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I’m 17 years old.  I came to MGGA when I was 14.  I have gone through a lot back at home.  Sometimes I think about it and wish I could go back and make better choices as to not to be sent to MGGA, but, I have to keep moving forward.  I see, now, it was God’s plan for me to come to MGGA.  The reason was for me to get SAVED!  My Mom and I have the best relationship now.  I thank The Blankenship Family for having a part in restoring our relationship, but the most important one who helped us was God. I am now aware that God was watching over me back at home.   Just the fact that I am still alive and breathing today!  If that’s not love, then I don’t know what it is!  My past haunts me and affects my emotions, but my God is my Helper.  I thank The LORD for who and what I am today and for bringing me this far.  I’ve come too far to turn back now.

“I grew up thinking I was going to Heaven because I went to church and believed there was a God.  I made good grades in school and was considered a good girl.  At the age of 13, I started dressing and acting more like the world and no longer had good grades.  At 14 a friend persuaded me to use a Facebook Account.  Through this portal, my rebellion increased greatly and I started sneaking out of the house; hanging out with the wrong crowd; doing the wrong things.  My Mother tried to raise my brother and me by herself.  I got arrested when I was 14 years of and sitting in the back of the Police Car I thought… ‘I never knew that my sin would take me this far.  I was considered a good girl just a few years ago, and now I find myself in trouble with no way out.’    Despite my efforts to do right, I needed help.  My Mother enrolled me into MGGA on September 11, 2013.   For the first time in my life, someone told me I was a sinner on my way to Hell and I needed to get SAVED.  I got SAVED on October 8, 2013.  I am so glad I’m SAVED now and I am still amazed how much God has changed me!  I now plan on Graduating at MGGA and maybe help out in the ministry at MGGA or go to College.  God has been so good to me and is STILL working in my life.”

“I had already been in two Mental Institutions for contemplating suicide.  This time I was going to kill myself and there was no way of stopping me.  I took a ton of medication and that night, I went to sleep.  I woke up in the middle of the night and went to my Mom’s bedroom.  I hit my head on the dresser because I felt very dizzy.  Mom found Marvelous Grace Girls Academy!  I would like to give all honor and praise to The LORD for a great plan of Salvation.  I was SAVED on July 05, 2013 on a Friday Morning.  It was during our Missions Conference at MGGA.   Missionary Jeremy Holloway was preaching.  I felt conviction in my heart and told Brother Blankenship that I needed to be SAVED.  He took me into the kitchen and showed me some verses about Salvation; he asked me what they meant to me.  Right there, I called upon The Name of The LORD and I was Born Again!”

“Thank you so much for being there for me.  I’m so blessed to have you in my life at this moment.  You have done so much for me, God bless you for your love toward us girls and their families.  Thank you so much for you and your family.” Gabrielle

I just wanted to say that I am so thankful for everything that y'all did for me when I was at MGGA!!!! Your guidance and spiritual wisdom made me into a stronger Christian. Your one of the spiritual giants in my life. Thank you so much!!! I'm so grateful to call you my spiritual father. Its been two years since I've been saved. If I hadn't gone to MGGA I wouldn't be the person who I am today thank you soooo  much!!!!

I grew up in church, but as I got older I only wanted to go to see my friends.  I got farther and farther out of God's Word.  When I was 13 I started getting involved with boys and stuff on the internet. I was disobedient toward my parents and at church I just went with the flow. Being in the world never helps and I was so depressed that I tried to commit suicide. Well, my parents found out and they sent me to a behavioral hospital, I grew even bitterer at them and they were just trying to help me. I was there for almost 2 weeks and was given pills for depression. When I went home I tried to commit suicide again and I went back to the behavioral hospital for about a week, then I went to a group home. 5 days later my dad came and picked me up and we came to Marvelous Grace Girls Academy. Miss Tanya and another staff came out and I thought, “Oh dear, they are wearing skirts!” Well, the days went on and in March 2015, MGGA attended The Bible Baptist Church Jubilee, Rossville, GA.  Tuesday Night, I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour!   I’m thankful that when you’re done and you just give up, God’s there to pick you up, dust you off, and encourage you to keep going. Praise the Lord for saving me and making me a new person in Christ. My parents and my relationship are mending more than I ever thought it would, so praise the Lord!  Skyler

“I love this place!  I really feel like the people here are really trying to help me get back on my feet and get better.  The people here really care about me.”

“God has blessed me in so many ways.  He has given me a new outlook on life.  He SAVED me in March of 2015.  He has kept me going when I have struggled the most.  I love how The LORD gives us so much grace on everything we do.  We can mess up over and over again and HE forgives us.  God can change the lives of people.  HE DID MINE!  There are girls that go through MGGA and I see them change and grow in Christ.  God has given me Character…He has helped me realize when I am wrong…He is a merciful God.  In addition to the grace He has given me, He has placed people in my life to lead me in the right way.  He has given me a loving Mom, and Step Dad, who enrolled me into MGGA to get help, and I Praise The LORD for this!  For my 16thBirthday, my Mom rented an Inflatable Obstacle  Course, with a water slide!  All the girls and staff enjoyed it.    Here, I can live out my Beautiful Girlhood, without peer pressure and without a push to grow up too fast!”

Early from Birth, my Mother did not have good behavior or good care of me.  The State took custody of me, where I lived in three different Foster Homes.  At Nine years of Age, I was Adopted by my family.  Oh, they loved me and cared for me from the very start! This Adoption was the happiest day of my life…however, after about nine months, the “honeymoon stage” was over.  My first suicide attempt really surprised my Mother.  She began seeking help for me.  I started cutting my arms and legs.   I have been countless times to Behavioral Hospitals, Residential Treatment Centers, Therapist Counseling, etc.  I have been placed on so many Behavioral Medications;  I cannot keep up with them.   At my last RTC, about the seventh month mark, I began acting crazy until they discharged me.  Then I came to Marvelous Grace Girls Academy.  At first I hated it.  I made false professions of faith hoping it would get me out of here.  It didn’t.  I threw fits, and broke every rule…every time…all the time.  But, God!   On May 5th, we were at a service and a Preacher was preaching on, “Are you serving God who is failing to live up to your expectations?”  I got convicted, and I got on my knees, humbling myself and accepted Christ as my personal Saviour.  I never will regret doing it.  He has helped me so much in the last few months  I love Him dearly.

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