Parker's Story

My name is Parker. I’m 16 years old, and I’m in grade 11. I live with my grandma on an acreage in a small town in Alberta. My life has been a roller coaster of tragedy, pain, and heartache.

My father left my mom when she was one month pregnant with me, so I never got the chance to meet him. I was born 5 weeks premature with under-developed lungs. No matter how hard the doctors tried, they could not get me to cry properly; I just squeaked like a mouse.

At first it was just my mom, my grandma, my aunts, and I. But then my mom got married, and I soon became an older brother. I now have three younger half brothers.

By the time I was 4, my grandma noticed bruises on my arms that looked a lot like hand prints. I was being verbally, mentally, and physically abused by my stepdad. Eventually, my mom kicked him out. But when he visited, he started abusing my mom, and he abused me even more.

The abuse went on for 9 years before my grandma was finally allowed to get me out, probably saving my life.

In 2013, my grandma became my legal guardian. It was such a relief to be in a loving,caring Christian home. I became a Christian about six months later and was baptized. I still had a long road of counselling and hospital visits for my mind and my heart. To this day, I still have trouble when something reminds me of my past.

Since becoming a Christian, I have been somewhat devoted to God and His will. My flaws are lying, lack of self-discipline and motivation, and stress-eating, which is why I came to Rock Solid Refuge.

I can already see the change God has made and continues to make in me. My mentor has been a big help, getting me settled in and making me feel like I’m somewhat at home.

After graduation, I plan on doing something that involves farming or animals, law enforcement, or military.

A Bible verse that helps me is Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”