One of eight siblings, Cristina’s brothers and sisters all suffer from mental illness or have committed felonies themselves. Her father and her brother are in prison for manslaughter. Cristina is desperate to escape her past and provide a better future for her family.
“They miss her so much,” said Aglaia, the boys’ grandmother. With help from Mission Without Borders (MWB), she has brought the boys to visit Cristina.
They are enveloped in a huge hug by their mother and their faces shine as she looks at them with love, talks to them and hugs them again. Her eyes fill with tears as the time comes for them to leave.
“I want to get away from my old life,” Cristina said. “I know God helped me through all this. I know he is close to those who call on his name.”
She has attended weekly counselling sessions run by our partner organisation. “I feel encouraged whenever we sing and pray, and I feel God’s presence there. It’s as if he wants to talk to me.”
In one of the darkest and most hopeless places in Romania, MWB’s Prison Ministry shines a light. By facilitating family visits and providing emotional and spiritual support, we demonstrate Christ’s love to women prisoners, showing them a new path that leads to life and hope for the future.