Growing up, the atmosphere in my home was chaotic and tense. At a young age, I began to be sexual abused and this left me confused. I turned to self-harm as a form of punishment for something I thought I was causing. As the abuse continued, I dissociated from it and with every incident I got better at removing myself mentally. In my teen years, I looked for love in the only way I knew how and ended up in an unhealthy relationship. At 17, when I tried to end the relationship, I was raped. After that my self-harm grew worse, and I began using drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy eating habits to numb the pain. I eventually lost the will to live and attempted suicide multiple times and was sent from hospital to hospital.
A friend told me about Mercy Multiplied. At the time I applied, I was just looking for a safe place to go and I had no expectations. But after spending time at Mercy, I soon learned that I was not owned and that the Lord knew who I really was. He slowly revealed His truth to me, broke down my walls, removed my shame, and gave me a place of safety to get out of the darkness and secrecy I was living in. He saved me from my past and promised to restore to me all that has been lost.
After Mercy, I plan on following the plans that the Lord has for me and go to college. Thank you so much, Mercy Donors, for supporting such an incredible ministry; Mercy has done so much for me and so many other girls.