Tanya became a Pearl on May 3, 2021. She was born in Allegan, MI, and was raised by her father, now deceased, and mother. She is next to the youngest of four children and has three brothers. When Tanya was five, she moved to Orlando, FL, then moved back to Michigan at the age of 16. Her father went to prison and was absent during most of her teenage years. She didn’t grow up in a church and had no relationship with God.
Tanya became pregnant when she was 16; by 18 years of age she had turned to heavy drinking. She met her life partner, Daryl at age 20 and had a second child at age 23. Together they raised two children in Glendale before moving to Allegan in 2001. Daryl passed away suddenly in 2011; her addiction progressed to harder drugs to numb the pain of his death.
In 2013 Tanya went to drug rehab for the first time, going to ten different treatment centers attempting to get clean. She was first interviewed and accepted in the Wings of God program in 2016. However, on the day she was supposed to arrive at the WOG Transition Home, she overdosed and continued using drugs until 2021. Tanya went to jail a few times, never dealing with the loss of Daryl. She says, “I thank God every day because I never really got into big trouble or died while I was using.”
Upon walking through the doors at the Wings of God, the weight of the world fell off me. I was happy and sad all at the same time. Since coming to the program, I am finding out who I am and I am going in the right direction by trusting God.
In April of 2021, Tanya once again decided to try rehab to get clean. She had lost everything, was sick and tired, and wanted her life back. She started reading the Bible two weeks after arriving at the treatment center. “I surrendered to God and was prompted to reapply to the Wings of God program,” Tanya shared. “Upon walking through the doors at the Wings of God, the weight of the world fell off me. I was happy and sad all at the same time. Since coming to the program, I am finding out who I am and I am going in the right direction by trusting God. I am learning about God and the Bible and I am happy. I receive love and guidance and I have five months clean,” she says, “I was never able to be clean being out in the world. The best thing is having staff to help me and not judge me and is there for me.”
Tanya currently attends Truth Church in Paw Paw and was baptized on May 16, 2021
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