That is what we have on our Christmas wish list here at Mercy Ministries of Canada. It is a great-big-audacious-over the top goal, but we know that
“What is impossible with man is possible with God”
…and we know only too well what each of those days would mean to a hurting young woman. Every day spent at Mercy Ministries brings a troubled young woman closer to transformation - just like they did for Felicity, our most recent graduate.
Felicity had grown up in Ontario, with loving parents in a Christian home, but after some trauma at a young age she began to believe that she was “worthless, stupid, boring and unlovable”
“In high school I began doing anything to stay in the popular crowd: drinking, sex, drugs, fooling around with girls, whatever it took to make other people like me and to numb the pain of hating myself at the same time.”
After years of rebellion and depression Felicity finally realized she needed help and applied to come to the Mercy Ministries home in British Columbia. Each day Felicity spent at Mercy Ministries moved her forward along the road to transformation:
“I took a step of faith and flew five and a half hours alone to Mercy. When I got here I realized just how difficult this was all going to be. I really wanted help but I didn’t know if I could face my problems head on so far away from anything familiar to me, but that’s where I found God. I finally realized I cant do anything and I don’t have to, God wanted to help me! So I decided to stay no matter how scared I was and to trust God again little by little.
At first I didn’t trust anyone here. I didn’t trust the staff because I had so many professing Christian people in my life lie to me and let me down, but God softened my heart. I began to feel the love from the staff here, God showed me that they really were here because they wanted to help me and love me back to God. Once I trusted them I became like a sponge, trying to learn all I could and apply it to my life.
One day here, a scripture I had heard many times before finally impacted me , I applied it to myself and realized… I’m fearfully and wonderfully made, oh my gosh! I am made in the image of God , I’m the head and not the tail, there is no way if I am created in his image that I am worthless or boring, I am a favored child of God! I began discovering my new identity in Christ, forgiving and cutting off soul ties. I revisited the dreams in my heart like moving to England – because of my heart for British people and my ancestry – pursuing cosmetology, competing with my horse and also new dreams he had placed in my heart, like one day helping girls who had been in the same dark place I had been and speaking to them about God’s love and their worth in Christ.
After slowly rediscovering who God created me to be and letting him in to do what he needed to do, the fear just left, my depression lifted and the feelings of being dirty and guilty were gone, I was redeemed! The love and acceptance of God changed everything.”
Every one of the days Felicity spent at Mercy Ministries made a difference! Young women like Felicity – who come to Mercy needing time to work through their difficulties – spend about 200 days in our free of charge program. Each of those days costs $165 and every day of Mercy is chock full of God’s word, Biblical counseling, loving support, prayer, challenge, nutrition education, food, shelter, medical support, hope and love!
2000 days of Mercy would provide the funds to take 10 young women through our entire program of restoration and hope!
So how many days of Mercy can you give? You could not give a more important gift to a hurting young woman this season. Just ask Felicity. This year her Christmas will be filled with hope.
“Thank you for creating a safe place for me to come and walk this journey out with God … God has truly restored me and redirected the entire course of my life through Mercy Ministries and I will never be the same!”
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