Friday, October 23, 2009

Nashville Residents Spend a Day at the Farm!

This past weekend, Mercy Ministries Nashville residents had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall weather at Tommy and Phyllis Pardues’ property for their annual “Farm Day.” For the past 9 years, the Pardues have generously opened their beautiful land to the Mercy girls for this fun-filled day that includes pumpkin carving, archery, trap shooting, fishing and more!

One of the most loved pastimes of this day-long trip is the evening bonfire where everyone gathers to sing and share over marshmallow roasting and s’mores. Our staff and residents were so thankful for all the expressions of love demonstrated by the Farm Day volunteers who cooked and served lunch and dinner and who helped coordinate all the various activities.

We are so grateful to Tommy and Phyllis Pardue for their incredible generosity in sharing their beautiful property with the residents of Mercy Ministries over the years and providing a fun fall experience. The girls always look forward to Farm Day. Here is what a few of the girls had to say about their day at the farm:

Ainsley said, “Farm Day was so much fun and a real blessing for all of us. It was a great experience to worship our Father and feel His presence around the bonfire. God really spoke to me through the kindness of the volunteers.”

Amber said, “I felt so free and alive at the farm. The Pardues were so nice and loving. I won’t ever forget it.”

Bobbie said, “I got to shoot a bow and arrow for the first time. That was so cool! From carving pumpkins to the huge bonfire, the entire day was a lot of fun.”

Meagan said, “What a great way to start my first weekend at Mercy. Christ’s love was definitely reflected through all the volunteers who came out to love on us. I felt special and I’m so grateful for the fun time I had!”