Born in Haiti, her parents decided that a better life waited for her in America. When she was 15 years old, they packed up her belongings and she had no choice but to move. Her parents had made arrangements for her to live with her brother and his young family.
She attended high school, and though she met a lot of new people, she failed to find friends. She got lost in a new culture and language. She remembers reading her Bible every night to combat loneliness: “I read it. But I wasn’t really getting what I needed.” She felt distant from her brother and had no one to talk to, no one to teach her about being a teenager.
After being in Colorado for over a year, Fedline was ecstatic to finally make friends at school. But her world became wrapped up in keeping these friends, and she often abandoned her beliefs to fit in: “I thought, ‘This Bible isn’t doing anything for me.’ I put it away. I put my faith in my friends,” says Fedline. Her brother noticed the changes in her lifestyle, and their relationship quickly worsened. “He wanted me out of the house. One day, I came home and the locks had been changed on the door,” says Fedline.
Shortly after, Fedline discovered she was two months pregnant. She had no money, no job and hadn’t even graduated from high school. She started staying with friends, moving from place to place: “I was homeless, but I never had to sleep on the streets. But when people found out I was pregnant, they weren’t as willing to help. It was only God. He worked everything out and found me places to stay.”
On a Saturday night in June, Fedline decided she was not going to have the baby. On Sunday she went to church and received prayer. On Monday she changed her mind: “I was terrified. I thought, ‘What is the next step? What is the plan here?’ I didn’t know the answer to those questions but I was going to keep my baby,” she says.
Fedline lived with a friend during and immediately following her pregnancy. She had no idea how to take care of or provide for her baby. Her French teacher had become a close friend and knew there was a place Fedline could live that would teach her everything she needed to know about being a mother: Champa House. She took her to Champa House for an interview and Fedline was accepted into the program. She moved in on June 6, 2011.
When Fedline speaks of her past, her eyes stay down, fixated on her fingers as she recalls some difficult memories. She says, “I guess I was just surviving.” But when she speaks of moving into Champa House, her eyes lift and greet the room. She says: “When I came here, somehow, God changed me inside out. I started to pray that He would point me away from the darkness and into the light. Before Champa, I was powerless. Now I feel powerful. I don't put my faith in other people; I put my faith in God.”
Fedline has completed classes, become a Dental Assistant and started a job at a local dentist's office. She is even learning how to drive. She has successfully completed three of the five phases in Champa House’s program and hopes to graduate by June.
Fedline speaks boldly about plans to go back to Haiti and help her country one day. She talks about going back to school to study medicine. But more than anything, she wants to be a good mother and follow the Lord’s plan for her life: “My daughter comes first. I’m waiting on God to tell me what to do.”
“Champa House was the first place I learned that I needed a personal relationship with God. That will always stay with me,” she says.
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