Friday, December 10, 2010

More Graduates Have Their Hope Restored!

We have three new graduates at Mercy Ministries who have shown incredible courage and determination as they learned to leave the past behind and embrace the future that God has for them. One of these inspiring young women escaped the horrific crime of sex trafficking and is now looking forward to her new future of freedom! Residents, staff, family, and friends celebrated at our California home yesterday and we wanted to share these inspirational stories of hope and healing with you.

Priscilla

Before Mercy, I struggled with an eating disorder, drug and alcohol addiction, self-harm, and depression. I was a victim of sex trafficking and managed to escape but later found myself pregnant by a casual friend. I gave my daughter up for adoption but my life was chaotic. It was a dark and scary time and I didn’t know or care about God. I heard about Mercy at a Barlow Girl concert and decided to get help.

During my time at Mercy, God has shown me that I am not an accident. The times of praise and worship really helped me to seek Him and feel His presence. He has also given me a deep appreciation for the Bible. Jesus is my true love and I’m excited to share His hope with others back home.

After graduation, I am going to St. Louis Christian College to get an Urban Missions degree.


Rebecca

Before I came to Mercy I was controlled by bulimia and depression. I hated myself and my life. Trying to fit in at school and competition with my older brother led to poor self-esteem and chronic dieting. I didn’t think anyone could help me, but I heard about Mercy from my aunt and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I learned the tools I needed to walk in freedom. I have confidence in myself because of who I am in Christ.

After graduation, I plan to finish my degree in psychology. I also want to pursue singing and acting.


Tierra

Before Mercy, depression, self-harm, and an eating disorder took over my life. It was my way of coping with the physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse of my past. Because of the abuse, I hated men and didn’t trust them. I heard about Mercy from some of my friends and decided to give God one last try.

While at Mercy, I learned that God is a protector, restorer, redeemer, friend, and a very present help in times of need. God is good and He loves me and nothing can separate me from His love. I have value and deserve good things.

After graduation, I plan to work to save money so I can attend the International House of Prayer University, Forerunner School of Ministry in August.

Congratulations Priscilla, Rebecca, and Tierra! We are so proud of your commitment to face your issues and fight for freedom!! You’ve shown heart and determination in the journey to regain your life and we are very excited to see you live out your freedom!