Friday, May 13, 2011

Special Friends Of Mercy Gather In Charlotte At King’s Kitchen…

Me with Jim and Karen Noble, Owners of The King's Kitchen
It’s not too often that you go to a restaurant named after the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. Yesterday, however, I had the opportunity to gather in such a place with my dear friends Jim and Karen Noble, founders and owners of The King’s Kitchen. Jim and Karen are long time personal friends of mine as well as Mercy supporters. They opened up their amazing restaurant and also their hearts to allow us to host a Mercy luncheon there yesterday. We had such a great time!!! First of all, if you live anywhere near Charlotte or are ever in the area, you have got to go check out this restaurant – it is amazing! Not only is the food above and beyond, but this place provides employment and training for people in the Charlotte community who have fallen on hard times. One hundred percent of their profits go to help feed the poor in Charlotte! You might say it is a combination of restaurant, a cool place to gather in the community, and a training ground for ministry. Before I get into the actual event, I want to give you the website so you can check out The King’s Kitchen for yourself

Guests at The King's Kitchen, enjoying the event!
Yesterday around noon in Charlotte, NC, this amazing restaurant was packed out with people in support of Mercy Ministries, both old friends and new. Not only that, but there were seven graduates in attendance from the North Carolina area, one dating back to 1998 – 13 years ago! This young woman came because she wanted to tell me thank you for what Mercy did in her life. I had the privilege of casting the vision for what Mercy is currently doing in the state of North Carolina, and plans to do in the future. In addition, we heard awesome stories from two of our North Carolina graduates. Their stories were so powerful. Julia told about how she is now fulfilling her lifelong dream of being a missionary to nations around the world. Alyssa shared about how she was abused as a child and before Mercy, always thought she would end up abusing other children. But after her time of healing and restoration at Mercy, she has now been entrusted with a ministry that actually nurtures and cares for children. She spoke of how amazing it is that God can take what was certain to destroy her life and reverse the curse, so she can now reach out and help those children who are less fortunate.

Graduates, Julia and Alyssa, sharing
After we heard from our graduates, our special guest Jordan Rubin, well known author, speaker and entrepreneur, told of his personal connection to Mercy and how he and his wife, Nicki, adopted a baby through Mercy several years ago named Samuel. Jordan also shared about how he and the birth mother look like they could be brother and sister. You can check out more of what Jordan is up to these days at
Jordan with his adopted son, Samuel
Jordan Rubin sharing
Me with Jordan Rubin
We want to especially thank Jordan and Nicki Rubin for their gift of $10,000 to Mercy at this luncheon. We also want to thank Penny Maxwell. She and her husband are the pastors of Freedom House Church in Charlotte, NC, and they presented Mercy with a check for $20,000.
Me with Penny Maxwell and their gift to Mercy for $20,000
All this support that came in yesterday will go to help provide for the young women that are currently in our facilities, many of whom are from the state of North Carolina. If you would like to contribute to help hurting young women from North Carolina or any of our other girls from all 50 states you can do so by clicking here.

Thanks to everyone who made this day so special!