The Transformation Garden (TG) is a branch of Grace and Mercy Ministries of The Anchor Church in Verona, Mississippi.
Grace and Mercy Ministries run three residential programs. One of those programs serves women recovering from the cycle of addiction. In this program it became clear that the vast majority of women had been sexually abused at some point. Our hearts were burdened as we continued to learn about the scourge of sex trafficking in our nation, state, and local area. We began to hear the silent screams and prayers of those suffering under the brutal demands of trafficking.
Meanwhile, God was doing work in our community – giving many others a similar heart of compassion for victims of sexual exploitation, as well as a deep desire to do something about it.
In 2018, Grace and Mercy Ministries began to fervently seek the Lord concerning a long-term residential program that would help women traumatized within the cruel and demeaning context of sex trafficking.
We learned of the severe national deficit in housing and restorative care options for these victims. We resolved to move forward as God continued to reveal His plan.
He has been faithful in bringing about partnerships with local churches, businesses, ministries, and individuals who desire to have a part in freeing these women from bondage.
To God be the glory!
He is both the Gardner and the God of transformation!
Scripture likens God to a gardener. In fact, when Mary Magdalene first saw the risen Jesus outside the tomb, she supposed Him to be the gardener (John 20:15).
He is gentle and nurturing with His beloved. He cuts away the branches that bear no fruit, while lovingly pruning the branches that do bear fruit, so that they become even more fruitful.
From the literal garden landscape at the Transformation Garden residence, to the spiritual lessons of the harvest given to us in God’s Word, to the figurative language in our volunteer programming, the garden takes center stage as we attempt to apply those principles and aid in the transformation of a life.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
"So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service ... " (1 Corinthians 3:7-9).
We are blessed here at the TRANSFORMATION GARDEN to have a growing volunteer leadership team. In addition to our planning committee, we now have a Program Director, Church Mobilizer, and Volunteer Coordinator.