Wheels Of Grace Magazine

Volume 8, Issue 4

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is is a story about an overcomer, a champion and a believer that through challenges has maintained a Christ filled loving heart. At the tender age of three Sarah went through her 1st divorce. I remarried and about seven years into the marriage my wife decided to sow her oats. She disconnected from the church where we both served in the children's ministry. She then started to party. I sought Biblical counseling and put together a team to support me to rebuild our marriage. But, she wanted nothing to do with that. We divorced aer 10 years of marriage. During the 10th year Sarah's mom passed away. It was New Year's Day 2010. Sarah stayed over a friend's house. I was late picking her up and decided to stop by my brother's house in Redlands, CA since Sarah and her mom were living in Palm Desert, CA two hours away. On the way over, I got a phone call from her neighbor. "Sarah's mom is dead," he said. "Do not let her go into the house!" Sarah had about 10 weeks le in the 8th grade and was also performing in a play at the Date Festival. I decided to let her stay at a friend's house to at least finish the school year out: what was I thinking? e challenges began. Sarah is strong willed but, kind. So kind that she signed over her Mom's car to these people. I drove out there three to four times a week to see her and take her to practice at the Date Festival while keeping the communication going with the school and her residence. ey said that Sarah was being disruptive and disrespectful and then it got worse. Six weeks before her 8th grade graduation she informed me that she was not liking it at her friend's while her friend called me and said "we can't take it anymore" and wanted Sarah out of their house. SERVING THE OVERCOMER By Chris Perez Since I was going through a divorce, I was staying with friends. ey welcomed Sarah into their home too. We scrambled to get Sarah into Kramer Middle School. We did and her magnetic personality quickly adapted and graduated with honors. I remember, Sarah found out the last day of the last week about the Cheerleading tryouts. She learned the routine in one hour. As a freshman she also made the JV squad and the Varsity competition team. She made home Varsity games as the best tumbler. at was a great year for Sarah and the boost she needed aer all she had been through. Interestingly, she also inherited her mom's Harley- Davidson motorcycle. I started teaching her to ride her mom's motorcycle in the driveway with cones. For hours and hours we worked on the basic riding skills. en we moved to a school up the street to practice some more; and Sarah learned, really fast! I then bought a bike, I had to! We rode around town together even before she got her permit. When she got her motorcycle permit and I escorted her to school. She was now an official biker chick. In 2011 with a learner's permit my brother and I rode to the Hollister Rally. We also moved out of my friends' house and got into a two-bedroom condo in Placentia, CA. We have had our share of challenges but through God's Grace we have overcome them. Sarah wanted to move out prior to turning 18 years and she did. In May of 2014 Sarah was in a serious motorcycle accident and almost lost her leg; she had a severe compound fracture, which required three surgeries removing muscle from her back, and a skin graph from her thigh leaving her with a rod and plates. at accident tested both our faith and love for each other… Sarah Perez's Testimony 16 WheelsOfGrace.com Aug/Sept 2016

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