Friday, March 11, 2011

Mercy Ministries Celebrates Five More Graduates!

The hurting young women who come to Mercy Ministries hear about the program a number of different ways, but it is always God who leads and directs them. Mariah, a recent graduate from our California home received a copy of Mercy’s Magazine in the mail when she was going through a time of darkness. She had never heard of Mercy and had no idea why she received the magazine, but after reading through it, she knew God was showing her where to find help and freedom. Mariah along with four other amazing young women graduated this week and we wanted to share their powerful stories of transformation with you.

Monroe

Alicia

Before coming to Mercy, my life was consumed with drug addiction. I didn’t care about anyone or anything; I was walking death. I stole anything and everything I could just to get high. My husband died of a cocaine overdose and I began to use even more to numb my pain. I have three children and I was letting drugs control my life. My mom heard about Mercy Ministries on a Joyce Meyer program and told me about it so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I developed a relationship with God. God showed me that I can live my life without drugs and be a great mom. While at Mercy I was able to forgive people I never thought I could, including myself. My life has been restored and transformed and I have a renewed hope. I know I can enjoy my life again and teach my children how to live godly lives and use wisdom when making decisions. Thanks to everyone who supports Mercy, because without you none of this would have been possible.

After graduation, I want to pursue ministry and be a great mother to my children. I want to thank the Mercy staff for their love and encouragement. I also want to thank Nancy for being obedient to the call of God in starting this ministry so that I could come to a place where I could truly be healed.

Destinee

Before coming to Mercy, I had been sexually abused, was self-harming, and was seriously addicted to meth. It was destroying my life and my family. The meth controlled me. It was all I thought about and all I wanted. I would do anything to get it and I didn’t care who I hurt in the process. I read about Mercy in a Joyce Meyer Magazine. I had hit rock bottom, but I wanted freedom so I decided to apply.

Since coming to Mercy, I have realized that I am worth something and God made me exactly who I am for a purpose. I learned His opinion is the only one that matters and that He is proud of me. God has a purpose for my life and He does not make mistakes. There is a reason I am here and what the enemy meant for evil, God will use for good.

After graduation, I plan to become a dental assistant. I would also like to go to college to become a dental hygienist. I would like to thank Mercy and all of the staff for taking the time to care for me and be a blessing in my life.


Lincoln

Lindsey

Before coming to Mercy, I struggled with depression and an eating disorder as the result of sexual abuse. I carried a lot of guilt, shame, unforgiveness and pain. I felt trapped and didn’t know where to go when my Mom found Mercy on the internet and told me about it. I knew my problems were more than I could handle alone. I needed to experience God on a whole new level, so I applied.

I have been overwhelmed with what God has done for me while at Mercy. I have a completely different perspective on God. It doesn’t matter the situation or circumstance, He is the only one that can bring healing, restoration and redemption. There are no words that can explain the transformation I experienced here and how many people at Mercy have touched my life.

After graduation, I plan to go to YWAM for six months and then back to college to pursue a degree in counseling and ministry with a minor in nutrition. I want to reach others with God’s love and show them that God can heal and restore them no matter what the situation or circumstance. Mercy Ministries has been the best thing that has ever happened to me!


Mariah

Before coming to Mercy, I was physically and sexually abused. As a result, I struggled with anorexia, depression, self-harm and an addiction to pornography. I had no desire to live and I felt like no one could help me. A Mercy Magazine arrived in the mail and my mom and I had no idea what it was or how we got on the mailing list. When we read through it, we knew it was from God and that I was supposed to go there.

While at Mercy, I learned to love myself inside and out. I no longer feel like my identity is in what has happened in the past. I have forgiven those who abused me and I have true freedom. I am so happy to be free!

After graduation, I plan to go to college and get a master’s degree in theology. I love children and might one day become a children’s counselor.

Rio



Before coming to Mercy, I struggled with many life-controlling issues as a result of years of sexual abuse and the loss of my family. I struggled with anorexia, depression, drug and alcohol addiction and self-harm. I was numbing my pain and had no moral compass because of my upbringing and abandonment. I knew I needed God’s help or I would keep repeating the same old patterns. I heard about Mercy from a friend and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God restored my hopes, dreams and compassion. He has given me the ability to look beyond my circumstances and know that He has plans for me. God has caused me fall in love with Him. He has filled the emptiness I’ve felt all my life.

There are lots of things I plan to pursue after graduation. I am planning to go to college and someday I want to start a ministry to help end human trafficking. God has used Mercy to bring me to a place in life I never imagined was possible. I have dreams for the future and a desire to change the world for God.


These amazing stories were an encouragement and blessing to all of the residents, staff, family and friends who attended graduation. The girls at the California home really enjoyed celebrating their special day with Mercy Ministries Executive Director, Christy Singleton, as well as Buzz Oates, key supporter of Mercy Ministries who gave $2.5 million and the land for the building of the California home.
Buzz Oates with California Graduates
Congratulations to all of our recent graduates! We thank God for what He is doing in each of your lives and look forward to the future He has for you!