Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mercy Graduate Volunteers Her Summer at Mercy Ministries!!

Kate graduated from the Mercy program in 2007. She came to Mercy Ministries struggling with an eating disorder, self-harm, depression and rejection issues. For the past year and a half, Kate has been on an amazing journey of continued restoration and truly living out the freedom she gained while in the program.

After Kate graduated from Mercy Ministries, she went home to Kennesaw, GA to attend Kennesaw State University as a full-time student and also to pursue coaching volleyball with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Recently, Kate stepped down from her coaching position to focus on her academics.

With summer on the way and more time on her hands, Kate contacted Mercy Ministries with a desire to volunteer five weeks of her summer to give of her time and talents to help the Mercy staff with whatever was needed! Of course we were excited to have her! Kate helped serve in our corporate office building in Nashville helping our marketing and development team and she also spent some time volunteering in our Transitional Care Department encouraging graduates like herself. She also worked with our graphic artist and was able to both contribute in an area where she is gifted and also learn more about an area of interest to her. On top of that, she taught a photography class to our current Nashville residents.

Kate said, “I was blessed to be able to return to Mercy as a volunteer and to give back for all that I was given while I was a resident. I would not be here if it wasn’t for what the Lord did and has continued to do in my life through Mercy Ministries. I thoroughly enjoyed working and learning more about the business aspect of the ministry. I am learning that, as Christians, we serve and love others as we are loved by God; our service and love towards others is an outpouring of the love we receive from the Lord.”

We are so grateful for Kate’s time with us! Thank you, Kate, for all of your diligent work and willingness to give back!! Check out these pictures from Kate’s time volunteering at Mercy…

Kate pictured with Jude

Mercy Ministries graphic artist, Julie pictured with Kate

Kate pictured with Ashleigh and Amber of the Transitional Care department