Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Branch Family Church Volunteers at Mercy Ministries

Senior Pastor Derek Turner and his wife Sarah, founders of The Branch Family Church in Charlotte, NC, have been long-time friends of Nancy Alcorn and faithful monthly supporters of Mercy Ministries for many years both personally and through their church. Pastor Derek and Sarah share a desire to live out God’s plan for their lives by making a tangible difference in the lives of others. Recently, The Branch Family Church donated 8 acres of property to provide Mercy Ministries with the land for our future home in Charlotte, NC. Not only has this couple and their congregation given abundantly, but they serve endlessly.

This past week, The Branch Family Church made their 3rd annual trip to volunteer at Mercy Ministries. This year, a group of 15 ladies came to volunteer an entire week of their time at the Nashville home. This amazing group of women offered a helping hand with any task from corporate paperwork to domestic organization. Our staff was so thankful for the practical help and our residents thoroughly enjoyed their company as well as the gift baskets that they received from the ladies.

We are so grateful to Derek and Sarah Turner and The Branch Family Church for their willingness to serve. We are looking forward to their next visit!

Here is what some of the volunteers had to say about their time at the Nashville home.

Tami said, “I am absolutely amazed at the handy work of God and the vision that God has given Nancy for Mercy Ministries. It is a ministry of excellence – down to the finest details. To see the transformation in the girls of Mercy, some in just a very short time, is almost more than words can convey. Mercy is the lifeline for those who would otherwise remain hopeless. Thank you to all who make it possible.”

Kara said, “It is always a joy to serve at Mercy. The love and grace of God is so evident in everything that is done. The staff and the girls are so amazing! We always leave feeling as though we received more than we gave.”

Volunteers from The Branch Family Church
pictured with our 40 Nashville Residents