Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Miracle We See Time and Time Again

We believe that every girl’s life is full of incredible potential, and your support makes it possible for girls at Mercy to realize their God-given destinies—just like Tiffany did. When Tiffany’s mom saw the transformation in her daughter’s life at her Mercy graduation, she wanted to thank those who helped Tiffany realize her identity in Christ. Here’s what she said, through tears, at the Mercy graduation ceremony:

“I have often wondered, ‘How do you thank the people that saved your daughter’s life?’ People that know Tiffany know she tends to go against the grain. You say yes, she says no. You say up, she says down. So I don’t think she believed at first that she needed to be saved or rescued, yet each of the staff at Mercy Ministries saw past that, and I am forever grateful that they did. As Tiffany’s mom, I am so thankful for all the times that the staff stayed up with her or sat with her, for all the times they talked with her or listened to her, for all the times they cried with her or laughed with her, for the times they prayed for her or with her, for the times they fought for her soul - and won. 

I want to thank Mercy Ministries for loving my daughter, even when she didn’t and couldn’t love herself, because she didn’t see her worth. What the enemy meant for evil—how he thought he had one of God’s creations in his clutches—Mercy saw as the new creation she would become. This was the beginning of a new journey. The staff has seen this miracle time and time again. The miracle of redemption, of restoration, of deliverance, of freedom. All because of the love of Jesus Christ that permeates through this family at Mercy Ministries. I pray that as her mom, I will be able to continue in that unconditional love that Mercy has shown my daughter.” 
 -Minita, mom of 2014 Mercy graduate Tiffany 

What others say is impossible, you help make possible through your support. Thank you for paving the way for these girls to walk into the future with hearts full of hope and joy. You are making a difference for eternity!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Madison Shares Her Story

Your generosity makes freedom a reality for the girls who come through our program, and the best way I know to thank you is to pass on these words from one of our recent graduates Madison.

“I first sold my body for drugs when I was 17 years old, which became an easy way to get whatever I wanted—money, drugs or attention. I ended up working at a fast food restaurant during the day and a strip club at night. I thought I was good at keeping the outside together, but I was drowning on the inside. My double life came to a screeching halt when my parents found out about everything. One of my mom’s coworkers had a daughter who had gone through the Mercy Ministries program, and they suggested I apply.

The biggest turning point for me at Mercy was the night I accepted Christ and was saved. From that moment on, my life completely changed. While at Mercy, God has transformed me in every way possible. I have developed the most intimate and beautiful relationship with Him. I have discovered who I am and how to love myself the way God loves me. I have learned how to love and be loved. I was also able to get my high school diploma while at Mercy, which is something I thought I could never do!

There is no way I would have been able to get the help I needed for free for a full six months without everyone who gives to Mercy. I had been in and out of treatment since I was 15, and no other place was able to change my life the way this program has. Mercy donors made it possible for me to receive the help I needed and to develop the kind of relationship with the Lord that is absolutely necessary to living a successful life!“
– Madison, 2014 Mercy Graduate

For over 31 years, donors like you have made our program available free of charge to thousands of girls just like Madison! We are beyond grateful for your partnership.

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn 
Founder and President

To watch a video of Madison sharing her story and her gratitude, go to: www.MercyMinistries.com/Madison2014. Click here if you would like to give another gift.

Monday, June 9, 2014

A Mother Praises God for Mercy Ministries

I can’t think of a better way to express my gratitude than to share these words straight from the heart of Terri, mom of a Mercy resident who is graduating this month. I met Terri recently and knew you would be encouraged by her story. It just goes to show how your financial partnership with Mercy transforms entire families!

“My daughter Megan used methods of self-destruction for five years, including an eating disorder, drugs, alcohol and terribly unhealthy relationships. That changed the playing field for our family—everyone went into a zone defense out of necessity. Every door was locked, every heart was guarded and everyday life was a series of taking care of the next fire ignited by Megan’s choices. But the GOOD NEWS is God was there! After hearing Nancy Alcorn speak at a church service, I felt the Lord telling me Megan would be at Mercy Ministries one day. This month she will graduate from the Mercy home in St. Louis, free from her issues! She is claiming a future she never believed she deserved. In Meg’s words, coming to Mercy Ministries was a “game changer.” What about the rest of our family, my husband and three other daughters? Because of Megan’s healing, her sisters are pursuing the Lord in full force, far beyond what I ever imagined! Also, our family is now burdened for hurting people. We understand heartache and have a huge desire to love, encourage and uplift the broken. The zone defense we once used is now an offensive healing strategy instead! 

We are so excited to have our bubbly Megan back and overjoyed to be one as a family again! We are stronger, wiser, and more in love with the Lord than ever! PRAISE GOD FOR MERCY MINISTRIES!! Because of your obedience and the support of so many people whom I can never begin to thank properly, the Lord has won a mighty victory!!” 
—Terri, mom of current resident Megan

Thank you for being the hands and feet to make a way for Megan and so many other girls to find freedom. You not only transform these girls’ lives with your giving, but you impact whole families and communities to care about broken people. I am beyond grateful for you!!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President 

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mercy Ministries' Lasting Impact

Every time I think about supporters like you, I can’t help but think of all the lives you are impacting when you give. When a girl’s life is transformed at Mercy, she goes on to transform the lives of so many others.

Jon, husband of 2008 Mercy graduate Hannah, was blown away by the transformation his wife experienced at Mercy. Although they were only dating when Hannah was in the program, Jon saw a radical healing take place in her life and proposed the very day she came home from Mercy! They've been married over five years now and remain passionate about helping other women receive the same kind of help Hannah received. Jon and Hannah are using their finances and their God-given gifts to bring the mission of Mercy and the healing message of Christ to the world! Here's what Jon had to say about the lasting impact of Mercy:

"One of the reasons I support Mercy is my wife, Hannah. She went through some really intense things growing up, and when we were dating several years ago, a lot of pain from her past started coming up. She went to Mercy Ministries, and I saw first hand the transformation that occurred. It was night and day. 

It's been several years since then, and the change is lasting. Not just that, but it's exponential. Because of Hannah's story, two other girls have gone through the Mercy program and have also gone on to do extraordinary things. When you transform a life through Mercy Ministries, that life goes back into the world and transforms other people's lives." - Jon, husband of 2008 Mercy graduate Hannah

Hannah's life was changed, and now she and her husband are paying it forward to make sure other girls are able to experience the same kind of healing. I hope their story reminds you that the girls you help with your giving today become life-long ambassadors of God's transforming power, impacting hurting people all over the world. I just can't thank you enough!!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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