Monday, February 2, 2009

Graduate Impacts Lives through Teen Challenge


Rebecca came to Mercy Ministries in 2003 with an unplanned pregnancy. She has walked a long, hard road, but now she is experiencing true freedom and giving back to other young adults that are struggling with life-controlling issues. Last week, Rebecca came by Mercy Ministries in Nashville to visit Nancy Alcorn and some of the staff. We wanted to share Rebecca's testimony and update with you:

Rebecca with Nancy Alcorn on her recent visit to Mercy in Nashville
Rebecca with Nancy Alcorn on her
recent visit to Mercy in Nashville
Before Mercy, my life was consumed with drugs and destruction. I always felt insecure around my peers, so I starting using drugs in an effort to fit in. When I was fifteen, I stated experimenting with marijuana, and by the time I was seventeen, I was hooked on crack cocaine. I started selling my body and stealing to support my habit, and I quickly lost everything in my life. I was in and out of jail for years. After years of this destructive behavior, I became pregnant. Mercy was my last option and my last hope that I could save myself and my baby.

While I was at Mercy, I was able to see God's grace on my life. He helped me learn healthy ways to cope with everyday problems and I learned to put Him first. He freed me from my addictions, and I learned what it means to have a real and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I stayed at Mercy for 8 months and then I graduated from the program. One month later, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Nathan Alexander.

Now Nathan is six years old, and I am working at Teen Challenge in Birmingham, AL. Teen Challenge is a one-year Christian discipleship program for men and women who are struggling with life-controlling issues. There are over 170 Teen Challenge centers in the United States. The program is designed to help men and women learn how to live drug-free lives. At Teen Challenge, we challenge the residents to embrace the Christian faith and when they do, their lives are transformed and they find true meaning and purpose in their lives.

Rebecca with Nancy Alcorn on her recent visit to Mercy in Nashville
Rebecca next to a picture of her son in the Nashville home.
We have a baby “wall of fame” in our Nashville home to honor all of the babies born to Mercy girls and to
celebrate all the lives saved.
At Teen Challenge, I am a live-in intern and staff member. I have always had a heart for young women who are struggling with life-controlling issues because I know what it is like to be in their situation. I was pulled from the depths of despair by the loving hands of the staff at Mercy Ministries, and now I feel like God is using me to touch the lives of others through Teen Challenge. I am in charge of helping the women at night and on weekends, and God uses me to provide counseling and wisdom to these ladies. I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to give back.

- Psalm 118:17 NLT “I will not die, but live to tell what the Lord has done.”

Rebecca, we are so proud of you for giving your life to helping others find the same freedom you have experienced through Christ. Keep up the great work!!

For more information about Teen Challenge nationwide, visit their website at www.teenchallengeusa.com.