Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monroe Graduate Tells Her Story of Transformation!

Residents, staff, family, and friends gathered at the Mercy Ministries home in Monroe, Louisiana today for a special graduation. Whitney, a former drug addict, is a great example of the life changing transformation that happens at Mercy. Here is her story:


Before Mercy, I was battling drug and alcohol addiction. I started smoking marijuana at 16 to cope with depression, but soon marijuana was no longer enough so I started experimenting with cocaine and prescription pills. Before I knew it, I was stealing to pay for my addictions. I stole money, drugs, and I shoplifted frequently. When I was 21, I accidentally overdosed and ended up going to rehab. The withdrawal was so terrible, I swore that I would never use again, but as soon as I got out, I picked up right where I left off. My addiction grew even worse and I added alcohol to the mix. The only reason I got out of bed was to get high or drunk and I didn’t care about anyone unless they were helping feed my addiction. My life was miserable and I hated myself and who I had become. I carried so much guilt and shame that I felt there was no hope for me. Someone at my church suggested Mercy Ministries, so I went to the website to get more information. I knew God was the only one who could pull me out of the pit I was in, so I decided to apply.

God has taken me on an incredible journey at Mercy. It’s been hard but amazing! He has shown me that my identity is in Him and not in being a drug addict. I know I can choose life and now I have hope. I am excited about my life and my future!

After graduation, I plan to go to Beauty College and pursue a career as a hair dresser. I also have a desire to work in ministry some day.

Whitney is one of several girls to graduate from Mercy Ministries each month. Upon graduation, each girl receives a special ring provided by Mercy Ministries. The rings were designed by a graduate of Mercy and include three stones representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is also a large “M” surrounding the stones to serve as a reminder of the freedom and healing she received while at Mercy. We want to offer you the opportunity to purchase a ring for a specific girl at the cost of $55. Upon graduation, you will receive a hand written note along with a photo of the girl whose ring you purchased. What a blessing it will be for each girl to know that someone specifically provided the ring she will proudly wear as a sign of her freedom!

If you would like to purchase a ring, click here and select Other when asked, “What prompted you to give?” Type in the word Ring when asked, “If Other, please let us know why you are giving.” This will ensure that your donation will go toward the purchase of a graduate’s ring. If you have any questions, please contact Kay Strom at 615-831-6987 or

Thank you for partnering with us to change lives and congratulations to Whitney!