Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Worship Leader Kari Jobe Visits the St. Louis Home

On Thursday, St. Louis staff and residents were honored to get some girl time with song writer and international worship leader, Kari Jobe. Whenever Kari has an opportunity to visit the Mercy girls, she loves to get vulnerable and honest with them right from the start, sharing her own testimony of transformation and offering heartfelt advice. Kari’s visits always become a very personal and intimate time for the residents but are also a time to celebrate being a girl!

During her time with the girls, Kari wove songs together with her personal testimony and also prayed over the residents. Sharing a great story about how fun it is to be a girl, Kari described how she had just learned that you can use a hair straightener to actually curl your hair! She also shared stories of pain she had experienced in her own life and many of the residents related to her transformation with tears. At the end of her sharing time, Kari surprised the girls with the news that she and ZOE Ministries, a parachurch ministry to metro St. Louis youth, were giving all the girls and staff tickets to attend her worship event that night. They were ecstatic!

At West County Community Church that evening, the residents were greeted to a special reserved section of seats and were given another opportunity to worship God along with Kari. This was a passionate night of worship, and many people made commitments for Christ that night.

We were so excited to have Kari visit our St. Louis home and host the Mercy girls for another amazing night of worship. Here is what some the Mercy girls had to say in response to Kari’s time at Mercy Ministries:

Lindsay said, “Being able to be in the same room with one of my absolute favorite worship pastors ever almost made me speechless. Kari is real. She walks the walk and talks the talk! She is truly genuine and that is something you can’t help but notice as you see her heart and witness her love for the Lord.”

Mandie said, “Kari was absolutely amazing! Her music ministry, along with her testimony really touched my heart and I can’t wait until I can tell my testimony to hurting young women someday as well.”

Jenn said, “I came to Mercy a short time ago. I thought because I grew up in church that I was saved. Kari’s worship music truly opened up my heart to the Lord in a new way!”

Rachael said, “The presence of God as we worshipped was amazing. I began to cry as He reminded me of mountain and valley experiences and told me that He was there with me. I will forever remember this worship experience with Kari Jobe and I thank God for showing up like He did.”

To learn more about Kari Jobe’s music and ministry, visit her website at www.karijobe.com .