My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Mercy Ministries of America, Inc., Nashville, TN, USA
This is a very short version of my testimony, a story I can now tell because of how God changed my life through this program. My birth mother left me and my younger brother when I was 2 years old. One of my family members became controlling and abusive and would often punish me by making me spend hours on my knees against the wall and would often beat me. The physical abuse became worse as I got older. Other family members molested me and this abuse eventually escalated to rape. The emotional pain led to cutting and a long battle with self-harm and bulimia. I became very confused about my sexual identity and got involved in relationships with other girls. Because of my rebellion, I was kicked me out of my home and fled to a Christian friend. When I thought I was controlling all of my issues, I realized that they were actually controlling me. A Mercy graduate who attends my church shared her testimony one Sunday morning, and I decided to seek lasting change for myself. During my time at Mercy, I learned that God already knew all of my past and my mistakes but He still accepts me just as I am. All I have to do is be willing to surrender everything and lay all my burdens down at His feet. I experienced the overwhelming love of Christ when I finally put on my crown of forgiveness and gave Him all of the ashes of my life. I am so thankful that God took my past and turned it into something that would ultimately make me turn to Him and fall in love with Him.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
My entire six month stay there. It was fun, fruitful, life changing, had good food, and great people. You could never be dragged down by negativity and you are just surrounded by love there.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Very patient. Very loving. Very relentless: They won't give up on anybody; you are not your past and you CAN change. Everybody gets the attention they need.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Build a lot more homes throughout the world, and change many more young women's lives.
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