Friday, February 18, 2011

St. Louis Celebrates Two More Lives Transformed!

After years of struggling with severe depression and self-hatred, two more beautiful young women have had their lives transformed by God’s unconditional love. Aspyn and Monique both struggled with hating themselves and figured God must hate them too. But while at Mercy, their hearts were healed, and they learned they are beloved daughters of the King! Family and friends gathered together at the St. Louis home this week to celebrate their graduation from the Mercy program. We wanted to share their stories of hope and freedom with you:

Aspyn

I was sexually abused several times during my childhood. Each time I told a trusted adult; unfortunately, no one ever talked to me about the shame and sexual struggles that would come. By the time I was a young adult, I became severely depressed. I hated myself and engaged in unhealthy friendships and relationships. I went through counseling but concluded that God simply did not love me. I heard about Mercy from a staff member at a local church and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I have learned that God does love me. He cares very deeply for me. I learned to let my walls down and allow others into my life to love me as well. I also learned that I do not have to carry my past shame and that God has an amazing future planned just for me.

After graduation, I plan to work as a nanny while pursuing my desire to sing and play guitar for the worship team at my church. I also aspire to speak publicly about Christ and His unfailing love.

Monique

I was physically and sexually abused when I was young. I had a very low self-esteem, and when my parents divorced, I felt like it was my fault. I began using self-harm and misusing medication to try and suppress my feelings. I was afraid of relationships with people and struggled with depression. I heard about Mercy from the wife of my youth pastor and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has taught me to trust Him and other people. He has taught me about His forgiveness, and now I am able to be open with Him about everything. I can be the woman He created me to be and don’t have to hide. I am free from all my addictions!

After graduation, I plan to go to college and get a degree in social work. One day I hope to talk to other young women about God’s love for them. I want them to know they are beautiful and that God has a purpose for them.

Congratulations Aspyn and Monique! We are so glad you made the decision to trust God for your healing. We look forward to all that He has in store for you as you spread the truth of His love to others!