Monday, August 30, 2010

Meet our Medical Staff!!!

We recently did an article on our Mercy Ministries Intake Staff and it was such a hit, we decided to highlight another amazing group, the Directors of Medical Services! Although Mercy Ministries is not a medical facility, some of the girls who enter the program have medical issues related to their struggles. The Nashville, Lincoln, and St. Louis homes all have licensed RN’s on staff.

These amazing nurses take the girls to medical and dental appointments, monitor medications, and see the girls on an as needed basis. But physical healing isn’t the only thing these amazing staff members desire. They love the girls in a way that encourages the spiritual healing the residents need as well. We want to give you a personal inside look at who they are as individuals. Here is what they wanted to share with our friends and supporters:

Christy Tullos

I grew up in Memphis, TN, a preacher’s daughter. I was blessed to have this upbringing and being raised in church stirred in me a heart for ministry and a desire for the things of God. I attended the University of Arkansas, and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Labor and Delivery was my first job in the nursing field. In 2000, I moved to Nashville, where I continued to work in Labor and Delivery at Vanderbilt. After doing a brief travel nursing assignment to California, the position for Director of Medical Services at Mercy opened up.

I have been a part of the Mercy team since September of 2006. I found out about Mercy through attending Christ Church. It is very rewarding to see how God takes someone from such brokenness and transforms her into such beauty. Mercy is such a testimony to the goodness of God and how He cares about each detail that concerns us. I get to see it again and again, day after day.

I still have the opportunity to work an occasional weekend at Vanderbilt. This is awesome because the Mercy girls who have a baby often deliver there and I know all the ins and outs! In my spare time, I enjoy dinners with friends, movies, long walks along scenic paths and training for half-marathons.

Christa Marler

I have always been a resident of St. Louis and have been at my home church, South County Christian Center, for twenty eight years. I have served most of those years on the worship team as well as in women’s ministry. I also attended Missouri Baptist College and School of Nursing where I obtained my RN.

My introduction to Mercy was as a volunteer worship leader for nearly three years. It was thrilling to see visible changes like the smiles on the faces of the girls each week as God worked in their hearts. In December of 2008, I was offered the job of my dreams as a part of Mercy and joined the staff as Director of Medical Services in St. Louis. After working in intensive care for fifteen years, coming to Mercy was like coming home! I feel very privileged to work in a ministry that functions like a Spiritual Intensive Care, focusing on acute spiritual healing for hurting young women. I am also blessed to be the worship leader in the St. Louis home. The presence of God is so sweet in our times of worship together as His healing power breathes life. I still marvel at the miracles of hope I see God doing and I am very honored to be a part of what God is doing today!

I have been happily married to Nick Marler for seventeen years and I take great delight in our children Abby, Danielle, and Joel. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, writing music, and fishing.

Tammy Danks—Lincoln

I found out about Mercy through the group Point of Grace many years ago and distinctly remember purchasing The Mercy Project CD to support them. I never dreamed I would one day need Mercy for myself! I thought I had it all together, but eventually my issues became too much for me to bear and I began the application process. I was accepted and graduated from the Nashville home in 2005.

God used Mercy to open my eyes to His truth and love, and I began to walk out what I was learning. When I came home to Northern California, I went to nursing school and earned my nursing degree. After graduation, I moved to Southern California to work at City of Hope, an NCI Cancer Center. While working with cancer patients, God taught me so much about life. I’ve learned to never take life or health for granted and have come away from that experience with a whole new outlook. I started working for Mercy Ministries in February 2010. Coming to work at Mercy has truly felt like coming home. I love these girls and I can relate to where they are. Getting to watch and be a part of the transformations that happen here has been such a blessing to me!

We are so grateful for the amazing job these ladies do to promote physical and spiritual healing for the hurting young women who come to Mercy. We are so proud of our entire staff! Look for future stories highlighting other team members!