Friday, April 15, 2011

Nashville Home Hosts Friends of Mercy Luncheon

Nashville Friends of Mercy Luncheon
It is amazing to see how God continues to move in the hearts of people who take time out of their busy schedules to learn more about Mercy Ministries. Churches, businesses, college students and many others across the state of Tennessee are embracing the vision of Mercy and showing their support. More than 65 special guests attended the Friends of Mercy Luncheon at the Nashville home yesterday and heard about the work being done to help hurting young women have their lives transformed and hope restored.

Those who attended were moved to tears by the testimonies of current resident, Jordan, and recent Mercy graduate, Jena. Jordan grew up in a Christian home and was very involved in her church, but after her parents divorced, her life began to unravel and she got involved in an unhealthy relationship with a much older man. She came to Mercy feeling hurt and unloved, but now Jordan is full of joy and hope for the future. She is graduating today and will finish her senior year in high school before heading off to college to prepare for full-time ministry.

Nashville Mercy resident, Jordan
Recent graduate, Jena, shared her powerful story of growing up in a very legalistic environment where she never felt she could meet God’s expectations. She got involved with drugs and alcohol and her identity became completely wrapped up in a man she was involved with. When he was killed trying to stop a robbery, she wanted to die too. She began selling her body for drugs and continued a downward spiral. In the depths of despair, she remembered her pastor telling her about Mercy and decided to apply. Jena is now completely healed and free and is serving in youth ministry at her church.

Mercy graduate, Jena
Following the luncheon, the Nashville residents gave tours of their beautiful home and shared what life is like in the Mercy program.

Touring the Nashville home

EndSexTrafficking Volunteer Kristy Spring with TSU Student Leaders

Brian Westerman, Crystal Watson, Angela Wilson, and Lee Wilson

Director of Development Whitney Cantrell with guests from Trevecca Nazarene University

Community Relations Manager, Whitney Nall (left) with event sponsor, Lisa Kelley

Mercy Artist Partners Christa DeJarnett (left) and Cortni Rochelle (right)
We would like to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to come and hear about the young women at Mercy Ministries who are having their lives transformed and hope restored. Special thanks to Lisa Kelley of White Chocolate Visual Media who generously sponsored this event. If you would like to know more about how you can support Mercy Ministries, or would like to tour a home in your area, call (615) 831-6987 or email us at for more information.