Friday, May 7, 2010

Seven New Graduates – Seven More Lives Transformed!

Residents and staff came together at our Monroe, St.Louis and Lincoln homes to celebrate the remarkable transformation of seven young ladies’ lives! Check out these incredible stories from our newest graduates:


Monroe

Brittany J

Before I came to Mercy Ministries, I struggled with an eating disorder for four years. I was spiraling into a deep depression and didn’t know where to turn. Eventually, in order to cope with my life, alcoholism became a growing problem and almost killed me. I desperately needed healing, and when my mom told me about Mercy, I knew I had to apply.

Since I have been at Mercy, I have received healing and freedom! I am a new creation, and am complete in Christ. My past does not determine who I am today or what my future will look like. I have to continue to press forward to fulfill the destiny that God created for me.

After graduation, I will return home to continue pursuing a degree in Nursing. I’m so thankful that I have been given the gift of new life in Christ because I am forever changed.


Brittany H

My life before Mercy was hopeless. I was emotionally, physically, and sexually abused throughout most of my childhood and this left me with an identity defined by guilt and shame. Hoping I wouldn’t have to suffer anymore, I often asked God to let me die. When I was 12 years old, six members of my family died within a single year. My life quickly spiraled out of control and anorexia and bulimia became my coping mechanism. I attempted suicide several times, but God always intervened and saved my life. Almost totally hopeless, yet desperate for healing, I applied to Mercy and found the true source of freedom.

God has done more in my life while at Mercy than I could have ever hoped for or imagined. I never thought I could be happy again or live free from my issues, but I can honestly say that I am free! I have a much deeper and more intimate relationship with God, and we are closer than we have ever been. It is absolutely amazing. God has truly done a miracle in my life!

After Mercy, I plan to complete my degree in music education. I also want to use my musical gifts and talents in ministry and travel to other countries. I plan to do everything unto the Lord because He has given me my life back. This is a better life than I have ever known before.


St. Louis

Danielle

My life was a mess before Mercy. I didn’t know who I was and without an identity. I was apathetic about everything. In a desperate attempt to control and handle the intense depression and anger I was feeling, I turned to self-harm. I wanted to die, and I remember thinking that if I didn’t get accepted into the Mercy program, that I would defiantly not make it. I’m so glad God had a different plan for me.

At Mercy, I learned who I am in Christ. I am a beauty waiting to be unveiled to the world. I no longer need the world’s approval because I am a confident world-changer. I have complete freedom from depression and self-harm!

After graduation, I plan to travel abroad and pursue a life of full-time ministry. I am not certain what that will look like, but I am completely trusting God with my next step!


Paula

I hit rock bottom before coming to Mercy. The emotional and physical abuse I experienced at home left me depressed and wanting to die. Suicide is all I thought about because I didn’t see myself having a future. I found out about Mercy and knew it was my last chance to receive healing from my life-controlling issues.

While at Mercy, God has taught me that I am beautiful and He is jealous for me. He radically loves me and has a specific plan for my life. Now, I know I have a purpose! I don’t even know who that girl is that walked into Mercy a few months ago because I have been made brand new!

After I graduate, I plan to get involved with the children ministry at my church and pursue a career as an EMT. I’m excited about my future!


Ileana

Before my time at Mercy, I spent three years of my childhood in a Romanian orphanage. I was eventually adopted, but when they divorced, I was absolutely devastated.. The pain from that experience felt like too much to bear and I became emotionally numb. I started cutting and planning my suicide. In a last effort to live, I applied to Mercy.

During my time at Mercy, God became real to me. He turned my “light” on, and instead of feeling dead, I know I am alive with a purpose! I still have so much to learn, but I have spiritual weapons that I can use each day in order to walk in my freedom.

After graduation, I would like to pursue a degree in Psychology or Photography. I also have a heart for missions and would like to eventually be involved with Youth with a Mission. I will follow God’s leading.


Lincoln

Hayley

I was physically and sexually abused as a child and was later bullied in school. After experiencing this abuse, I was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder and was in and out of counseling and behavior modification programs. I began cutting and restricting food when I was 13 years old. After being admitted to the psych ward on several occasions, I overdosed on Prozac and became suicidal. Finally, I learned about Mercy at a Point of Grace concert and decided to seek help.

Since being at Mercy, God has delivered me! He has calmed my fears and healed me of my insecurities. He has brought me out of isolation and shown me that I am capable of having friendships. I now have a hope for the future!

After graduation, I plan to pursue a degree in music or Biblical Studies at William Jessup University. I’m also excited about writing a book, traveling and doing mission work. I am extremely grateful for this new chance at life!


Shelby

My life before Mercy was dark. I was consumed with thoughts about my weight and appearance. My identity was completely wrapped up in a eating disorder and I found comfort in the arms of men. I needed to get attention from anyone who would give it to me. My body was wasting away, and I knew I needed a miracle.After my uncle told me about Mercy, I knew in my heart that this was God’s plan for me.

While at Mercy, God has transformed me from the inside out! I realize now that it doesn’t matter what people think about me because He thinks I’m beautiful and wonderful. I am His radiant bride, His beloved! Instead of finding comfort in the arms of a man, I now run into the arms of God. My identity is in Him alone.

After I graduate, I am returning to Colorado to attend Desperation Leadership Academy. Mercy is truly a place that makes a difference in peoples lives. My life will never be the same!


We are so proud of all that our graduates have accomplished during their time at Mercy! No doubt God has big plans for each of them. Their gifts and talents will be so valuable for the Kingdom!