Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pastor Penny Maxwell Keeps it Real!!!

Pastor Penny Maxwell
“The worst situation will get the biggest solution from God,” said special guest speaker, Pastor Penny Maxwell. We were so honored to have Penny visit the Nashville home yesterday and share her empowering message of overcoming past abuse. Her open and honest approach really ministered to the girls and they appreciated her transparent answers to their questions. Here’s what some of them had to say about Penny’s message:

I really enjoyed her teaching. I loved her example of how God has something better for us than we can even imagine. God did that for me when I was praying about placing my son for adoption. I wanted him to be in a family that already had kids. God gave me a family with 7! - Hannah

I thought Penny’s message was a great reminder of just how big God is. When we have something in mind that seems great, God has something even bigger and better for us that we can’t even imagine. We can’t put God in a box or reduce Him to a situation, because He has so much more for our lives if we trust Him. - Becca

This message reminded me that I am loved by the Lord all the time, even when I don’t feel it. God is so much bigger than anorexia. He does have a plan for my life. - Abbey

This teaching was absolutely amazing! I loved how real and honest Penny was; it was a lot more powerful than someone just giving a generic religious or spiritual answer. - Amanda

What impacted me most was her testimony. She encouraged us to look toward our futures, not at our pain. God wants better for us than we want for ourselves. This was so inspiring for me to hear right now in this season of life. I will not forget Penny’s story. - Monica

Here is what Penny had to say about visiting our Nashville home:

“The whole experience was overwhelming on so many levels! I could see from the amazing facilities that Mercy is committed to excellence—and then I met the girls. They are so smart and so beautiful, and they had deep, heart-connecting questions for me. I was honored to spend time with them, hug them and pray with them. Their stories resonated with me, and I felt overwhelmed by their pain. But at the same time, I felt elation and joy, because I know that through Mercy Ministries, those girls are experiencing the answer that their hearts have cried out for.” - Penny Maxwell

Penny and her husband, Troy, are the co-pastors of Freedom House Church in Charlotte, NC and personal friends of Mercy Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn. Penny is also in the process of writing a book about how God healed and transformed her life. The Maxwells and Freedom House Church have been amazing supporters of Mercy Ministries and we are so grateful for their partnership. We look forward to a future home in Charlotte, NC!