This past Friday, Danielle, a recent graduate of Mercy Ministries, received the gift of a dependable car. This 2005 Toyota Highlander marked the 18th car provided to a local family by Providence Auto Group’s Give Program.
The day started with Danielle’s friends and family getting to know the Providence team over food and drinks at the cabin (Providence’s Franklin, TN location). Danielle bravely shared the details of her rocky past that led her to Mercy Ministries, and ultimately to healing. Her journey included an abusive relationship and addiction that lasted over five years. She said she felt her confidence and worth had been stripped away. It was at her lowest point, nearly nine months ago, that she found Mercy Ministries and began to heal. She mentioned:
“I share this part of my story because it was the core of my journey at Mercy, overcoming the hurts and discovering who I was created to be. I learned my value, and my worth comes from (the Lord)… God gives hope to the hopeless and days like today soften my heart in many ways.”
There were few dry eyes in the cabin as Danielle’s father Troy shared how the past five years had impacted their family, and how Danielle’s healing had brought healing to them all. Troy said he knew God was going to provide a car for his daughter; who he said is becoming “an amazing woman of God”.
When Danielle shared about her three children and how Mercy Ministries helped her become the mom she was always meant to be, Simon, co-founder of Providence had a story to share:
“I didn’t know you have children, but I’m so glad to find that out. We had a customer here earlier today who bought a van that came equipped with DVD players. They had a pair of portable DVD players in the back of the car they traded. I asked them what they were going to do with them, and they said they would put them on Craigslist. I told them I’d buy them and called my partner Nathan and said ‘I just bought a couple of DVD players that we can give to our next give recipient that has children’. We had no idea that would be you – today!”
Everything seemed to come together perfectly. Danielle said the SUV she received was exactly what she needed for her family, and even said her children had asked her about a DVD player recently.
In a letter Danielle wrote to the Providence team later that day, she said:
“There were so many moments in this day that blessed me enormously… thank you for your compassion and simply being who you are. I left feeling like family and speechless over everything I received.”
It’s no wonder Providence co-founder Nathan McCauley said he spoke for the whole Providence team when he said, “Days like today are the reason we do what we do. This is the best part of our job.”