Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Special Woman Visits Mercy Ministries

This week, residents at our Sacramento home enjoyed meeting Marcia Bethke, a woman with a huge heart for young people. Marcia and her husband Kyle oversee the student ministries and internship program at Sunset Christian Center in Rocklin, California. Sunset Christian Center is the home church of our California residents and some of our graduates intern with the Bethkes after graduating. Marcia has also worked with the counseling staff at Mercy Ministries to help establish accountability partners for the girls who stay in the Sacramento area after graduation.

Marcia’s words about standing firm in Christ were such an encouragement to everyone. She spoke to the girls about being ready when temptation comes. She reminded them that Mercy is equipping them with the tools they need to stand firm and in Christ they are victorious. She also encouraged them that nothing can separate them from the love of Christ and that even when they fall, He will be there. The girls were impacted by her powerful message and loved her sweet personality.

I really liked Marcia’s analogy that who we are in Christ is like an anchor keeping a ship in place during a storm. That really gave me strength and hope. - Sarah

Marcia has such wisdom and her joy in the Lord made me yearn for a deeper relationship with Him. Her words helped equip me for everyday life as well as the future. – Ellen

Marcia’s teaching today reminded be that after I graduate from Mercy I will still face temptations, but now I have the tools and knowledge to defeat Satan and his lies and live a victorious life. – Candace
Marcia Bethke (second from left) with some of our residents

To learn more about Marcia Bethke and Sunset Christian Center, visit www.sunsetchristiancenter.org.