We could not help but share this amazing update from Mercy Graduate Sara! Her story proclaims redemption and joy.
"On February 22, 2015, I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. It took many years to get to this point, but it was well worth it. This day was special for many reasons and signifies many things. It was specifically planned so that it would be as close as possible to my one year graduation date from Mercy Ministries. That alone made it very special. But there is a back story to this accomplishment. I got into Tae Kwon Do after the last time I was sexually abused. It was a way of making sure I could defend myself, but also a way to force myself to interact with others, despite my fears to do so. After a few months, I began to make friends with all of the others in my "color belt" group. I truly enjoyed it, so when my struggle with an eating disorder got so bad that I had to quit, I was devastated. I had to quit for almost a year and a half total by the time I was able to come back to it after Mercy. By then, all of my friends had their black belts and mine was still sitting on the shelf. I was in a complete new group of people and felt the pain of failure many times, because I was so far behind everyone else. I worked hard and continued on and was finally able to celebrate not only getting my black belt and re-entering the same group as my friends again, but also the freedom that came along with it. Now I can work out and not worry about my weight or my health! I have made many new friends, and best of all, I can feel the joy that comes along with it all--something I had not felt for some time before Mercy!"