Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mercy Ministries Celebrates Three Monroe Graduates – Read Their Stories of Transformation!

Monroe residents and staff came together with family and friends this month to celebrate the graduation of three more amazing young women. These ladies are graduating from Mercy Ministries with hope that they are excited to take into their own communities. We would like to share their stories with you.


Sarah

2Before Mercy, I was severely depressed. Most of the time, I felt like it would be a relief for me to die. After breaking my back in an accident, I lived with severe pain. I took many risks when I abused medication and became addicted to prescription drugs. Because I lived in Littleton, Colorado, I experienced the traumatic Columbine High School shooting - I could hear the sirens from my house. The disturbing images and stories caused me to live in constant fear and my parents desperately wanted me to go somewhere to get help. After discovering that a friend of mine had graduated from Mercy, I decided to try the program for myself – I thought if God could transform her life, perhaps He could do the same for me.

During my time at Mercy, God has completely changed my life for the good. One of the greatest things I experienced was the healing power of God because my back pain has decreased and my spine has straightened! I have received healing in every area of my life and have had the opportunity to work through my struggles. I am no longer in bondage to pride, fear and poor self-esteem and I have joy for the first time in many years. I used to think that I did not deserve joy or that I would never have it, but now I am overflowing with it!

After my graduation, I plan to travel back to my hometown of Littleton, Colorado and take online classes at the University of Colorado. I am praying for guidance about whether to continue pursuing a double major in film criticism and film acting. I’m so thankful that I now have a reason to keep living.


Samantha

1Before coming to Mercy, I had experienced childhood sexual abuse. I began acting out in anger and rage, and eventually became consumed with sexual promiscuity that led to an addiction. Food also became a drug for me - I used it for comfort. Because I was looking for love in all the wrong places, I found myself in a state of complete hopelessness. My mom heard about Mercy on a Joyce Meyer television program, and I decided to give it a try.

Since being at Mercy, God has shown me that His love is more fulfilling than anything I could ever seek for or desire. At Mercy, I’ve learned that there is no sin that Jesus did not die for. He has given me a renewed hope for a bright future, a love for Him and His Word, a completely transformed perspective, and a biblical understanding of my sexuality. God has not only restored my life, but He has also worked miracles in the lives of my family members.

After Mercy, I plan to pursue a degree in physical therapy. I know that I can rely on God to meet all of my needs.


Stephanie

As a young girl, I heard a lot about God. I was raised in church, but I put on my “church” face instead of really living with faith. Underneath that face, I was hurting and I made most of my decisions based on how I felt. When I was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, I felt very ashamed. I struggled with feelings of fear, anger, isolation, shame, confusion and hopelessness that led to an addiction to self-harm. Eventually, I attempted suicide. After a stay in an inpatient unit, I realized I was in way over my head and I needed real help. I researched ministries online, learned about the Mercy program, and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I have had a revelation of God’s everlasting love for me and His forgiveness. God has never abandoned me and He never will! I don’t have to have it all together for Him to love me. My past is forgiven and my heart has been healed.

I’m leaving Mercy with an excitement to walk out my freedom in Christ. I plan to get involved in my local church and I want to pursue a degree in ministry. I will still have struggles but I’m ready to seek first His kingdom.


Congratulations Sarah, Samantha and Stephanie! We are so proud of your courage and we can’t wait to see you continue to walk with God.