Thursday, April 15, 2010

Run for Mercy Team Participates in St. Louis Go! Marathon

1On Sunday morning, a Run for Mercy team participated in the St. Louis Go! Marathon and Half-Marathon ( and raised $8,000 for the young women we serve! It was a beautiful morning as our team joined 17,000 runners at the starting line at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Their journey was a 26.2 mile course toward the famous Gateway Arch. The Run for Mercy team completed the marathon while residents from the St. Louis home cheered them on to the finish line.

One Team Mercy participant and St. Louis graduate, Teresa, said, “Running the race to raise funds for Mercy Ministries was a great opportunity for me to give back to the ministry that changed my life. I would not have been able to participate in this race if it were not for the amazing work God did in me during that time, and I want every girl to have the opportunity to experience that kind of freedom!”

2All of the runners, including our Run for Mercy volunteers and several Mercy graduates, gathered the night before the race at the St. Louis Mercy home for a pre-race pasta party sponsored by Faith Family Church of Shiloh, Illinois. While eating dinner, guests had the opportunity to hear testimonies from St. Louis graduates Courtney and Carmen. Courtney had never run a mile in her life before coming to Mercy, but the next day, as a member of Team Mercy, she ran a half-marathon!

Here is what a few of the residents had to say about their Run for Mercy supporters:

Kody said, “Seeing how many people support Mercy Ministries touched my heart. The runners pressed on through the race just as we press on through our journey at Mercy. I’m so thankful for all of them.”

Morgan said, “The pasta party was so much fun! I loved having the opportunity to meet all the kind and generous people who are willing to support my journey here at Mercy. Their willingness to help me without even knowing me is a true testimony to the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.”

There are still opportunities to support Mercy Ministries at a Run for Mercy near you. Register online at by joining an existing team, forming a new team, or by participating as an individual runner.