Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mercy Ministries Celebrates First California Graduation!

Friday was a history making day as the Mercy Ministries California home celebrated its very first graduation! Staff and residents joined family members, friends, and supporters to celebrate the transformation that has occurred in the lives of three young women since they each made the brave decision to call a time out in their lives to seek help with their life-controlling issues. The three graduates all agreed to transfer to the California from other homes and were among the very first residents to step foot in the new residency to finish the program as peer leaders. Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, joined the celebration in order to offer encouragement and wisdom to the graduates as well as the current residents. Nancy said, “It was just amazing to be able to see and hear firsthand about the work that they have allowed the Lord to do in their lives, and we can’t wait to see what their futures hold for them!”

Check out their amazing stories!


Lauren

1Before coming to Mercy, I grew up in a loving Christian family, but after my triplet brothers were born, I faced severe feelings of rejection. I was teased throughout most of my elementary school years and by the time I was in high school, the depression I was carrying led to binge drinking and sexual promiscuity. Eventually I found myself in an emotionally and sexually abusive relationship and I felt trapped. My parents pleaded with me to get out, but I felt helpless. Finally, my mom’s friend told me about Mercy and I realized that I needed help.

Since being at Mercy, God has healed my broken heart and filled my soul full of passion for life and joy. My relationship with my parents and brothers has been restored, and through the wonderful leadership at Mercy pointing me to my Lord and Savior, I learned what real love is. I am no longer defined by my past. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus!

After graduation, I will be doing an internship with the Teen Mania Honor Academy in Texas. I am excited about the future and am so thankful for each new day.



Sydnie

2Before Mercy, I was angry and bitter. My heart was hardened to the things of God. Even though I wanted desperately to trust Him with my life, I didn’t know how. Sexual abuse by a family member left me feeling completely rejected, and I turned to a dependency on alcohol and relationships with guys in order to fill the void in my life. I knew there had to be something better than living in constant fear and hating how much I was hurting my family. In order to release my tight grasp on the past, I needed help. My mom and I learned about Mercy on the internet, and I knew I had to apply.

During my time at Mercy, I realized that God was not at all the author of my pain even though I usually blamed Him for everything. He has pursued me my whole life and was jealous for relationship with me. I have fallen in love again with my first love, Jesus Christ, and by His grace and mercy, I have let go of everything I was holding on to so that I could receive what He has for me. My life isno longer my own.

After Mercy, I plan to return home and eventually pursue my dream of being a photographer. I’m looking forward to all God has in store for me!



Congratulations ladies! We are so proud of your courage and we can’t wait to see what God is going to do in each of your lives!