Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Former Mercy Resident in Indonesia for Missions

We just received such an encouraging and inspiring email from Krista, a 2007 graduate, writing to us at the close of her mission’s trip to Indonesia, and we wanted to share it with you. Your support makes it possible for girls to graduate the Mercy program and go on to make a lasting impact on their families, communities, and even the nations.


Here is what Krista had to say:


Greetings from Indonesia!

I can't believe it has been a year since I graduated Mercy...I remember sitting at my graduation wondering, with excitement, where God would bring my in a year. I can't think of a better place to celebrate my one year anniversary, and today I am reflecting on the ways God has moved in me, through me, and all around me in the last 2 weeks in Indonesia. This trip was truly amazing and has to rank as the best two weeks of my life! Thank you so much for financially supporting me on this trip.


During my time in Indonesia, we partnered with Compassion International. In the morning and early afternoon we helped the local church build a classroom and playground. We painted, poured concrete, and moved lots of rocks! It was so rewarding to know that I was helping to equip the local church so they could better reach their community for Christ.

After we did our construction work we hung out and built relationships with the locals. I learned so much from them. They physically had nothing, but in Christ had everything. They lived a life free from materialism, comparison, and selfishness. It was evident by their actions that they did not place value on what they had, how they looked, how they compared to others, or their accomplishments. Their focus was on relationships and what they could share together. They had a love for me because I was their sister in Christ, not because of anything I had or did. This attitude was contagious and it renewed me, putting back into perspective what is important in life and allowing me to lose all sense of selfishness. Though them, I felt in a real and tangible way, the love God has for me. It ministered to my heart how God works and the way He used my team to bless the community and the community to bless me and the team.


On this trip, I truly came to life. God restored me during my time at Mercy and through the last year, continued to grow me, bless me, and build a life for me. But on this trip, God brought new levels of healing and freedom. One area that I was struggling with after leaving Mercy was believing the lie that I had nothing to bring to relationships and consequently had a difficult time opening up to others and letting my God–given personality shine though. On this trip, God tour down those walls. Through the attitude of the locals, I was able to see how God created each of us differently and that we are called to celebrate that diversity. In playing games with the teenagers, doing the little girls hair, or leading the kids in songs I was able to let down all my guards and truly be myself. This carried over to my relationships with my team members and as a result I connected with two girls I ways I had only dreamed of. I now have two best friends!

Another highlight of the trip was I had the opportunity to meet the Compassion child I sponsor. I got to spend the whole day with him, taking him on his first ever trip to the mall, arcade, ride on an escalator and lunch at McDonalds. It was one of the most rewarding moments for me to watch a very shy 6 year old come to life and enjoy a day of new experiences. I was given the opportunity to build a relationship with him that I can continue for years to come.


Two years ago, if someone would have told me I would be on a mission trip in Indonesia I would have laughed. My heart would have wanted to go, but I was too enslaved to anorexia and cutting to think of anything but myself and how I was going to feed my addictions. Mercy gave me a second chance at life and because of my time there, I am getting to live out my dreams today, one of which was participating in a mission trip. Thank you for Mercy and all the ways you continue to pour into my life.

--Krista

Krista, we are so proud of you for continuing to let God work in and through you. Nothing speaks louder than a changed life. A special thanks to all our supporters who make it possible for girls to come to Mercy and get the help they need, and in turn go on to help others. Your support is truly a gift that keeps on giving!