Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mercy Ministries Gives Back in St. Louis

Our residents are so impacted by the outpouring of support they receive here at Mercy and are always eager for a chance to give back. Our St. Louis residents serve their community with Joyce Meyer’s Prison Ministry, Hand of Hope, located just 10 minutes from our St. Louis home! The girls volunteer three hours a month, assembling gift bags that include personal hygiene items and books. They load several pallets full of these bags, which are then distributed to over 2,500 prisons in 32 countries. These basic hygiene products, like soap and shampoo, are something most prisoners can’t afford and are often the very thing that opens the hearts of these men and women to the love of Christ.

We are so thankful for Joyce and her husband Dave, who helped open our St. Louis home in 2005, and our residents truly enjoy being a part of their prison ministry. What a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to a community that so generously supports Mercy Ministries!

Here’s what some of our residents had to say about volunteering with the Joyce Meyer Prison Ministry:

I enjoy being able to give back and help reach other people like me who have been overlooked. When I help with the prison ministry, it reminds me that God loves everyone, regardless of what they have done, because we are all His sons and daughters. - Cassandra

Volunteering at Joyce Meyer Ministries gives me the opportunity to plant seeds of hope, love and truth into the lives of people I most likely will never meet. Through serving I get to take the focus off myself and be a representative of Christ. - Nadia

Mark 9:35 says it perfect. "If you want to be first you must be the very last and a servant to all." Through volunteering at Joyce Meyer Ministries I am learning to operate out of the very heart of God. I am learning to look outside of myself and to bless others. - Sarah