As another year at Mercy Ministries comes to a close I just want to thank each and every one of you for your amazing support of Mercy Ministries. You know, we cannot do what we do without your help. When you give to Mercy Ministries, you are literally making the difference between life and death in the lives of so many young girls. Not just young girls that even come to Mercy Ministries—although there are hundreds that do each year. But also the lives of young women that Mercy Ministries reaches through our speaking engagements and educational resources.
Mercy Ministries had the privilege this year of speaking to very large crowds. I was able to speak at Joyce Meyer Ministries. We had 15,000-20,000 women in numerous conferences from coast-to-coast as well as speaking at churches in other nations where there were thousands of people in attendance on the weekends. So we are literally seeing the message of Mercy Ministries multiply.
Speaking of multiplication, Mercy Ministries even had a team of graduates who went to Uganda in 2011 to serve at Watoto Children’s Ministries. They not only raised the money for their own support but they actually went over there and built four buildings for these orphans to be able to go to school. So Mercy Ministries and your giving are being multiplied in the lives of our girls and also in the lives of generations to come.
I can tell you about so many lives that have been transformed through Mercy Ministries. One that stands out in particular is a young woman named Jen who went through the Mercy Ministries program several years ago. She had a very serious eating disorder. She was a cutter. Secular treatment programs told her that she would not live, that she would never have a normal life, that she would never be able to get over this, and that there was permanent damage. And yet she chose to believe that there was a way that she could change.
She walked through the doors of Mercy Ministries. Through your support her life was transformed several years ago. She came on staff with Mercy Ministries this year. She was a part of the Mercy Ministries team of graduates that went on the mission trip to Uganda. We are just so proud of Jen.
We are at the end of 2011 and to be very honest with you it’s been a tough year financially for Mercy Ministries. I want to share that with you because I know some of you are really looking for a place to give here at the end of the year. I will tell you that Mercy Ministries desperately needs your support. Mercy Ministries does not take any government funding so that we have the freedom to share Christ. Mercy Ministries does not charge the girls for the services they receive so you literally make a way for that girl to be pulled out of death and to experience the life of Christ. You make a way for her past not to destroy her future and for her to have the destiny that God has planned for her to have.
I’m asking you to help us not only here at the end of the year but would you consider getting “all in” with Mercy Ministries and making a monthly commitment for the year 2012? We need you. Mercy Ministries needs to know we can depend on that every month. In our four U.S. facilities we have room for 130 girls at any one given time and yet Mercy Ministries is getting 1,500 calls a month in the United States alone for young girls who are needing help.
The calls and the desperation and the issues are getting more severe all the time. Girls who are severely sexually abused and even girls that have come out of sex trafficking. And then all the other issues—eating disorders, cutting, girls who are suicidal, girls who have gotten to the point that they don’t even want to live anymore because of the pain that is in their heart. Mercy Ministries knows that Christ came to heal the brokenhearted. You make a way for those hearts to be healed when you help Mercy Ministries. So I want to thank you for your support.
For more information about Mercy Ministries, go to www.mercyministries.com or call (615) 831-6987.