Monday, April 12, 2010

Mercy Ministries Celebrates Easter!

This Easter was a busy and fun-filled time for our U.S. homes as we celebrated God’s act of love for us and our new life in Him!

The Nashville residents had a blast helping facilitate Christ Church Nashville’s Children’s Ministry Easter Egg Hunt. Residents loved having the opportunity to get out in the sunshine with the kids! They served by hiding the eggs on the hillside, overseeing the arts and crafts, painting faces, and helping the young children play games.

Here is what a few of the Nashville residents had to say about this volunteer opportunity:

Katie said, “I really enjoyed this event because I was able to share the Easter story with several of the kids. I told them that we were celebrating how much God loves us.

Kelly said, “Helping at the Easter Egg Hunt was so much fun! The children were excited as they played games. It was nice to be able to give back to Christ Church since they give so much to us.”

This past weekend, the St. Louis residents went to the St. Louis Dream Center to attend a community Easter Extravaganza. The Dream Center is an organization partnered with Joyce Meyer Ministries that provides global humanitarian aid to hurting people while incorporating Biblical principles. The Mercy girls assisted with all kinds of fun children’s activities including a petting zoo, cake walk, face painting, and pony rides! They also had the opportunity to enjoy yummy kettle corn, candy and sodas, live music and carnival games. Lots of sunshine made this a perfect day!

Here is what a few of the St. Louis residents said about their time at the Dream Center:

Paula said, “I have never seen so much chocolate in all my life! Spending time with all of the kids in the community was wonderful. What a joy!”

Morgan said, “I loved being able to help with an event that sows so much into kids who otherwise might have very little opportunity to hear the Easter message. I will not forget this time.”

On the other side of the country, our Sacramento residents had the opportunity to observe Easter in a very unique way! On Good Friday, Bayside Church in Sacramento hosted a prayer journey event called “Stations of the Cross.” Mercy Ministries’ residents and staff had the opportunity to walk through several stations on Bayside Church’s campus that powerfully connected believers with the passion of Christ and what His love means for our lives today. Each scene represented a step on the journey from the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was arrested, to Jesus’ trial and eventually to His burial. The Mercy girls were able to use their Bibles, reflective questions, prayer and other hands on activities to reflect on what this season is all about!

Here is what the Sacramento residents had to say about this Easter experience:

Shelby said, “’Stations of the Cross’ was absolutely life changing. Each station reminded me of Christ’s sacrifice and I felt a weight lifted off me as I realized anew how much God truly loves me.”

Esther said, “This event brought the Easter story to life! It opened my eyes to see what Jesus did for me and I feel challenged to lay down my past hurts and live my life to the fullest!”

It is always great when the Mercy girls get to enjoy events and help serve the local community. We are so grateful to the churches and ministries that support our residents and provide opportunities for them to get involved.

To learn more about the St. Louis Dream Center, visit