Salena was born overseas in an impoverished nation.

Her earliest memories are of being passed from one place to another, stranger to stranger, misused and abused in ways we cannot even speak of.

After being abandoned, she was adopted by an American family and brought to the states.

Eating, sleeping, playing, being safe—these are things children should take for granted. But Salena had no such luxury. Everything was a potential danger for her. She could not sleep or eat.

Fearful of the things that could happen in the night, she would stay awake until daylight and be unable to function during the daylight hours.

Fearful of food scarcity, she would hoard food and stuff her little belly to the point of being sick.

Things we take for granted—like toilet training, bathing, fingernail hygiene—were foreign to her.

She couldn’t understand why biting her toenails was frowned upon, and eyed nail clippers as potential weapons to be used against her.

Everything was scary to little Salena. So scary, that when she broke a tooth from grinding her teeth, instead of asking for help, she tried to dig it out herself. The terrible pain she was in was less painful than what she feared might be done to her.

I’ll continue with Salena’s story later, but let me tell you up front why I’m writing this urgent letter to you.

We began our Christmas in July campaign many years ago out of the desperate need for funding during the summer months, when our financial support is at its lowest. However, as I’m sure you are aware, caring for our children at the Mansion is a year-round mission.

As you now continue reading about Salena, would you prayerfully consider helping us with a special one-time Christmas in July gift to the Mansion?

The family who adopted Salena decided to send her to another adoptive home. The second family sent her back, and that is when she came to TCM.

Abandoned and rejected three times, Salena was convinced that she was unlovable.

When she would introduce herself to others, she would say, “Hi, my name is Salena, and I’m hard to love.”

It took a year for Salena to begin to see TCM as a safe place. She had never been loved the way we loved her, and she had never been able to let down her guard.

I am happy to share with you that Salena has been with us three years now, and the change is nothing less than miraculous.

The child who could barely hold a pencil, now writes letters to her sponsors. The child who could not bear to be touched, rushes to give hugs.

Healing takes time, and little Salena is receiving mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual healing at TCM.

God is working in this precious child’s life, and you can be a part of that healing work.

TCM was a bridge between the horror story of her past and the beautiful potential of her future!

Our Mansion theme this year is “LOVE WORKS!”

Love works every day through the hands of our amazing staff who care for the children.

Love works through our sponsors who give faithfully and allow us to continue the work that God is doing in the lives of these precious children.

And, most importantly, we believe that love works through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our work with these precious children—which is really His work through our hearts and hands—is only possible because of you and the help and support that you give the Mansion.

When this story was first shared with me, I couldn’t help but wonder how many more Salenas there are out there who desperately need to come under our care at the Mansion.

Loving and giving is what the true spirit of Christmas is all about, and it’s not just something that we celebrate once a year in December, but throughout the entire year, even in July.

Please don’t wait. Your help is urgently needed now!

Whatever you can give will be appreciated very much and will help to defray the summertime expenses of caring for our children at TCM.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing with us in this, the Lord’s work!

Sincerely on behalf of the children,

Stephen Judd
President and CEO

NOTE: Salena is not the girl’s real name, nor is she pictured.

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