Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Three Graduates Return to Nashville for the Fourth of July Weekend

Tamara, Megan and Jen graduated from our Nashville home in January of this year. Each of these three beautiful young ladies has been enjoying life after Mercy and has courageously chosen to walk out her freedom from the past by continuing to prioritize time with God and with others who can hold them accountable. Tamara, Megan and Jen have also pursued jobs, school, volunteering and personal hobbies. This past Fourth of July weekend, these three ladies took their own time to visit the Nashville home. They spent Friday evening sharing their stories and encouraging the current residents about walking out their freedom after they leave the program. They also enjoyed reconnecting with the staff.

(Pictured L to R) Jen, Megan and Tamara

Megan said, “I had such a tremendous time sharing with the Mercy girls. They seemed so hungry for hope. I had some sweet talks with a couple of the girls after we shared out testimonies. It was so encouraging for me to go back through the past 6 months to see what God has done since Mercy. It truly gets better and better. I had been so afraid that I would continue in my pattern of leaving treatment and falling flat again, not to get back up. This time it has been different, because I have seen the Lord at work behind the choices that I make and working through them. He has called me to surrender and obedience, and there is nothing I desire more than to know Him better. It was neat to offer hope and a picture of continued freedom and joy. Being back at Mercy holds me accountable and hopefully encourages others. ‘"Freely you have received, freely give."’ I do not have money, but I have my talents, time, and testimony to give back. Let me know how I can serve. Thank you, Nancy Alcorn and Mercy staff, for giving to the Lord. I am a life that was changed.”

Thank you, Tamara, Megan and Jen, for coming back to encourage the current residents. The girls enjoyed the time you all spent with them and we are proud of each one of you for choosing life.