Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mercy Ministries Close Friend and Supporter Kyle McCarter Appointed to Illinois State Senate

Kyle McCarterWe want to congratulate Mercy friend and supporter, Kyle McCarter for his recent appointment as Illinois State Senator! Kyle McCarter and his wife Victoria live in Lebanon, IL, where they own and manage Custom Product Innovations and Custom Coating Innovations. Prior to being appointed as State Senator, Kyle served on the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for six years, including two years as President and four years as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee from 2004-2008. Kyle graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1984 with a degree in accounting. Kyle and Victoria also have a huge heart for ministry.

The McCarter’s have two sons (pictured right) of their own and an abundance of spiritual daughters at Mercy Ministries. The McCarter’s know all to well the issues young girls face as their daughter, Amber, died tragically in 2006 from an accidental drug overdose at the age of 21. Mercy Ministries has over 700 girls currently in the application process, and the McCarters have taken a stand and agreed to do their part in making sure young women get the help they need before it’s too late. Victoria said, “Kyle and I do not want to see any other girl who is hurting and in need of help not have a place to go to.”

Kyle and Victoria McCarter
at the St. Louis Run for Mercy in 2007

Over the past few years, Kyle and Victoria have taken on the role of ‘mom and dad’ to the residents in our St. Louis home. Not only has this couple spent a lot of time in the home encouraging the girls, but they have also been faithful advocates and financial supporters of Mercy Ministries. Mercy Ministries hosts annual marathons as one of our many fundraising efforts. In September of 2008 and again this April, Victoria participated in our St. Louis Run for Mercy as event chairman and participating runner. Victoria said, “This is my sixth half-marathon I’m running to raise support for Mercy Ministries, and I will continue to run as long as there are girls who are hurting.”

Congratulations, Kyle McCarter, on your recent promotion as Illinois State Senator. We are excited to see what this new chapter holds for you. Thank you to the entire McCarter family for pouring into the lives of our residents. We are so grateful for your faithful friendship and support and we are honored to have you as members of our Mercy family.

To read more about Kyle’s appointment to the Illinois Senate, check out http://www.herald-review.com/articles/2009/02/23/news/local/1039344.txt.

The McCarter family at the Mercy Ministries
25th Anniversary concert