Friday, February 11, 2011

Eight Graduates Means Eight New Residents…

We had three graduations this week – St. Louis, Nashville, and Monroe, LA. A total of eight girls graduated, which means that eight more girls will be able to come off our waiting list. I am so proud of each of these graduates and wanted to share a little bit about them with you…

Nancy pictured with Nashville graduates Jorey, Rachel, Amanda, and Annie

Annie (pictured right) came to Mercy struggling with depression and anger problems. Annie’s self-hatred led to issues with self-harm and believing lies about herself and others. Through her time at Mercy, she learned the truth about what God says about her, as well as how to truly forgive herself and others. Annie also learned the power in renewing her mind to God’s Word daily. Annie is so excited to return home with her parents and get involved in a community group in her local church. Annie hopes to work for a non-profit organization one day and help others who are dealing with anger issues.

Jorey (pictured right) came to Mercy in June of 2010 struggling with self-harm and suicidal thoughts. While at Mercy, she has been set free from the fear and anxiety that had crippled her life since she was a young child and has moved into a place of true joy and hope. Jorey looks forward to going back home with her mom and finishing her junior year of high school along with getting involved in her youth group at church.

Rachel (pictured right) came to Mercy with an eating disorder and struggling with self-harm. Before Mercy, Rachel’s life was filled with fear and pain, both emotional and physical. While at Mercy, God has totally transformed every aspect of Rachel’s life. God has restored her joy and ability to laugh. This has brought about incredible freedom and Rachel is now full of hope. Rachel is so excited to return home and plans to go on a mission trip to Africa with her mother this summer, which has been a dream of hers for some time.

Amanda (pictured right) came to Mercy last June after hitting rock bottom and struggling with depression, an eating disorder, self-harm, and drug addiction. At Mercy, Amanda has learned her true worth and value in Christ and is walking in the freedom to be herself. Amanda is so thrilled to return home with her parents and get involved in her church by volunteering in the children’s ministry and attending youth group. Amanda also hopes to go to cosmetology school one day!

St. Louis Program Director, Melanie Harbert, pictured with Ashley

Ashley came to Mercy struggling with a never-ending cycle of drugs and alcohol and very unhealthy and unsafe relationships to the point where her life had become unmanageable and out of control. While at Mercy, God has restored Ashley’s personality and zest for life along with her dreams, passions and desires. She knows that God truly loves every inch of her and that He will never leave or forsake her. Ashley is excited to move to North Carolina and experience a new start. She also plans to go to Bible college in the future.

Monroe Graduates, Malorie (Left) and Lisa (Right), pictured with Program Director, Sharon (middle)

Lisa came to Mercy dealing with anger problems, an eating disorder and depression. While at Mercy, Lisa has learned that she is valuable and that God has given her more peace than she has ever known. After Mercy, Lisa would like to eventually attend a school for the arts in preparation of opening up a dinner theater with a ministry for the homeless.

Malorie came to Mercy struggling with self-harm. She had exhausted all her efforts and was at rock bottom. While at Mercy, God has shown Malorie true love, grace and mercy. The biggest revelation she received at Mercy was that God planted His purpose and destiny in her way before she was born. Malorie is so excited to finish her degree in Athletic Training while prayerfully waiting on God to open the doors for her to pursue her music career in ministry.

I am so proud of each and every one of you! Can’t wait to see all that is in store for your future. Jeremiah 29:11

Have a great weekend!