Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Five More Mercy Ministries Graduates Transformed!

Five more brave young women were so excited to see family and friends gathered at the Monroe and Lincoln homes this week to celebrate graduation. It was clear to everyone who attended that these girls have been truly transformed by God’s grace and unconditional love. Here are their stories of hope and healing:

Monroe

Carissa

When I was 15, I started dieting. I liked the comments and attention I received and the diet quickly spiraled into an eating disorder. I was diagnosed with anorexia and hospitalized. I spent four months in treatment and then went to college. I started to drink a lot and one night I was raped by two guys at my school. I had planned on being a virgin until I got married. The rape reinforced the lie that I was only as good as my body and I relapsed with the eating disorder. I believed that if I wasn’t skinny and beautiful, then I was trash. To escape my thoughts, I would numb myself with drugs, alcohol, cutting, and shoplifting. I was miserable. I couldn’t afford treatment again but I knew I needed help, so I decided to apply to Mercy.

While at Mercy, I’ve been overwhelmed with God’s greatness. I am completely healed of all my addictions. It wasn’t until I was in a safe place at Mercy that God revealed the root of my struggles and I was able to work through them. I’ve learned to trust God and know His unconditional love. It’s absolutely amazing the work God has done in my life!

After graduation, I will be looking for an internship and returning to school. I plan to major in counseling and minor in art and will hopefully do art therapy one day. I’m also planning to get involved in the college ministry at my church. I’m so excited about my future!

Hillary

At the age of 9, I was raped on the school bus. When I was 12, my family moved and I started attending a new school. I did everything I could to fit in, becoming sexually active and experimenting with cigarettes. This eventually led to involvement with drugs and alcohol. My life was spiraling out of control and my addictions began taking over my life. My brother-in-law supports Mercy and he told me about the program, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, my life was completely changed. I am free from my addictions and I am free from shame and condemnation. I’m eternally grateful for Mercy Ministries and appreciate the staff for how patient and loving they were toward me. Now, I can be the person God has created me to be.

After graduation, I plan to spend more time with my family and get involved with my church. I would also like to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. My goal is to minister to children and teach them about Christ while they are still young.


Thecla

I was sexually and physically abused at a young age. I developed an eating disorder as a result and was throwing up 15 to 30 times a day. My life was out of control and I didn’t want to think or feel so I drank alcohol constantly. I knew I needed help, but I didn’t have enough money for treatment anywhere. I heard about Mercy from a counselor who told me it was free, so I decided to apply.

During my time at Mercy, God completely changed me. I’ve learned that there are no limits to what God can do and I need to continually hand things over to Him. He is more amazing than I could ever imagine.

After graduation, I’m going back to school to major in youth and preaching ministry. I will also be teaching gymnastics. I am so happy I finally found the answers I have been searching for. Mercy helped me understand that God is the answer!


Lincoln

Gina

I grew up in a very controlling family and believed a lot of lies about myself. I was sexually abused and struggled with depression, self-harm, and suicide. I really hated my life. I knew that God had more for me and then Nancy Alcorn came and spoke at my school. I knew Mercy could help me to be free from these issues and that my life could be different.

While at Mercy, God has helped me to see that I don’t have to be the one that holds everything together. I know now that He wants to take my burdens. I found my value and my identity in Christ.

After graduation, I plan to go to Victory Bible Institute’s School of Worship. I feel like God is calling me to full-time ministry. I have just loved being here. Coming to Mercy was the best decision I ever made!


Leviticus

Life before Mercy was miserable. I was sexually abused and became consumed with depression, suicidal thoughts, bulimia, and self-harm. I had no hope and didn’t think things could ever change for me. I found Mercy on the internet and decided to apply.

Since I’ve been at Mercy, I have learned that God truly loves me and that He has good things planned for my future. He has shown me joy and peace. Before, I was confused by lies but now I know God’s truth. I have hope and freedom from my past.

After graduation I will be getting back to work. I also want to get involved in politics, working with sexual abuse and sex trafficking victims. Coming to Mercy was the best decision I’ve ever made. God truly transforms lives here.


Congratulations ladies! We are so proud of you! You’ve shown heart and determination in the journey to regain your life and we are very excited to see you walk out your freedom!!!