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Finding Hope When Hopeless… Finding Jesus

As most of you know we’re hosting a lunch at Catalyst in two weeks.  There is no way this lunch would be possible if it weren’t for Mercy Ministries so today we want you to learn a little more about Mercy and the heart they have as an organization to bring hope to young women all over the world.

Three years ago, a girl—we’ll call her Rachel—walked through Mercy Ministries’ doors for the first time.

Rachel was born to parents who never wanted her—and they told her so constantly.  She grew up believing she was no more than a mistake, wondering what she did to deserve such abuse at the hands of those who should have protected her. These were her PARENTS!

When most girls turn 13, they’re giggling about boys and trying on lip-gloss.  When Rachel turned 13, she was sold into sex trafficking by her own family, for less than $100, abandoned like trash on the side of the road.

Tormented by nightmares and tangled in a web of lies, Rachel never knew she had a way out.  When she escaped this horrific trap and led to Mercy by a friend, Rachel met the God who was watching over her even in her darkest moments.

She began to change her thoughts, learning Jeremiah 29:11 by heart: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

It didn’t happen overnight, but gradually Rachel began to see herself as God saw her—loved, valuable, and chosen by name.

She found Mercy…  She found Jesus…

Sarah was far too young to be a mother when she got pregnant—by her own biological father.  To hide his sin from the rest of the family, Sarah’s father knew he couldn’t bring her to a doctor.  He took matters into his own hands and used a coat hanger to kill the unborn child.  This was her FATHER!

Sarah was locked up in shame and self-hatred when she arrived at Mercy.   How could anyone look beyond her horrible past?

Sarah’s counselor told her to listen to Joyce Meyer’s teachings while here at Mercy, and as Joyce shared how her father abused her as a child as well, Sarah learned to hope again.  After all, if God could rescue Joyce from that pit and use her story as inspiration to thousands of people across the globe, then maybe, just maybe, He could do that for Sarah, too.

When she realized that God had sent His son to redeem her long before she even existed, she slowly began to believe, “This is never what God wanted for my life.  He loves me.  My biological father may have hurt me, but I have a new heavenly Father who promises that nobody will ever take me from His hand again.”

Sarah found Mercy… She found Jesus…

Like many Mercy grads, Rachel and Sarah left the program with their lives transformed and their hearts anew.  Many of Mercy’s grads have wonderful families of their own, loving the Lord, and some on the mission field – these young women are now thriving as productive members of society.

Since Mercy Ministries opened in 1983, girls like Sarah and Rachel have been set free from all forms of abuse:  human sex trafficking, unplanned pregnancies often times due to incest or rape and life-controlling issues that include eating disorders, depression, self-harm and addictions.  This FREE Christian residential counseling program offers help to girls 13-28, again at NO COST! There are homes all around the country in Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Lincoln, CA; and Monroe, LA.

More than 2-thousand other young women have successfully completed the program. They, too, found Mercy…. They found Jesus…

For more information on Mercy Ministries, visit www.mercyministries.com.

We’d love to have you at the luncheon, hop over here for more details!

Holla If You’re Hitting Catalyst

Posted by Brandi Wilson

A few months back we announced a little bit of news… Leading and Loving It would be hitting Catalyst Atlanta this October.  Well, today holds the really big news!

We’re not only attending Catalyst we’re hosting a lunch to start connecting you guys face to face.  Yes, we are! Lori, Jessica and I can’t wait to hang with you guys… and I promise  you’re really gonna love Lori and Jess, they’re both quite delightful.

Here’s the skinny, due to limited seating the lunch is first come first serve.

So here’s your official invite…

Leading and Loving It in partnership with Cultivate Her

Is excited to invite you to join us for lunch in Atlanta sponsored by Mercy Ministries
Come and connect with other women in ministry and leadership if you are in the Atlanta area or attending Catalyst.
Thursday, October 7th
12:15pm (during the Catalyst lunch break)
at the Gwinett Arena

RSVP: Click the “Upcoming Events” tab above to register.
When asked for Event, please use Catalyst Lunch.

Hope to see you there!

Many thanks to Mercy Ministries for sponsoring  our lunch!

Video Interview Madness …

I have some pretty amazing things coming up this fall. I’m getting to meet a boat-load of ladies who are leading … big time.

September 20th-22nd I’m crashing Charlotte, NC with some other Sr Pastors’ Wives for a little roundtable get-together. Since I’m bunking with Brandi, I’m bound to have dark circles and sore abs by the end of those two days from laughing late into the night.

September 27th & 28th Idea Camp is heading to Central in Vegas. It is going to be BIG fun. I’ve already lined up a couple of coffee/chai latte chat sessions to enjoy while my kids are in school. Couldn’t be more perfect.

October 6th-8th We are bound for Atlanta and joining thousands of other leaders for Catalyst. We are scheming up a way to get ladies together while we are there. Since Pete and Jud are both doing Labs, Brandi and I will be there … and never wanting to miss a fun party, Jess will be there and hopefully Tiffany as well. Guaranteed good times.

So, while I have the opportunity to be around these killer leaders, I plan to accost as many ladies with my Five-Minute-Flip-Cam-Interviews as possible. It promises to be video madness.

Now, here is what I need from you … what are the top 3-4 questions you would love to hear answers to from some of best Pastors’ Wives and Women in Ministry out there?

Converging on Catalyst

Posted by Lori

One of the things Brandi and I are saying lots right now is: Can’t wait until October … Can’t wait until October.

Why? Catalyst in Atlanta October 6-8.

Sure there is the opportunity to hear from leadership authorities including Andy Stanley, Seth Godin, TD Jakes, Craig Groeschel, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, Perry Noble, and Christine Caine, along with several innovative thinkers and practitioners like best-selling author Daniel Pink, charity: water founder Scott Harrison, Gabe Lyons, First Response Team founder Tad Agoglia, and Rani Hong, winner of the United Nations Human Rights Award.

That would be good in and of itself.

But this year everything special and wonderful converged. Jud and Pete are both doing Labs … which means that Brandi and I can tag along … which means that we are going to get to see each other … which means that Tiffany and Jessica are working on trying to make it … which means we’re going to have a big, fat, super-fun Leading and Loving It get-together. And if you are attending Catalyst, we want to invite you to hang out with us.

We aren’t exactly sure what we will be doing yet, but you can be sure that it will involve lots of food and laughing. We hope to have more details soon.

Oh and FYI, there are other awesome people doing Catalyst Labs besides Pete & Jud. Speakers like Michael Hyatt, Mark Batterson, Anne Jackson, John Ortberg, Mike Foster, Reggie Joiner, Jamie Tworkowski, Alan Hirsch, Gayle Haggard, Chris Hodges, Jon Acuff, Tim Elmore, Charles Lee, Chris Seay, Chris and Phileena Heuertz, and others.

Best Rates on Catalyst tickets end this Thursday, June 24th, so register now. Call 888.334.6569 to speak to a Catalyst Concierge, or register online at www.catalystconference.com. You can use Rate Code FOB for an additional discount off your ticket price. Catalyst will sell out, so make sure and register early!

So, of course I’ve got to know … who is planning on being there?

iBible

This video was made by Tripp and Tyler, Jud’s co-hosts at Catalyst. It was a huge hit a Catalyst West. Not only are Tripp and Tyler stinking hilarious, but they are truly great people with a great heart for God and ministry.

 

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I take the world’s biggest NLT Notemaker’s Bible to church. I love it. I have to take my computer bag to lug it around. But it has huge margins and tons of note taking space. I love it.

 

What do you take to church with you? Thin line? Life Application? Pocket-sized? YouVersion on your iPhone? iBible, anyone?