Hello My name is Janine VanDenBerg I am a full blooded American Indian, Tsimshian tribe! I am currently living in Roanoke, Virginia. I am a former alcoholic, crack addict, drug dealer and prostitute for 18 years!
I was adopted by a dutch family at 8 months old.My trauma began at an early age. From what my father says when I was adopted I was very scared of all men. I was unable to be left alone around men and nobody knew why. But I was also traumatized by being taken from my Native American Heritage and brought up in Holland, MI. Around some very racist Dutch people. I was raised in Holland, Michigan. I attended “Holland Christian Schools.” I was fondled by a person near to me while I had a hairline fracture in my ankle and was not able to tell anyone. I became ward of the state at the age of 12; because my adopted parents could not handle me. My father was a pastor and professor of theology at Hope College in Holland, MI. I was in and out of foster homes all my life; The best Foster home was with Mr and Mrs Gary Peters. God bless Mr Gary Peters soul and Praise God I am still in contact with Mrs Edith Peters. I have Bi polar, severe depression, avoid-ant personality disorder, severe panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and seasonal affective disorder. God has been working through all of it with me! I have received disability ; it allows me to get the therapy I need!I have recently been very closely involved with Trauma Group therapy.It was NOT simple at first I started the very first class twice but my mind was not ready to process it. The last time I did start I finished it the name of the book we used was ” Healing the Trauma of abuse.” By Copeland Harris and then I did the Trauma Parenting Group and graduated from that; also am now waiting for the Last Trauma group to start. Praise God! I just love what God has me doing because I know I survived it all to lend a hand to those that need it! Praise God! I have been in several different domestic violence relationships. I wound up in Orlando married and with a down syndrome child!He gave me a STD when I was pregnant! My husband left me, because he fathered an imperfect child! I then had to work the streets to survive. I had already been drinking , drugging and dealing! I was raped 3 times and two prosecutions and one got away because I did not want to go through it again! I lost a child from one of my bad relationships where he threw me down the steps and then set the house on fire!
I went to Warren Ohio because the father of my son Peter A. Fenner chose to be a drunk and beat me. One of his friends took me one night from Orlando, Florida because Peter had beat me up real bad the night before. This man took my son and I up to Warren, Ohio. He got a job and an apartment and put my son and I up. Then I got pregnant and one day while I was sitting at the house and Uriah was getting ready for work. The phone rang. I answered it and it was my son’s father. He talked and I was shaking very bad. Then he asked how I had the nerve to leave him and take his child from him. He then asked if he could come and visit. I did not know what to say. I was asking myself in my head “How on earth did you get my phone number, if he has my phone number than does he know where I am? Then I told myself no, He is in Florida” Well he asked if he could come and visit sometime and I said I would have to ask Uriah first. He then stated he was 5 minutes away. I froze. Uriah did not go to work and Peter came over. Uriah was a very kind hearted man and said we should allow him to stay at the apartment because he was Lil Petie’s father..But to make a story short he later threw me down a staircase and I had a miscarriage and then the next night He set the apartment on fire while Uriah, Petie and I were sleeping. We got out safe. He was put away. I later lost Uriah and I was on my own found a job working for an elderly man watching over him in his house and Petie and I lived there. Then one night someone came in and shoot up the mans house and I grabbed Petie and ran up to the attic and cover him up with my body so he would not be hurt. The next day I went to Child Protective services and asked if they could temporarily hold him until I found another job. They said “Yes” I said I would get him back. But in the mean time they found his father and his father signed the adoption papers and when I went to visit Petie next they told me they needed me to sign them also. I said “NO” but when we went to court I had a nervous breakdown and all my parental rights I lost. Peter A. Fenner was adopted out and his name is now Nick Huncherick.
I met a man who was a marine in Warren , Ohio. He wound up on crack and would come wanting money and if I did not have it, he would take me and throw me on the floor face down; pull both of my arms back and get them to go out of joint and then beat me! I had 187 stitches put in the top of my head ; where he broke 3 full fifths of Wild Irish rose on the top of my head.He then stabbed me in the right hand , cut my left forearm wide open; when I tried to leave; because I was bleeding real bad ,he took a baseball bat to my shins and kept beating me trying to break my legs, so I could not go to the hospital! I then died on the front lawn; from what the officer and neighbors said. When the officer told him he was going to jail for murder, he jumped on top of me and revived me! I finally got away from him by going to a woman’s domestic violence shelter in Ohio and I went back to Florida. Where he proceeded to find me and put 18 stitches on my left temple! Then I met another man that did the same as he did! I had two children by him and he made me work the streets to pay rent , get diapers, pay for his crack and prostitutes! I lost my children here when My son died of sudden infant death syndrome and I had a nervous breakdown and went to Florida and did not know it ! I not only lost Cory, but they would not give me my girls back!I have been going through an awful lot of counseling and I go to Trauma group and am working out all my Traumas! I actually was able to cry and mourn my sons death for the first time in 2009 since his death in Feb. 1996! Praise God! I have also in 2010 learned how to deal with the death of my mother and my sister. My mother died June 25, 1986 and my sister died Sept. 6, 2003.
I am not cold any more, I am a person with feelings! I have learned how to not dissociate when things get difficult. I have also learned how to feel and cry and all that other stuff. Due to the work of the Trauma Groups.
When I was 38 years old I was sitting watching my boyfriend smoke crack and drink with his friends off of the money that I had to make on the streets! This went on for a week.I would have to go out and make money so they could continue to party! Well; usually I was right along with them, but that week I chose not to participate in the party! On Saturday there was a knock at the door; it was two women! I saw that they were neatly dressed and I flew out the door! They were somebody sober to talk too; finally! They were going around neighborhoods that they knew; the older lady at one time lived on that street! Praise God! They were looking for people to attend a program at there church for new Christians! Like I said I was happy to speak to sober women and found out that the one younger lady had gone to Calvin College in Michigan! That was the rival college that I had done one semester at! God is so awesome! Praise God! Sgt. Brent Asbury from Roanoke City police Department; was also someone that came to me about God! I was attending the Mormon church and he sat with me for 3 hours one Sunday and read the BIBLE! Praise God! I was currently attending a Mormon Church; because they were the only ones coming around to the doors and attempting to minister! I had no idea they were a cult! But I did not like how they would not answer my questions about the Bible! So praise God I started going to this program called “Alpha program! By Nicky Gumble! Totally awesome! I became a member of their church. We started an outreach that has now stopped; but it was to focus on homeless and prostitutes and addicts, ex-cons, cons, juvenile detention homes and lonely! We would go out and have picnics on the health departments lawn and socialize with these lost souls! I too as a new Christian used music to get their attention. The singer was Carman! As time went on it turned to Press Play” of the LA Dream Center! You have to make friends with them first and gain their trust before you talk to them about God! This went on for about 3 years! I wanted a very intimate relationship with God so I could pass on what those two blessed woman introduced me to! God’s Love!!!
I was a member of “Parkway Wesleyan Church.”I have gone with them twice to the Los Angeles Dream Center ; I especially recommend going out for the day with Chris VanWinkle of Under the bridges Ministry! With the guidance of God and help of Short Term missions trip to Los Angeles Dream Center; I am going into crack houses, bars,places where the prostitutes work, juvenile detention homes, prisons to use my past to reach people that most cannot. Yes,I also go to “Churches” :so that the congregations will get motivated and start doing God’s work out here! They are sometimes in their comfort zones and they are missing out on the most blessed part of being a Christian and that is winning souls to God!
I was also busy with the Manna Ministry program that feeds people 1 box of food a month and it is amazing because most that come there are the people I use to party with!
I was also getting involved with Let Go and let God ministries based in Salem Virginia!They have since quit? They were awesome couple! Christopher is an x meth dealer and Sharron (Sam) use to be in Witchcraft! They befriended drug dealers and wiccans and on their Saturdays take them out to a farm that Christopher’s dad owns in Trouteville and they’d go paint balling to break the ice! After wards they had a worship time and it is truly amazing! There is also a young lady from Penn. State that has contacted me via e-mail and she asks for Prayer because she believes she is demonic! God is so awesome!
I now consider myself; one of the wealthiest women in the world! I am able to wake up each morning and study and pray in freedom. I then can ask God to use me in what ever way he needs me! I am His tool! Then am able to go out in the world and plant seeds! What more can I ask for? God is so awesome! I AM so blessed and I AM forgiven of my past; so I can use it as a tool to reach out to others that most cannot reach!
I understand living on the streets! I have died 4 times in my life. 3 out of the 4 I was NOT saved , so God did not have to keep me here! Praise God! I would not trade my life for any amount of money! My spiritual freedom and relationship with God is so precious to me! You have a wonderful day and God bless! I have sites all over the internet! Google Janine VanDenBerg but watch out for the Doctor! LOL!God gets all the glory and I also learned that : Paul would not have been Paul had he NOT been SAUL first! God is so awesome! Praise God! Your sister in Christ! Janine Marie Palma VanDenberg
Thank you and God bless!WE MUST UNITE and become ONE in GOD! He needs the warriors! Praise God!
God now has me as a facilitator for “Celebrate Recovery” program! By John Baker and a forward from Rick Warren and in the Purpose Driven programs! It is the 12 steps , but explaining them using the beatitudes!
Praise God in April I had to have a full Hysterectomy because they found cancer cells, The doctor did not realize it was as severe as it was, When the pathology report came back I was 1 cell away from full blown cancer! Praise God for the power of prayer! I know God heard and answered the prayers Thank you everyone!
I am currently living at Melrose Towers and was on the Melrose Towers council. Where we are the voice of the people. I was the secretary for Melrose Towers council. I was also on the JRC Inc.: Joint resident Council for all the projects. I was the recording secretary for this. They were trying to get me a grant to learn how to make web sites! God is blessing me!
Praise God He blessed me with the apartment over at Melrose Towers and My condolences To the Blodgett Family. I use to reside at the home at 2034 Dansbury dr, NW Roanoke,VA. before I moved here.It was the home of Warren Roy Blodgett. On Wednesday August 26, police went to his home for a well being check because his family had not heard from him and he had been missing work. The police found Warren Blodgett 52 and another female dead in the house. They were badly decomposed that it took them a few days to know who they are. They still do not know who the woman is. This easily could have been me but God had me move a little over two years ago. Warren asked me to move back in 4 months ago because he wanted help evicting the current residents and I said I would have to pray on it and God said “NO!” I was once more spared because of following God.
I am now currently going through Trauma classes and being honest about all. I am learning so much about myself and I am actually getting to know the true me. 6 months ago I cried about the death of my Mother and sister for the first time. I am learning how to feel feelings and realized that I was “dissociating” through mt child hood and through the prostitution etc… I am learning how to be an adult and I was just allowed two months ago to be my own Payee, to you that may be a small thing but for an ex prostitute etc… it is huge to me. I am so thankful for the counseling I am still receiving but better yet the officers, judges, DA’s that stood by me through this learning how to be a up right and solid citizen. Thanks everyone
Update December 26, 2010. My son who was adopted out in Warren, Ohio found me. Praise God! Only through God can things such as this happen. His name is Nick Huncherick and he is 23 years old. Praise God for miracles. Love you Son.size
Praise God. JAnuary 16, 2012 I was blessed again by our merciful and awesome Father from above. My 18 year old daughter accepted my friendship long enough for her to ask some questions and listen to some of MY answers and not rumors she has been passed through the years from relatives. She had to remove me from her friends list due to her father’s Girlfriend to whom she refers to as “mom” It hurt at first but I have to accept the fact due to my “ONCE” illnesses I was not able to care for myself. She is still messaging me and I appreciate the love and forgiveness God has given her to just be able to be my friend. Thank you Father.
UPDATED FEB. 35, 2012
Praise God I have just found out that God is going to be using me for STREET MINISTRY beginning Tuesday February 28, 2012. The new Church I attend Unity Christian Inner-City Ministry on 828 Jamison Ave, SE Roanoke,VA 24013 has finally been the Church ready to start Street Ministry. I have been doing this myself. But praise God I have a supportive Church willing to learn about it and go out and start planting seeds in the downtrodden hearts and lost souls of the homeless, crack addicts, ex cons, domestic violence victims, and especially the trama victims that do not realize they actually are trauma victims such as the sexually molested, or sexually abused, mentally abused, physically abused,etc… which has led them to addictions. But praise God. I have been praying every since I went to the Dream Center on a couple of short-term missions trip that someone paid for with alot of Gods love in their hearts. But now I can teach others how to show Gods love and pass it on and all to glorify Gods name. Praise God. I am so excited.
Also at Unity Christian inner-city Ministry church I have started back with Celebrate recovery. Please anyone reading this be praying for a young man named Danien. He actually helped start this Celebrate recovery at the church because he was a Wiccan. He then was saved and brought his parents to the church and they now attend when ever the door are open. Sine this Damien has returned to the Wiccan ways. But God is making a warrior out of this boy right now. We are praying he will see the light soon and return to Church and relize he too can go out and be a major part of the street ministries because the Wiccan religion is becoming alot stronger. It is time to pray so we can have out warrior back and really fight the fight against the Wiccans and the devil and glorify God’s Name praise God. I will keep you updayed on this. But his parent s have remained faithful to God and have taken on the respondsibility of being the leaders of Celebrate recovery. Praise God..
Praise God. God has finally blessed me with a piece of Heaven on earth. By this I mean I am now at a Church that I have dreamed of since I attended my missions trips at the LA Dream Center. I am going to United Christian Inner-City Ministry on 828 Jamison Ave, S.E. Roanoke ,VA. I have help found a ministry called “under the Bridge” ministry. We on Tuesdays around 4 pm Go out into the City of Roanoke and find the homeless, downtrodden, addicts, and hopeless people and befriend them. We want to show them God’s love through all our actions. We pray with them and hand out Bibles and literature. Our dream is to soon open up house for some of these people that really want to get their lives together and serve the Lord. God has the ball rolling and we are just waiting on Him to give the go ahead. I am also heading up a new Recovery group which use to be the Celebrate recovery group but we have chosen to apply the entire Bible to our lives through studying of the Bible verses that God has given use to pick us up and heal us. Thank you Father for giving this church a very faithful and obedient shepherd. One who preaches strictly out of the Bible. Truth!!!!!!
I currently do not attend United Christian Inner-City Ministry any more this is why the site has changed. Please be praying that God will lead me to a wonderful and very strong church that chooses to follow the Bible totally, not just a little bit. God bless.
No longer attend United Christian Inner-City Ministries. My prayers go out to the members of that Church and pray they receive the correct teachings and have the discernment to go to the Bible and see if what is being preached goes with the Bible. These people need this Church because they need the food. But to be led down a path that they do not know it is not true is wrong. Please people pray for the Leaders of the church to where they may know and see the love of God and realize that we are suppose to show God’s love through all our actions! Not a pick and choose thing. Also that the leaders may let go of hatred and not constantly attempt to pull down those that use to attend the Church.