Monday, February 28, 2011

Three More Incredible Transformations at Mercy Ministries!

“I now know what it looks like to be a victorious and mighty woman of God,” said recent Mercy Ministries graduate Rachael. Rachael celebrated her new identity in Christ with two other amazing young women, Rachelle and Andrea, as they all graduated from the California home last week. These three beautiful young women have truly been transformed by the unconditional love of Christ, and we wanted to share their stories with you:


Rachael

Before coming to Mercy, I was angry with God. I struggled with self-harm, depression and alcohol addiction. I manipulated everyone and sought attention from men to see what I could get out of them. I hated everything about my life and felt I had become a monster. A friend of mine read Nancy’s book, “Mercy Moves Mountains,” and gave me the application. I already had my death planned, but I figured I would give God one last chance.

While at Mercy, I was shown grace, hope and unconditional love. God has completely transformed my mind, body and soul! I’ve learned He truly loves me and never leaves me. Joy and peace beyond understanding are mine, and I’m equipped through Christ to handle any situation or circumstance I face. I now know what it looks like to be a victorious and mighty woman of God. Thank you!

After graduation, I’m going into discipleship training with Master’s Commission for a year. Someday, I’d like to come back and work for Mercy as a counselor.



Rachelle

A family member began sexually abusing me when I was five years old. Though I was very young, I began restricting my food. I was very performance based growing up and strove to be the perfect girl. After being rejected at a modeling and acting event as a teenager, the eating disorder behaviors got worse. I then began to struggle with depression and isolation. The only things that existed to me were food, calories, weight and excessive exercise. I read about Mercy on the internet, and I knew I needed help, so I decided to apply.

Not only has God restored my health, He has restored my joy and transformed my mind. I learned that who I am is not based on what others think or say, but what God says about me. I learned that my acceptance comes from Christ, not from man. God’s love fills every void in my heart. I really am a new creation!

After graduation, I plan to attend college while working part time. I want to pursue degrees in youth ministry, music ministry and psychology. I have a passion to counsel teen girls, and I hope one day to write a book to raise awareness about eating disorders and have it made into a film.


Andrea

Before coming to Mercy, I struggled with self-harm. I was very depressed and saw no hope for my future. I was angry and mad at the world and God. I would lie and steal regularly with no remorse. I got very good at putting on a mask and pretending I didn’t care about anything, but I was afraid that if I didn’t change, my family would give up on me. I heard about Mercy from a friend and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I learned that I am loved and valued by God. I now have reason to live!

After graduation, I plan to move to Georgia and look for a new job.


Congratulations Rachael, Rachelle, and Andrea! You are an amazing group of young women and we look forward to seeing all that God has in store for you!