Monday, April 11, 2011

Mercy Graduate Organizes College Campus Event – Check It Out!!!

When Kim walked through the doors of Mercy Ministries in 2007, she had been devastated by the past. Abused and abandoned from the time she was a little girl, Kim began using self-harm to cope with her pain, and eventually, she became suicidal. While at Mercy, God completely transformed Kim’s life and restored her hope. He showed her that He had a plan for her life and that He was going to use it for His glory. What she went through was not in vain!

Kim graduated from Mercy in 2008, and we are excited to tell you that on May 14th, she will be graduating from college! She is an amazing ambassador for Christ in her community, making a difference in the lives of local high school students, her college classmates and even the faculty and staff at her college campus. Here is her recent letter to our Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn…

Hi Nancy,

I wanted to send you an update on what's going on in my life. Let me start off by saying that God is truly moving! The prayer of Jabez is a very powerful prayer, because I feel like my territory is truly expanding.

Last month, I had the privilege of putting on my first fashion show with 15 girls from the local high school. Being given that opportunity was truly a blessing, because the Lord reminded me how these kids just truly want someone to love on them. We may have started out rocky (LOL), but in the end they were just amazing!

This month’s event, which I have been working on since last year, is coming together and will take place on April 28th and 29th. The Lord gave me a vision last year about unity on our campus as well as in the community. I feel like our college campuses - all levels of education - are being attacked. There is something about these college campuses, where students actually live, that has the enemy just running so rampant and leaving our students confused, hopeless, homicidal and suicidal. For the past few evenings, I have just found myself walking and praying over our campus, and as I am writing you, your words come to mind, which are, "God did not instruct the government to do what we were called to do as believers." I paraphrased a little, but He called us. As I walk, you would be amazed at what I see and what I hear. There are just so many masks, and it just breaks my heart, but I am thankful for the promises as well as the plans.

On April 28th I have put together a testimony dinner called "Food for the Soul," where students, faculty and staff will be sharing their testimonies, and I am actually one of the speakers for that night. I normally don’t share my story with large crowds like this on our campus, so I ask that you be in prayer. I am praying that people will see that they are not alone. On that Friday, we actually have some Christian poets flying in from Los Angeles. We will also have a live band, games and things like that to bring everyone together. There will also be a charge going forth to our leaders on campus, faculty and staff, to let them know that the positions they serve in should not be taken lightly. They are an opportunity to help uplift and encourage the students and community. There will also be a lighting of candles towards the end where students can decide to turn from their old ways and embrace something better and more tangible - someone who won’t fail them, and that’s Jesus. I think it’s going to be really good! Many of the leaders on my campus are truly backing me up in ways I would never have imagined. I just feel like heaven is opening up and pouring out resources for this event!

Last but not least, I will be graduating from college on May 14th! I just took my senior pictures today and announcements will be out soon.
I pray all is well with Mercy Ministries as well as yourself. I know you are pretty busy, but don’t forget to take time to rest. I am truly grateful for the things that you do, and the opportunities that you give us ladies! Thank you for simply answering the call when we needed you and Mercy. Because the doors of Mercy were opened to me three years ago, I am now trying to open doors for others by sharing the very thing that the enemy wanted to steal from me, my voice and my testimony! Thank you and may God continue to bless you, open doors for you, and continue to provide, for the Lord truly loves Mercy.
God bless......love you and please tell everyone I said hello. – Kim

What an amazing young woman of God! One changed life definitely produces a ripple effect. Kim is a great example of Mercy being multiplied and we are so proud of all she is allowing the Lord to do through her on her campus and in her community. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation Kim! We are so proud of you!

To see a short video of Kim sharing her testimony at a recent Mercy luncheon, click HERE. Kim was also featured in the “Graduates Give Back” section of our latest magazine. You can see the magazine online at http://www.mercyministries.org/shared/flash/Magazines/2011/.