Monday, November 22, 2010

St. Louis Celebrates Mercy in the Evening

Hosts Steve and Terri Stipanovich

It is an incredible blessing when our supporters want to share their passion for Mercy Ministries with friends, colleagues, and their community. Steve and Terri Stipanovich are faithful supporters through our “Sponsor a Girl” program and have opened their home to some of the Mercy girls who needed a place to live following graduation. They generously opened their home again for a private event last Thursday for Mercy in the Evening and over 100 people came to learn more about the lives being changed at Mercy Ministries.

Following an amazing dinner, everyone took their seats to hear Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, cast the vision of Mercy Ministries. Everyone was deeply impacted by the three graduates, Courtney, Holly, and Jen, who shared their powerful stories of healing and transformation. Each girl spoke of the unconditional love they received while at Mercy and their desire to share that love with others. Courtney now works with inner city youth through her church while Holly helped plant six churches this summer in Costa Rica! Jen will soon be starting an internship and will be working with victims of sex trafficking.

We are so grateful to Steve and Terri Stipanovich for hosting this wonderful event and to Faith That Works for helping to plan the event. Thanks also to Melody Humans for the beautiful d├ęcor and centerpieces, Thomas Warwick for donating photography services, Straub’s Markets for the delicious food, and the St. Louis Symphony members who provided music for the event - Paula Kasica on the flute, Paul Huppert on violin, and Ken Kulosa on cello.

Guests also enjoyed beautiful artwork done by Mercy residents with the help of Bert Vandermark and Visual Parables. The paintings were available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds going to Mercy Ministries. We hope you enjoy these photos from the event:
Artwork by Mercy residents
Nancy Alcorn casts the vision

Graduates Courtney, Holly, and Jen