Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Four More Graduates Completely Transformed!!!

“I’ve learned that God completely heals and restores. He doesn’t just put a band-aid on our wounds,” said recent graduate, Christina. Many of the young women who come to Mercy Ministries have been in various treatment facilities with unsuccessful long-term results. Only Jesus can bring true restoration into the lives of young women who are desperately hurting and searching for something to fill the void they feel in their hearts. Here are the incredible stories of healing and transformation in the lives of four amazing young women who graduated from Mercy Ministries last week:


Lincoln

Christina

My life before Mercy was wrapped up in restricting my food and taking diuretics. I was miserable, and all I cared about was being thin. I was anxious all the time and wanted to die. I was also drinking a lot to numb the pain I was feeling from past sexual abuse. I heard about Mercy Ministries when the Program Director from the Lincoln home spoke at a women’s retreat I attended. I wanted a new life, and I thought Mercy could help me, so I decided to apply.

God truly met me right where I was when I came to Mercy. He helped me to understand that He never abandoned me in those times of abuse. He was there, comforting me. He taught me that He has good plans for my life. I now know who I am in Christ, and I’ve learned that God completely heals and restores. He doesn’t just put a band-aid on our wounds.

After graduation, I plan to work and go to school to get a degree in counseling and youth ministry. I would like to work with girls who are victims of sex trafficking. I would also like to get married and have kids someday.


Brittany

Before coming to Mercy I was very broken, scared and insecure. All I cared about was other people’s opinions about me and gaining their approval. This led to an eating disorder that consumed my life. To numb my pain, I also developed drug and alcohol addictions. I was tired of the lifestyle I was living and was ready for a change. I wanted a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. I heard about Mercy from my Mom and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God completely restored me. I learned to surrender everything to Him and to believe His truths about me – that I am pure, beautiful and a new creation. God showed me that my destiny is bigger than my past mistakes, and that my past does not define who I am. I know now that God’s promises are true.

After graduation, I plan to work and go back to college to get a degree in education so I can teach first grade. I would also really like to be a youth pastor and talk to teenage girls about life-controlling issues in hopes that they won’t have to go through what I did.


St. Louis

Nadia

From a very young age, I was seen as the “tough” one who had it all together, so growing up, I never felt like I could let anyone know about my struggles. I felt like it was not okay for me to have a problem or express any negative emotions to others. I tried to act like I had it all together, but my life was in absolute chaos. I felt like my acceptance was based on my performance, and I spent all of my time hiding an eating disorder. I didn’t believe that I would ever live a life of true freedom and joy. I heard about Mercy from one of my mentors, and I knew I needed God, not just a program, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God overwhelmed me with His love. He has shown me the value of open and honest relationships and how to trust Him and others. God has shown me time and time again that He is faithful to His word and that He wants me to depend and rely on Him for everything. God has also mended the broken relationships with my family. My desire is to worship God and boldly speak His truth!

This summer, I plan to work and get involved in my church. I plan to return to college in the fall to continue pursuing a degree in psychology and sociology.


Sarah

My life before Mercy was chaotic. I was a perfectionist and controlling. I struggled with a lot of anger and self-hatred. When I didn’t live up to my own unrealistic standards, I started self-harming to deal with the failure I felt. When that no longer helped, I began a cycle of bingeing and purging. I also battled depression and suicidal thoughts. I was at a point in my life where I didn’t know what to do. I felt completely out of control. I heard about Mercy from a friend and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God set me free. He taught me that I am loved and that I am worthy. I learned that I am a chosen daughter of the King.

After graduation, I am going back to school to finish my degree in social work. I eventually want to work with youth and in the foster care system.


Congratulations ladies! We are so proud of your commitment to face your issues and fight for freedom!! You are such incredible examples of the healing and restoration that can be found only in Christ. We look forward to hearing how God will use you to help others!