Friday, November 5, 2010

Three More Graduates Restored and Free!

Many of the hurting young women who come to Mercy Ministries feel abandoned and alone. The three girls who graduated from our Nashville home yesterday all had strained or broken relationships with family and friends. Thursday’s graduation was not just a celebration of God’s healing in their lives but restoration in their relationships as well. We wanted to share their powerful stories with you:

Rachel

Before I was born, my birth father died of a drug overdose. My mom remarried and I was raised in a Christian family and went to church. When I was 7, I was diagnosed with ADHD and by age 9 I was put on medication. At age 10, my nephew died from SIDS and at the funeral, I saw my dad’s grave for the first time. I felt abandoned by him and I began to withdraw from my stepfather as well. Around that time, I saw one of my aunts cutting, and by age 11, I too began cutting to deal with my pain. I also struggled with an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts. I applied to Mercy because I felt that without help, I would die.

While at Mercy, God completely healed me of my eating disorder and took away my desire to self-harm. He has shown me that my value is in Him. God has also shown me that He gave me a stepfather to be a dad to me! God has not just restored my life but also the life of my family!

After graduation, I will finish high school, get involved with my church, and take a leadership role in my youth group. Being at Mercy has truly changed my life. Thank you!


Ashley

When I was in 8th grade, my family split up and I moved in with my mom. I was very depressed and believed my family didn’t really want me. My senior year of high school, I dropped out and moved in with my boyfriend. I got pregnant and decided to give my baby boy up for adoption, but I was devastated. My relationships with my family continued to be strained and I moved around a lot. I even lived in a homeless shelter at one point. My father believed I was mentally incompetent and wanted me to sign away all of my rights but then my mother stepped in and told me about Mercy. She helped me apply and I’m so glad I did!

While at Mercy, God has shown me that I am His daughter. I have learned that it is okay to grieve about giving up my son and that I am a new creation in Christ. God has been faithful to restore many of my relationships with my family.

After graduation I plan to go to cosmetology school and one day I hope to fulfill my dream of owning a salon. I am so happy to have my life back!


Blair

When I was very young, I was sexually abused by a family member. At that same time, my grandparents died. I didn’t understand what was happening and I began to distance myself from everyone.  My parents divorced and things got worse.  As a teenager, I was sexually abused by another family member and eventually I moved away from my family.  I felt abandoned and unloved by my parents, so I tried to gain that love by becoming very promiscuous. I also got involved with prostitution and drugs. When I was 17, a loving Christian family took me in and told me about Mercy Ministries. I decided to apply because I really wanted to be in a place where I could get alone with God, be myself, and be accepted.

During my time at Mercy, God has shown me how much He loves me and how far He will go for me. I have learned to forgive those who have hurt me and that if I put my trust in God, He will do things in my life that I could never do on my own. I’ve learned that my God is a BIG GOD and that He can handle anything!

After graduation, I plan to go to Christ For The Nations College to study missions. I want to be a missionary and work with sex trafficking victims. I would love to get married and have a family one day.


Congratulations Rachel, Ashley, and Blair! We thank God for what He is doing in each of your lives and look forward to the future He has for you!