Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Five More Amazing Graduates Transformed By Love!

Mercy Ministries exists to help hurting young women experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness and life-transforming power. Last week, five more amazing girls in the Nashville home graduated from the program and celebrated their freedom with staff, family and friends. Each of them has been transformed from broken, hurting and wounded people into strong, confident women who know they have a hope and a future. Here are their amazing testimonies of restoration:

Allie

Before coming to Mercy, I was extremely isolated and had extreme social anxiety. My life was controlled by a severe eating disorder, and my value depended on how thin I felt that day. I was struggling with having been raped and sexually abused on several occasions. I didn’t have much hope for my life. I felt like I was dying on the inside, and I desired to die on the outside as well. I heard about Mercy from a counselor and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God taught me that my value does not come from a scale, it comes from being a daughter of the Most High King. I know I have a choice as to whether or not I believe the enemy’s lies. God taught me that He has an amazing plan for my life, better than I could ever imagine, if I continue to follow and seek Him. My life has been completely changed by the love of God, and I refuse to ever go back to the way things were before.

After graduation, I plan to finish high school and then go to Bible school. I feel there is a strong call on my life to be a missionary, and I plan to pursue it.


Amanda

Before coming to Mercy, I had no idea that an intimate relationship with God was possible. I was always trying to keep up appearances and gain the approval of others. All of my struggles with anorexia and bulimia came from trying to get fulfillment from people instead of from God, and I was never satisfied. I was looking for a way to get help when I heard about Mercy from a graduate of the program, and I immediately knew that it was God’s plan for me to go there.

While at Mercy, God showed me how to receive His love, and now I know Him as my Father and best friend. He has freed me from shame and condemnation and enabled me to forgive myself. He has given me the ability to hear His voice, and I have become a passionate worshipper.

After graduation, I plan to go back to college and double major in psychology and English. Eventually, I want to teach English in a foreign country.


Ashley

My life before Mercy was chaotic. I was trying to cope with past sexual, physical and emotional abuse and became very depressed and suicidal. I also struggled with bulimia, and I saw no way out. I tore apart my family and isolated myself from other people. When I heard about Mercy from a counselor in another program, I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has completely restored my family. I have seen that God is real, and He is my one true Father and the lover of my soul. God has shown me His grace, mercy and forgiveness. I found my identity in Him.

After graduation, I plan to go to college and double major in journalism and nutrition.

Gina

Before Mercy, I was consumed every single minute of every day with counting calories and losing weight. I was focused on it all day and couldn’t even enjoy food. I struggled with people-pleasing, control issues and perfectionism. When I wasn’t exercising, I was in bed, depressed, crying and not wanting to be alive. I had no life and no relationships. My brother knew someone who graduated from Mercy and he told me about the program. I wanted freedom from the eating disorder and depression and wanted to grow closer to God, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, one of the biggest things I learned was that I can have a close relationship with God. He cares about every single part of my life, and I will never be alone. My worth comes from God, not from how I look.

After graduation, I will go back to high school and take some early college classes at a local university. I LOVE Mercy Ministries!

Tess

Before coming to Mercy, I struggled with sexual addiction. I carried a lot of shame and guilt from past physical and sexual abuse and was constantly depressed. I knew God was pursuing me, but I wanted nothing to do with Him and instead became interested in witchcraft and Satanism. I no longer knew who I was. I heard about Mercy from my mom, and I knew God was telling me to go. I hated the way I was living, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God revealed so much to me about His character. He showed me who I am in Him. God has set me free from my addictions and has given me so much wisdom. I am so thankful that Mercy Ministries helped me discover who God is and that the staff never gave up on me.

After graduation, I will finish high school and go to college. I would one day like to travel around the world and help victims of sex trafficking.


Congratulations ladies! It is so amazing to see how your lives have been transformed by the love of Christ. We are cheering you on as you walk in freedom, and we look forward to all that God has in store for you!