Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hosts Valentine Dinner for St. Louis Residents

Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter and his wife Victoria have taken on the role of ‘mom and dad’ to our St. Louis Mercy residents. Not only have they spent a lot of time encouraging the girls, but they have also been faithful advocates and supporters of Mercy Ministries.


The McCarter’s two sons were involved in FCA in high school, and Victoria is a huddle leader for their local chapter. Both boys have since graduated and gone on to college but Victoria and her sons have chosen to carry on the FCA tradition they began in 2007 by preparing and serving a Valentine’s Day dinner for the Mercy St. Louis home. In fact, Austin McCarter, who loves to cook, began this tradition because he enjoys being able to do something special for the residents on this particular holiday.

Our girls were truly treated like royalty! The McCarters, along with other FCA student volunteers, prepared each table with a personalized menu with red or pink ribbons. They also placed roses with notes of encouragement at each setting. They prepared a gourmet meal and served it dressed in black pants and white shirts. The meal was topped off with a chocolate fountain!

One FCA student athlete, Ben Benton, had this to say about his opportunity to serve:

“Even as a multi-sport athlete, I have never seen so much strength as I see in these Mercy girls. They have overcome many difficulties and have grown to love God and have tremendous faith in Him!”

Here is what a few of the residents said about the Valentine’s dinner:

Teresa said, “It was awesome that the students wanted to come serve us! The dinner, decorations and entire night was so special - it was a great example of God’s love. I’m glad we had such a special Valentine’s Day treat!”

Christina said, “This event was a tremendous blessing and so memorable. The McCarter family has impacted my life in so many ways. I had a blast and felt amazingly special.”

Mercy Ministries would like to thank FCA and the McCarter family for pouring into the lives of our residents. We are so grateful for your faithful friendship and support.