Friday, March 26, 2010

Four Lincoln and Monroe Graduates Celebrate Hope for the Future!

Family, friends and staff came together with the residents in Lincoln, CA and Monroe, LA to celebrate four beautiful young women as they graduated from Mercy Ministries. Here are their testimonies of freedom:


Lincoln


Cari

3Before Mercy Ministries, I struggled with a severe eating disorder, self-harm, and depression. I had no hope for my future. Without a healthy way to cope with all my negative emotions, I became suicidal. I needed help, and when a friend told me about a Christ-centered program for young women, I knew I was finally ready to find real freedom.

Since being at Mercy, God has healed my heart and delivered me from bondage to my issues. He has shown me who I really am and that I have a special purpose that only I can fulfill. Now, I know I am loved and look forward to the future ahead of me.

After graduation, I plan to go back to school in the fall to pursue a degree in Environmental Science. I’m secure in knowing that my life is in God’s hands!


Amy

1My life before Mercy felt like a rollercoaster. Anorexia and bulimia became a symptom of my self-hatred, and deep seated feelings of rejection controlled my life. At the peak of my depression, suicide appeared to be my only option. After a Mercy graduate shared her story of transformation with me, I decided to apply to the program so I would be able to deal with the pain I was carrying.

At Mercy, God restored me and made me completely whole! I know that my issues don’t have to control my life and I can walk in miraculous freedom. God has revealed His heart and unfailing love to me.

After I graduate, I plan to work towards a Master’s Degree in Theology. Thank you Mercy staff for giving me the tools to live an uncompromised life and be a light to everyone God puts in my path.


Monroe


Elise

4Before coming to Mercy, I was in a relationship with a boyfriend who was manipulative and dishonest. Feeling as if he was all I could depend on, I moved in with him and eventually became the victim of abuse. Drug issues began to develop as I tried to deal with stressful emotions, and before I knew it, I was in over my head! I didn’t know what to do. I knew my lifestyle was going to kill me if I didn’t get help. My mother gave me an application for Mercy, and I decided the program was my last hope.

During my time at Mercy, God gave me my life back. I am no longer dependent on drugs or medications and He is restoring my relationship with my family. I never knew God was such a personal friend and now I am in a love relationship with Him! I’ve also been equipped with all the tools I need to truly succeed in life.

Now, I plan to enroll in college because I know God wants me to further my education. I’m not sure what degree to pursue, but I’m excited to see what God is doing in my life.


Brittany

2My dad left our family when I was three years old and I was left confused with feelings of rejection and abandonment. This chaos led to anxiety and an obsessive compulsive disorder. When I couldn’t live up to my own standard of perfection, I resorted to self-harm and bulimia in order to gain control over my life. My addictions became severe in high school and my freshman year of college. After being hospitalized, I decided living life my way was completely getting me nowhere and I desperately wanted God’s intervention. Mercy was the best option for help.

God has definitely done a work in me since I’ve been at Mercy. I have learned who I am in Christ, and I know God will never leave me or forsake me. I am completely free from my issues because I’m a totally new person!

After graduation, I am going to pursue a degree in English and hope to one day share the message of God’s love in China by teaching English as a second language. I want to thank the staff at Mercy Ministries for following God’s leading and helping me learn so much!


Congratulations Cari, Amy, Elise and Brittany! We are very proud of you and the commitment that you have shown. Your positive choices, growing faith and ongoing transformation are so evident and we look forward to seeing your futures unfold.