Shelli Wilburn was only nine years old when she arrived at Miracle Hill Children’s Home. She was born to teenage parents who were both unprepared for parenthood. Shelli shares, “My father was an alcoholic all his life and died when he was only 46 years old.” Had she stayed with her parents, Shelli most likely would have grown up to lead a similar lifestyle.
Instead, during the next seven years of her life, Shelli lived in the Children’s Home where she formed enduring friendships and learned many important life lessons. “First and foremost, I was introduced to Christ when I was fifteen,” she remembers, “I also learned that I didn’t have to live like my parents did. I realized there are other ways to live life, for example, having better relationships.”
When she was seventeen, Shelli was placed in a foster home with parents who loved and cared for her as one of their own. With her foster family’s support, she attended Bob Jones University and received a degree in office administration. Not long after graduating, Shelli married.
Today, Shelli is a supportive wife, as well as a stay-at-home mother to three little boys. “If it hadn’t been for Miracle Hill, I would not be where I am today. If I had stayed with my parents, I probably would have gotten pregnant early and wouldn’t have known how to appropriately deal with my boys. I want to be the mom I never had, and I feel like I can, because the staff at Miracle Hill taught me that my boys never have to go through what I went through.”
Shelli recently completed six years of service on the Board of Directors and was the first former client of Miracle Hill to hold such a position. She states, “I decided to sit on the board not because of what I have done, but because I truly believe in what Miracle Hill stands for and because I know how they helped me.” Since faithfully serving on the board, Shelli now volunteers as an assistant in her eldest son’s elementary class and still finds ways to be involved in the ministry of Miracle Hill.
“The reason I am where I am today is because of Christ, Miracle Hill Ministries and the staff. Without them all, I would be nothing.”