abused.

She was leaving work one night and was held up by rapists and got raped and ended up getting pregnant. We don't believe in abortion so she had to carry the child.

I took the responsibility of the baby and registered her in my surname. I would really appreciate if anyone reading this letter would find a place in their heart to bless this little girl.

It is indeed a challenge, but as a grandmother, I am determined to see her make it through life. I will try my best to do whatever I can to make it possible.

I am unable to work as I would like because I have to stay home and take care of her. I still try to do two day's work close by just to help out the situation, but that is not enough.

I would love to send them to church, but they don't have church clothes. I grew up in church and I would like for them to grow up in the fear of the Lord.

The other sister is better off as it relates to school because the school she attends is close to home, so she walks. Sometimes I don't have lunch money to give her but the PATH programme helps.

I am unable to work now because my eyes are getting bad. I can hardly see, and that is the main reason why I am seeking help. I am 55 years old.

My granddaughters are seven and 11 years old. I am worried about both of them. I know that God will see us through. I love my granddaughters dearly.

O.B.

Dear O.B.,

I regret hearing that your daughter was raped.

You are a wonderful grandmother and you have taken on the awesome responsibility to care for your two granddaughters. Your granddaughter who is deaf and dumb can be taught to function as she grows up.

After receiving your letter, I tried to call Danny Williams School for the Deaf. But, unfortunately, I was not able to communicate to them by phone. I suggest, therefore, that you write to them.

The address is: Hope Estate, Papine, Kingston 6, St Andrew, Jamaica. I am sure that if you were to send a letter to them and explain the situation, they would advise you appropriately.

Concerning your daughter who was raped, please suggest to her that she should make an appointment to see a family counsellor. I will be praying for your family, and may God bless you.

Pastor

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