Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mercy Ministries Celebrates Two New Graduates!

Two more brave young women graduated from the Lincoln (Sacramento area) home on Wednesday. Residents and staff gathered together with family and friends to celebrate the freedom and transformation that can only come from walking with God. Here are their amazing stories:

Catharine F.

Before Mercy, I was mean, manipulative, and hated myself. My feelings of abandonment and rejection led to addiction, depression, self-harm and an eating disorder. I had first heard about Mercy Ministries through a friend and decided to go to an open house at the Lincoln home. During the open house, I instantly felt that God was speaking to me about coming to Mercy. Soon after, I applied to Mercy and was accepted into the program.

During my time at Mercy, I learned I had a choice. I learned who I am in Christ and found security and hope in Him. Now I feel whole, joyful, and free!

After graduation, I plan to go to college, become a nurse, and travel the world doing short-term missions.

Christine M.

Before I came to Mercy Ministries, I was sexually, physically and emotionally abused which led me to believe that I was evil. I was full of shame and guilt and began to struggle with self-harm, addiction, and an eating disorder. I got involved in prostitution and eventually became suicidal. It seemed God wouldn’t let me die so I knew I needed to go to a place where I could learn how to live.

During my time at Mercy, I learned that God has loved me from the beginning. He accepts me just as I am. He has given me hope and grace, and I know He has a purpose and plan for my life.

After Mercy, I plan to go home and hope to eventually go back to school to pursue a degree in education. I would also love to get married and start a family someday!

Congratulations Catharine and Christine! We are so proud of you and the commitment that you’ve shown. It is so exciting to see your newfound hope for the future as you move forward! We know God has amazing plans for you!