Mercy Ministries values every young woman’s life and believes in her future. By accepting Christ’s love and forgiveness, the five young women who recently graduated from Mercy are freed from their past and are now equipped to take hope out into the world. Here are their amazing stories of transformation:
My brother died when I was 10 years old, and from that moment on I never knew how to properly grieve. I was also molested my whole life growing up and raped several times by boys from school. I then got involved in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship, where I lived under my boyfriend's constant control. During that time, I became heavily addicted to pills and smoked marijuana all day long. At one point, I overdosed on pills and ended up in the ER after going into cardiac arrest. When my relationship ended, I began shooting up heroin and became even more dependent on pills to numb the intense pain I was feeling. My cousin came to my aid after I was hospitalized. She told me that Mercy saved her life nine years ago, and it could save mine too. Four months later, I applied.
I was very excited when I got to Mercy and decided that I was going to give it all I had. While at Mercy, God has changed my life and helped me to see clearly. I've learned that I can go to Him, and He will give me everything I need. He gave me a new life. I am no longer living in fear, and now I have hope for the future. God has healed my heart and become my best friend. I am a new creation in Christ!
After graduation, I plan to go to college and get a degree in communications. After that, I'd like to go to law school. I would love to help bring justice to this world, especially in the area of domestic violence. I am so thankful for everyone that has sown into my life. I cannot ever repay you, but know that I pray that my life will bless others. I am also excited to give back to Mercy in the future, because Mercy changes lives. Mine is forever changed. Thank you.
I was born to a single mother who was addicted to drugs and alcohol. I was also sexually abused as a child on a few occasions. My siblings and I were mostly left at home alone and had little or nothing to eat. At the age of four, my aunt and uncle took us in, and at the age of ten, I was adopted by another loving family from their church. My adoptive parents did everything they could to make me feel loved and accepted, but I rejected that love. I was very angry about what happened in the past and developed an eating disorder. When my parents found out what I was doing, I switched to over-exercising. I became very rebellious and deceptive and would do anything to lose a pound. I also found myself in a relationship with a man 40 years older. I was so ashamed and had no hope, no purpose and no future. I heard about Mercy from several family members and decided to apply.
When I arrived at Mercy, I was scared, but everyone I came into contact with just loved and encouraged me. I have been able to forgive so many people, and my relationship with my parents has been completely restored. I can now look in the mirror and see beauty, and I know that I am accepted, forgiven, pure and whole in Christ. My identity is in Him, and I do not have to perform to please others. God does love me, and He has GREAT plans for my life.
After graduation, I plan to go back to my job and to college. I would like to get my masters degree in counseling and work with young women to help them with the issues I have now overcome through Christ. I also have a heart for missions. I am dreamin' big! I am so thankful for Mercy’s supporters. I could never have afforded it if I’d had to pay, and I am forever grateful.
Before coming to Mercy, I was a drug addict and was depressed and suicidal. I experienced abuse in my past and made some bad choices to try and cover up the shame I felt. I had issues with trusting authority and was selfish and rebellious. Eventually, I lost everything I had, including my son. I had a good friend who went to Mercy, and my dad also suggested the program. I wanted to be a good mother for my son, and I knew I needed help, so I decided to apply.
While at Mercy, God rescued me, healed my broken heart and restored my soul. I’ve been cleansed and forgiven, and I am a new creation in Christ. I am completely free from drug addiction and have learned the importance of responsibility. I am also learning to trust authority.
After graduation, I plan to go home and be the best mom I can be. I can’t wait to watch all that God has in store for my future! It’s going to be awesome!
Before coming to Mercy, I struggled with rejection and shame, and I felt unloved and rejected. I developed an eating disorder as a result and began leading a double life. I would go to church and act like everything was fine, but I was in desperate need of help. I did not know God’s love for me, and did not trust Him. My mentor told me about Mercy, and I couldn’t afford to pay to get help, so I decided to apply.
While at Mercy, I learned that God loves me, accepts me and forgives me. He has redeemed me, changed me and taught me love and compassion. He has been with me through every situation and brought me to an awesome place of healing! God is more amazing and loving and beautiful than I ever imagined, and His healing is incredible!
After graduation, I plan to pursue art and music, and to reach out to others, all to the glory of God! I would also love to get married someday and have a family.
Growing up, I was sexually abused, and I blamed myself. I hated myself for what happened and took on a lot of false responsibility. I felt a lot of shame, guilt, rejection and a lack of purpose for my life. I was struggling with bulimia, cutting and suicidal intentions that left me desperate for help. I did not understand God’s unconditional love and acceptance for me, but I knew I needed to be able to forgive and learn my true identity in Christ. A doctor referred me to Mercy, and I decided to apply.
While at Mercy, God has restored my relationship with Him. He has shown me how to receive unconditional love, and has helped me to forgive others and myself. My identity is now determined by who He says I am. God used Mercy to save my life.
After graduation, I plan to work and attend college. Before, I had no hope for my future, but now I’m excited for what God has in store for my life, and I can’t wait to live it.
Congratulations ladies! We are so proud of you and excited to see where the Lord will take you in this next season of your lives! You have truly been transformed and will help so many other hurting young women know that freedom is possible!