It was business as usual when Diana went to work one day at the Vons deli. “I was doing lots of lifting and all of a sudden I couldn't breathe,” she says. “I was hospitalized for eleven days, on oxygen, diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).”
Diana couldn’t return to work and, before long, had gone through all her savings. Then, she was evicted. However, a friend of hers knew the Supervisor of our Women’s New Life Program. “She called the Mission and the next day we were on our way here,” Diana says. “God is good. He takes care of us.”
Since entering the program, Diana’s faith has grown even stronger through daily devotions and Bible studies. “I've learned more about the Bible in the six months I've been here than I knew for 35 years of being a Christian,” she says.
Diana has also undergone physical transformation by training with Up And Running Again, an organization that partners with the Mission to train our clients. “You walk five minutes, run five minutes and build up to 13.1 miles. I completed that… with COPD!” she says. “When I got here, I couldn’t walk down the street without my whole body aching for lack of oxygen. Now to be able to jog is amazing. God breathes every breath for me.”
Diana plans to complete the New Life Program and go back to work. “I don't know what my capabilities are with COPD, but here, I have the freedom to learn,” she says. “I know God will give me something.”
Diana is a widow with no children, but the other women in the program have become like family. “When one person hurts, another person hurts. When somebody gets an apartment or a job, we’re happy for her,” she says. “God is working through the people here and lives are being changed.”
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