Before Mercy, I felt broken and abandoned. My parents divorced when I was five years old and when my mom remarried, I formed a very close bond with my step father. The devastation I experienced when he and my mother divorced was overwhelming, and he was never a part of my life again. After my mother attempted suicide several times in front of me, I lived in constant fear and I began to abuse alcohol, ecstasy and cocaine. Later, after having a daughter of my own, I knew that I wanted more for her and for myself so, I reached out to Mercy Ministries to find help.
At Mercy, I was transformed through the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. God taught me about his unconditional love and His desire for a personal relationship with me. I realized that I was born with a destiny that only I can fulfill! No longer a victim of my past, I can do all things when I seek after God.
After I graduate, I am planning to return home so I can be a Godly mother to my daughter, and I’m going to get involved in my church and my community by reaching out to other hurting women. I also plan to pursue a career as a dental hygienist.
Because of a dysfunctional childhood full of sexual abuse by a close family member, my life before Mercy felt very broken. As I grew older, I found myself pulling farther and farther away from reality, and I began experimenting with anorexia and self-harm in order to cope with the dysfunction. Finally, when I found out that my abuser wanted to become a transgender, my world came crashing down around me, and I didn’t believe life was worth living. I tried seeking help through friends, counselors, and hospitals, but nothing gave me hope. Applying to Mercy was my last chance for a better life.
During my time at Mercy, I have found hope and real freedom from my issues. God met me where I was, and has shown me that I can trust Him and accept His love for me. God has adopted me as His own child, and He sees me as perfect and unique!
After Mercy, I plan to attend college in the fall at South Eastern University, and I want to pursue a degree in social work with a minor in Bible and theology.
Congratulations Kelly and Lydia! We are so proud of your commitment to face your issues and fight for freedom!! We look forward to hearing how God will use you to help others!