Monday, July 1, 2013

From Resident to Doctorate!

I hope you know that your support is making a way for girls to dream again and realize the potential they once thought was lost forever. Just a few weeks ago, one of our Mercy graduates, Michele, received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University! I want you to hear in her own words just how much this awesome achievement means to her, and how truly thankful she is for caring supporters like you:

I can’t describe the joy I felt as I walked across the graduation stage at Vanderbilt University and was hooded as a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. It was a long journey to get to where I am today; a decade ago many professionals would have said it was impossible. But they don’t know my Heavenly Father. I walked off of the stage into the loving embrace of my husband and looked around at the friends and family that surrounded me. My eyes welled up with tears and I was overcome with gratitude. It really was a group journey; I did not get here alone. 

I will likely not get the privilege of meeting each supporter of Mercy Ministries that made my journey possible. If I could, I would give each of you a big hug. Even 9 years after graduating from Mercy, I am aware of how much your prayers and donations changed my life, and the lives of hundreds of other girls who desperately needed the healing power of Christ. You may not have physically been there that day, but I felt your presence as I walked across the graduation stage. Actually, I have felt you silently cheering me on during every single step of my journey, from the time I walked into Mercy Ministries as a lost and hopeless girl to when I was handed my Ph.D. as a bright, confident and joyful child of God. You will always be an important part of my life and I will remain grateful for you as I continue into the next part of this incredible journey that God has laid out for me. Thank you. 

 - Michele, 2004 Graduate 

If it weren’t for faithful partners like you, Michele may have never found the healing and life transformation Christ died for her to have. What others say is impossible, you help make possible through your support. On behalf of all our residents, graduates and staff, I just can’t thank you enough!!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn 
Founder and President

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