Thursday, April 1, 2010

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn visits Mercy Ministries

Yesterday our Nashville residents and staff had the great honor and privilege of meeting U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn, who serves the 7th District of Tennessee as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Blackburn reached out to Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, around the time of Mercy’s 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2008 to congratulate her on the Ministry’s milestone. Although Congressman Blackburn spends a lot of her time in Washington D.C., we were so excited yesterday when she was able to take time out of her busy schedule to come by, see the ministry firsthand, and encourage our staff and girls!

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Representing both a portion of metropolitan Nashville where Mercy Ministries resides and the suburbs of Memphis, Blackburn is the very first woman in the state of Tennessee to be elected in her own right to a Congressional seat in the House of Representatives. She has become a frequent guest on several prime time television programs, radio shows and has been featured in several major publications. Blackburn’s story is unique in that she has very successfully combined her roles as a mother, wife, small business owner, community volunteer and now an elected government official.

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Congressman Blackburn connected with the Mercy girls and staff as she offered practical insights on leadership and life experience. We love that she took time out to share some of her story and talk about the message of ”life equity” – using your strengths, experiences and passions to achieve your dreams and to serve others.

Thank you, Congressman Blackburn, for taking time to encourage our girls and staff to become great leaders! Here is what one of our residents had to say about this very special visit:

“Congressman Blackburn was inspiring! She has defied a lot of cultural stigmas and has been a passionate trail blazer - but what impacted me the most was her humility.”

To learn more about Congressman Marsha Blackburn, visit www.blackburn.house.gov.