Friday, June 5, 2009

Former Mercy Resident of Twenty Years Ago Pays Visit

I so love it that even after almost 20 years, former residents of Mercy Ministries still feel that we are like family to them. That love was expressed today as Kelly Craig came by with one of her four daughters to our Nashville facilities to say hello. Kelly and her daughter Cassidy happened to be in Nashville for a Christian conference, and were thrilled to have the opportunity to get to pay us a visit. Almost 20 years ago, Kelly walked through our doors in Monroe, LA, pregnant and feeling broken and abandoned as a result of an abusive relationship.

During the time Kelly was in the home, she made a total commitment to Christ, and prayerfully made the decision to parent her child. A couple of years later while serving in a local church in Florida, she met and eventually married the youth pastor. Not only did her husband, Kevin, adopt Kelly’s precious daughter, Kelsi, but they went on to have three other daughters together. Today, they are senior pastors of Apopka Assemblies of God Church in Apopka, Florida and are monthly partners with Mercy Ministries through their church’s mission budget. It has always been Kevin and Kelly’s heart to give back to Mercy, and they have done so since 2002. I hope this story is a huge blessing to you, because Kelly represents one of thousands of young women who have been impacted by this ministry over the years.

The Craig Family

Kelsi will be 19 years old in jut a couple of weeks and I just received a brand new picture of her today. She is currently on staff at her parents’ church full-time as the worship leader.

Kelsi Craig

Our Community Relations Director, Whitney Nall, took the time to give Kelly and her second youngest daughter, Cassidy, a tour today. I wanted you to see this picture hot off the press.

Kelly, her daughter Cassidy, and Mercy Ministries
Community Relations Director, Whitney Nall

To our supporters, thank you for every life that is changed. Your support makes it possible.

Have a great weekend!!


Yo Mama said...

amazing. This really blessed me tonight.

Ali Davis said...

this is SO cool!! to see mercy still touching lives from 20 years ago is awesome! and to see generations being affected is really cool, too!