Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Six More Graduates Restored and Free!

The amazing young women who graduate from Mercy Ministries have been moved off a path of destruction onto a road that leads to a bright future. They are literally brought from death into life! Each of the recent graduates from our Monroe and California homes had their lives transformed and hope restored while at Mercy Ministries. These young women are now full of hope and new life because of the unfailing love of God. Here are their incredible stories:

Monroe

Camalyn

I grew up in a Christian home and was very involved in church. I was a good kid who always tried to keep everyone happy but I still felt like I was never enough for anyone. I wasn’t cool, popular and pretty like my sisters. My sophomore year in high school, a friend introduced me to alcohol. While in college, I developed an eating disorder and then began cutting with any sharp object I could get my hands on. I dreamed of death and had plans of suicide. I heard about Mercy from a friend and decided to apply. I was far away from God but I knew that He was the only one who could fix the mess I had made out of my life.

While at Mercy, God drew me in. As I grew in my walk with Him, I began to see that the lifestyle I had been living was not part of His design at all and I gave Him every area of my life. I learned that it is impossible to step out of God’s reach. Nothing is too big or too bad for Him. He will take our mistakes and use them as a testimony to His perfect love and grace.

After graduation, I plan to finish my music degree and minor in photography and psychology. I want to live my life for the glory of God. To the supporters of Mercy Ministries: Thank you! My life would not have changed without this place that you lovingly support. God bless you! To those who are hurting: there is a God who heals all wounds and He loves you immeasurably. Your past does not define you, and you are never beyond God’s love and Mercy.

Marlena

Before I came to Mercy, I was hiding away from the world and everyone in it because I felt freakish and unlovable. I was born with physical birth defects and got an artificial leg when I was just fourteen months old. As I got older, I became a perfect target for the cruel words of my classmates. I believed I was a freak and struggled for years with depression and thoughts of suicide. I was very lonely and while in college, the anger and bitterness I was carrying about my disability grew stronger. For two years I spent most of my time in my dorm and eventually my parents came and took me home. I refused to get a job and hid in my room. Eventually, I ended up homeless at the Downtown Rescue Mission. During the six months I was at the Mission, I heard about Mercy from a counselor and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God showed me that He loves me and that I am worthy of love. I know that even with my scars, God sees me as His beautiful Beloved and I am no longer angry. My relationship with my parents has also been restored.

After graduation, I’m looking forward to being independent. I plan to get a job and I would really like to be an event planner. I want to plan conferences that will inspire people to want to know God better and serve Him more.


Paulette

I was sexually molested at a very young age and as a teenager I became very promiscuous. I also started using drugs and alcohol and became depressed and suicidal. I was raped on two different occasions and got involved in the occult where I began to worship Satan. I hated God, but a few months later, I went to live with my pastor’s family and she told me about Mercy Ministries. I was tired of struggling with all of my issues and decided to apply. I wanted to be free and felt I had nothing to lose.

It took some time, but while at Mercy, I allowed myself to open up to God. I realized that I didn’t want my old life anymore, I wanted the life God wanted for me. I thought that I was a lost cause, but God has done such an incredible work in me. Seven months ago, I wouldn’t have been able to believe that it was possible, but now I can say that I LOVE God and I am proud to be His daughter. He has given me hope and set me free. I now understand that He is a God of second chances.

After graduation, I plan to get my GED and join the Air National Guard. I then plan to go to Delgado Community College to become a chef.


Lincoln

Nadine

Before Mercy my life was ruled by shame and depression. I had been sexually abused as a child and felt as though I carried the weight of that wherever I went. My life was a roller coaster of ups and downs as I tried to run from the reality and pain of the abuse and other disappointments in my life. I self-harmed to escape the pain and worked hard to keep up appearances. My whole life was built on secrets and lies. I had a lot of hatred towards myself and contemplated suicide on a daily basis. I was completely hopeless and broken when I heard about Mercy from friends and family and decided to apply.

God has done an amazing work in my life here at Mercy. He met me in my pain, and transformed the mess in my mind and the brokenness of my heart. He has freed me from the grip of addiction, shame and depression, and the pain from my past. He has restored my hope, given me purpose and the desire to live. I’ve learned the truth about who God is and truth of who I am in Him. I’ve been equipped to live a life of victory and freedom!

After graduation, I am planning to work for a year to get myself financially stable and settled and then pursue a degree in midwifery. In the long term, I want to work as a midwife, become a wife and mother and be involved in overseas mission work.


Chandra

I was sexually abused as a child and grew up with a lot of confusion. I struggled with depression, and fear was my close companion. I also struggled with self-harm and was on a path of destruction. I heard about Mercy on a Christian radio station and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has changed my life. I’ve felt the healing hand of God and He’s healed a lot of emotional wounds. He has set me free from the spirit of death and fear.

After graduation, I plan to go to college and get degrees in business and social work.


Caitlin

Before coming to Mercy, I struggled with bulimia, self- harm and depression. I had been verbally and sexually abused and eventually became suicidal. I heard about Mercy from a friend who had graduated from the program and she strongly recommended it, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God revealed Himself to me in a new way! I have learned that He is a personal, loving God.

After graduation, I plan to get a degree in cyber security/computer forensics. With that degree I plan on pursuing my dream of working with the F.B.I.



Congratulations ladies! Your positive choices, growing faith and ongoing transformation are so evident and we look forward to seeing your futures unfold.