Friday, July 15, 2011

Mercy Ministries Graduates Change the World!!

Mercy staff, Katelyn and Nandi
After two years of planning and praying, a dream is finally coming true! Next Wednesday, July 20th, two Mercy staff members, Katelyn and Nandi (pictured right) will be leading a team of 16 Mercy Ministries graduates to serve on a mission trip in Kampala, Uganda! Many of the girls who graduate from Mercy Ministries have a heart to give back and share the hope they have found, not just in their communities, but around the world.

This amazing group is partnering with Watoto Ministries – a community that provides a holistic home environment, as well as quality education to children that have been orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic in Africa (www.watoto.com). As a part of Mercy Ministries’ missions giving, we have had the privilege of building two homes for orphans in conjunction with Watoto. Now our dedicated team of staff and graduates will be traveling to Uganda for the purpose of building a set of four classrooms for the children in Kampala. Each team member worked diligently to raise the financial support to cover the cost of the trip as well as everything needed to build the four classrooms.

One of the graduates going on this mission trip, Aubrey, is an incredible artist! God restored Aubrey’s love for art and painting while she was a resident at Mercy, and now as a graduate, Aubrey uses her artwork to express what God is doing in her life and heart! Over the last few months, Aubrey made a special painting that expressed her heart for this mission trip. Here is what Aubrey wrote about her artwork entitled Marks of Mercy:

“Isaiah 61 reveals the hope of transformation through faith in Jesus, and His desire to redeem His children. My sin had made me a prisoner and I was a slave to my addictions. Yet in that place of captivity, my broken heart encountered the tangible love of Jesus through Mercy Ministries. Isaiah 61 is not only a testimony of what Jesus has done in my life and what He desires to do in the lives of every one of His children, but it is a commission to share the love of Christ with a lost and dying world. Every word in Isaiah 61 seems to resonate with the heart of Watoto. The picture is of the entire continent because I believe that when children receive the love of Christ and are taught to make Him the Lord of their life, it changes the course of a generation, that generation changes a nation, which can impact a continent to become a beacon of hope to the rest of the world... all for His glory!”

Thank you so much to all our supporters who help girls like Aubrey and the rest of our team of graduates have their lives transformed by the unconditional love of Christ. Your investment in these young women produces a ripple effect that has a global impact. Please pray with us for the people of Watoto, safe travel, that the team would stay healthy as they work and serve and that God would use each one of them mightily in the lives of the people they come into contact with.

If you would like to keep up with our team while they are in Uganda, you can visit their blog at www.mercygoestouganda.blogspot.com. They will be sharing photos, quotes, prayer requests, praise reports and general updates on all that God is doing in and through the team.