Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Friends of Mercy Ministries Show Support in Louisiana!

The dining room of the beautiful Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, Louisiana was filled with excitement as 130 guests came to hear about the work being done at Mercy Ministries. Community Board Member, Terri Trichel welcomed everyone, and Mercy National Board Member Susan Cordell opened the luncheon in prayer. Guests enjoyed an amazing meal while Director of Development, Whitney Cantrell, shared how hurting young women are having their lives transformed and their hope restored at Mercy Ministries.

Whitney Cantrell (left) with Susan Cordell
Crystal, a 2005 graduate then shared about how Mercy helped her overcome a chaotic, abusive childhood and find freedom from an eight-year battle with an eating disorder, self-harm, depression and prescription drug abuse. Crystal is an amazing example of life transformation. After graduating from Mercy, she graduated from college with a degree in nutrition, and she now serves on the Mercy Ministries staff in Monroe as the Nutrition and Fitness Director. Doctors had told Crystal she would never be able to have children, so she was thrilled to share that she and her husband recently had a beautiful baby girl, Macie Grace!

Guests also heard the compelling story of transformation from recent Monroe graduate, Malorie, who grew up under the magnifying glass of being a pastor’s daughter, while struggling with self-harm and other life-controlling issues. She is now completely healed and free, finishing college, mentoring other girls and looking forward to pursuing a music career. Malorie is a talented songwriter and sang two songs for the attendees.
Mercy Graduates Malorie and Crystal
Mercy Graduate Malorie
We are so grateful for those who have faithfully supported Mercy Ministries throughout the years as well as our new friends who embrace the vision and make a commitment give. Your support is essential to seeing the lives of hurting women transformed and restored! We would like to thank James and Dianne Davison for hosting this wonderful event and our Patron Sponsor, O’Nealgas. Special thanks also go to Community Board Member, Stanley Dupuy, Lincoln Flooring and Acoustical and all our partners and table sponsors. Here are some more photos from this memorable event:

Community Board Member, Stanley Dupuy
Whitney Cantrell, Host Dianne Davison, and Community Board Member, Terri Trichel