Friday, September 4, 2009

Basketball Legend Meadowlark Lemon Visits St. Louis Home

Last Sunday, legendary hero in the basketball world and popular member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Meadowlark Lemon, overjoyed St. Louis residents and staff when he made a return visit to speak to the girls and connect with them personally over dinner. Meadowlark has a huge heart for Mercy Ministries. He first met Mercy Ministries' founder, Nancy Alcorn, when she was just getting started in the ministry. He told residents to make sure and thank Nancy for creating the opportunity for them to grow and learn.

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Meadowlark shared about God’s timing and how important it is for each of us to set high standards for ourselves. He encouraged residents to write down the dreams and visions God puts on their hearts and believe that God will bring them to pass in His time. Having traveled more than five million miles and played in more than 16,000 lifetime basketball games, Meadowlark explained how the dreams he had for his own life focused on bringing joy and laughter to people as a professional athlete. He hopes that he has helped people forget their troubles and focus on their joys.

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He definitely brought joy to the St. Louis home as residents and staff erupted in laughter throughout his visit, and nearly everyone lined up to have photos taken with him. Here is what a few of our residents had to say:

Marian said, “Meadowlark blessed us with a wonderful talk about joy. The whole evening with him was inspirational.”

Kim said, “I loved hearing about how things were for him before his fame. I will always remember his words of wisdom. He said, ‘This is your season and it starts now!’”

Lindsay said, “Meadowlark Lemon is awesome! I laughed hysterically at his stories and cried during his testimony! He’s such a great man of God and brings countless joy to those around him. I can honestly say that having him at our Mercy home was truly inspiring!”