Monday, December 20, 2010

Five More Graduates Restored and Free!

Miracles happen every day at Mercy Ministries as we continue to see transformation and healing in the lives of the young women we serve. The entire staff at Mercy and hundreds of volunteers are dedicated to making sure every broken girl who walks through our doors knows that her future can be one of hope and freedom. Five more amazing young women graduated from our St. Louis home last week and we wanted to share their stories with you.

Marcy

Before coming to Mercy, I was a cutter. I never grieved the loss of my dad, and I felt depressed and hopeless. Self-harm was my way of coping with my pain. The counselor I was seeing told me about Mercy. I wanted to walk with Christ, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has shown me that I am loved and beautiful. Jesus took my punishment, so I don’t have to punish myself. He has shown me I’m a new creation and that He’s always been with me, even in my toughest times.

After graduation, I am going back to school. I believe God has called me to be a police officer and do inner city ministry and prison ministry.


Amanda

Before I came to Mercy, I was sexually and verbally abused. My way of coping was to stuff down my feelings. I struggled with rejection, low self-worth, and feeling unloved. I did not want to forgive my abuser. I heard about Mercy from a friend and decided to apply because I wanted to move on from my past.

While at Mercy, God healed my heart and showed me how faithful and trustworthy He is. I learned to recognize the lies of the devil and replace them with the Truth.

After graduation, I plan to get a job and continue my college education. I would like to be a writer. I also plan on getting involved in my church and community. I know God will use everything that happened in my life for good.


Brittany

Before coming to Mercy, I had a problem with drugs and alcohol. I was a victim of sexual abuse and incest and felt completely lost and depressed. I heard about Mercy from my aunt and uncle and had no place to go, so I applied.

While at Mercy, God has brought me back to life. I can feel again, and I am completely free of drug and alcohol addiction. I am happier than I have ever been. God still does miracles, and my life is proof of that.

After graduation, I plan to go to school. My dream is to one day run my own daycare.


Shannon

I grew up in a Christian home and my family was very involved in our church, but I never really fit in very well at school. I got made fun of a lot and never really had friends. Once I got to high school, the abuse got to be too much, and I started cutting to deal with the pain. I was put on medication for depression and was hospitalized several times for cutting and suicidal thoughts. My parents did all they could, but nothing seemed to help. After high school, I started partying and going to raves. I became very promiscuous and struggled with drugs and alcohol. I heard about Mercy from my mother, and I applied because I felt powerless to change my life on my own.

While at Mercy, God has shown me that even when I mess up, He loves me just the same. God has completely taken away my anxiety, and I am completely free of any medication. I have learned to rely on the strength of God and have hope for the first time in years.

After graduation, I plan to attend the Discipleship Training School through Youth With a Mission, so that I can help other teens dealing with life-controlling issues.


Holly

From a very early age, I struggled with my identity and comparing myself with others. I felt like I could never measure up which led to a deep self-hatred. I was angry with myself and my family and got heavily involved in substance abuse. As I got older, I got involved in unhealthy relationships with men who sexually abused me. I heard about Mercy from my pastor and believed it was the best place to receive God’s help with my issues.

Since coming to Mercy, I know that God knows me personally, and He truly loves me. I believe He has a future full of good things for me. I am growing in His Word and it’s powerful and alive inside of me. I believe that God will do what He says He will do.

After graduation, I’m going to apply to colleges. I also plan to get more involved with my church and use my gifts for God’s glory. I really want to step out and reach others for Christ.


Congratulations ladies! We are so excited to see you leave Mercy with a passion for life that is contagious as you reach out to others who are in need of His healing! We are excited to see where the Lord will take you in this next season of your life!