Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Three More Lives Transformed in St. Louis!

The world tells hurting young women that the best they can hope for is to learn to cope with life-controlling issues. What God says all throughout His Word is that you can be healed, restored and free! Recent Mercy Ministries graduate, Sarah, testified to this truth, saying, “I came [to Mercy] hoping to learn to cope without using self-harm, but the Lord has given me complete freedom!” Sarah and two other amazing young women graduated from the St. Louis home last week with their lives transformed and hope restored. Here are their incredible stories:


Sarah

I was molested at the age of eight. When I was 15, my mom and two of my cousins died. I held in all the hurt and pain from these events and for emotional release, I self-harmed. I was always depressed and often thought about suicide. I heard about Mercy from a friend, and I knew the Lord had freedom for me, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has done an amazing transformation in my life. I came hoping to learn to cope without using self-harm, but the Lord has given me complete freedom! He has given me confidence and revealed His everlasting love for me!

After graduation, I plan to finish college, and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me. Mercy is an amazing program! God is definitely changing lives.


Kayla

I was physically, emotionally and sexually abused growing up and felt rejected and abandoned. My mother terminated her rights when I was 16, and I went to live with an adoptive family. I struggled with self-harm, an eating disorder and substance abuse as I tried to make the pain go away. I didn’t see a point to life and felt like I had lost everything. I heard about Mercy through a family friend, and I wanted a better relationship with God, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God totally transformed me. I’m not insecure because I have found my confidence and security in Him. I realized God chose me and loves me with no strings attached, and I can't do anything to lose that. He will never leave nor forsake me.

After graduation, I look forward to working as a nanny. I don't know where I would be today if I didn’t come to Mercy.


Nicole

I became a people pleaser and perfectionist at a young age and felt the need to be in control of everything. After moving a lot and having trouble adjusting, I fell into addiction and an eating disorder. Eventually, doctors diagnosed me with several disorders, and after many months in psychiatric hospitals, I was told I would probably live in one the rest of my life. I ended up getting into more trouble through the years and was sexually abused, raped and arrested four times. At the age of 25, I found myself in psychiatric care again. I knew I needed Mercy, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has shown me that love and forgiveness is not a feeling but a choice, and regardless of how hard I work or mess up, it does not change how He feels about me. He finds me beautiful and captivating just the way I am. He has broken 26 years of bondage to perfectionism and people pleasing. When I took my eyes off myself, put them on Him and gave Him control, I realized I didn’t have to be afraid anymore. I found my identity in Christ and I know who I am and where I belong-with Him!

After graduation, I will be working and finishing my degree. I would like to get involved in helping children with special needs and inner city kids. I am also getting married next year! God is so good!


Congratulations Sarah, Kayla and Nicole! We are so proud of the courage and determination you have shown on this journey! We are cheering you on as you take hold of the abundant life God has for you!