Friday, October 21, 2011

Six More Graduates Celebrate Hope Restored!!!

“I decided I was ready for change and willing to do the work, so I decided to apply,” said recent graduate, Julie. The Mercy Ministries counseling model is Choices That Bring Change. Each young woman who comes to Mercy has made the brave choice to confront her issues head on and let God bring healing and restoration to her life. Six more amazing young women have had their lives transformed and graduated the program. Here are there amazing stories of hope restored:

Nashville

Julie

Growing up was difficult for me. I was born pre-mature and had Nephrotic syndrome (a kidney disorder). I was also bullied in school. I struggled with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I began to self-harm to cope with my pain. My mom heard about Mercy Ministries from one of her co-workers and told me about it. I was desperate and knew if I didn’t get help, I would probably kill myself. I decided I was ready for change and willing to do the work, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I was transparent with God and He started to change my heart. He uprooted a lot of the lies I believed when I was a child. God replaced my spirit of fear with a shield of faith, a spirit of shame and self-hate with a seed of love and compassion, and a seed of mistrust with trust in the Lord. I have learned how to just step into God's presence and glorify Him.

After graduation, I plan to go back to college and finish my degree in psychology. I am also looking forward to spending some time with my parents. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! God really met me here, and I am forever grateful!


Samita

I was sexually abused as a child and abandoned by my parents. Growing up, I struggled with depression and used anorexia, drug and alcohol addiction and self-harm to cope with my pain. I was completely broken when I heard about Mercy from a friend who worked there. I knew I needed healing, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I learned about God’s grace. He showed me His unconditional love for me and it transformed my life.

After graduation, I plan to finish nursing school. I want to tell the world about Jesus. Thank you to our donors for being obedient to God. I, along with countless others, am on the other side of your obedience and my life has forever been changed.


St. Louis

Abigail

Life before mercy was a blur of insanity. I was in one unhealthy relationship after another. I used drugs to cope with my pain and almost killed myself because I would try anything and everything people gave me. I used my body to get whatever I wanted, sleeping with any guy as long as he would give me a quick fix. At the age of 17, I came to a breaking point when I found myself pregnant. I had to choose between aborting my son, parenting him or placing him for adoption. I chose life and adoption. This was obviously the best choice for us, but it still tore me up inside. I heard about Mercy from a friend who graduated from the program. I wanted a life that was worth living, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has truly given me a whole new perspective on life. I no longer wake up wishing that I was dead. My time here at Mercy has been incredible, and God has shown up in huge ways. He has taught me that He is always with me. My faith has gone from being head knowledge to me truly knowing and believing it in my heart. I know that the change I feel inside me and that I see daily is real. God has given me the confidence to be able to trust Him as well as others.

After I graduate, I plan to work in either a children’s hospital or a nursing home.


Leah

I had a rough childhood. I had a verbally and emotionally abusive family member who put a major emphasis on my appearance and my performance. This person would point out every flaw on my body. I felt so unloved, broken and rejected. When my dad passed away, I was hurt and angry at God. I became obsessed with my weight, and wanting to be perfect. This led to anorexia and bulimia. The eating disorders completely controlled me and were my whole identity. I hated myself and had no hope. I felt like I had no voice and I carried so much shame and guilt that all I wanted to do was run and hide. I heard about Mercy from a friend and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has shown me His love! I learned I am accepted and loved for who I am. I have been adopted by Jesus. I am free from the eating disorder and depression, and I have given God complete control of my life. I have been learning how to have balance in my life and enjoy everything God has given me. He has given me dreams, purpose and a second chance. I am forever thankful.

After graduation, I want to give people hope through my testimony! I also plan to go back to school and become an RN. I want to be a nurse while touching every life with the amazing love of Jesus. Thank God for Mercy! I love and thank Jesus for a second chance at life!


Lincoln

Sarah

Before coming to Mercy, I was a drug addict with no hope. I carried a lot of false responsibility for a friend’s death and I tried to numb my feelings with drugs. I became extremely depressed and sought comfort in unhealthy relationships. I heard about Mercy from my Mom and decided to look into it on the internet. I thought Mercy might be able to help me, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy I learned how much God loves me. I was completely set free from my issues and now desire to reach out and help others.

After graduation, I plan to go back to college and finish my degree in speech communications.


Nicole

Before coming to Mercy, I was consumed with depression. I was crippled by anxiety, acute paranoia and deep shame. I began to self-harm to cope with my pain. I was also in several unhealthy relationships. I heard about Mercy from a family friend, and I knew that my life-controlling issues were out of control, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has given me a deep peace and has taken away all my anxiety. He has shown me His love, and I no longer have the desire for unhealthy relationships. God is satisfying my longings for love and affirmation.

After graduation, I plan to find a job. I have a medical assistant degree and desire to work in the medical field.

Congratulations ladies! We are so proud of you for making the choice to trust the Lord and follow His leading. He has amazing plans for you, and we look forward to seeing how he uses you to bring hope to your schools, communities and the world!