Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stories With Good Endings

I want you to know, from my heart to yours, what a tremendous impact your support is making in the lives of so many young women. Women like Savannah, a 2009 graduate who was caught up in prostitution and sex trafficking before coming to Mercy, are now walking in freedom. Recently, Savannah sent us an update explaining how she is now helping women in her community find healing from the same issues she once struggled with. Here is what she had to say:

"Before coming to Mercy, I was addicted to drugs and cutting and caught up in prostitution and sex trafficking. At Mercy I received a lot of healing from the Lord. I learned that I was not trash and I did not have to live life like I was. I learned that God could take away all the pain and shame I had carried since I was eight from being sexually abused.  After graduating from Mercy, I started telling people my story and how God saved me. Long story short, God connected me with three other people and birthed a ministry in our hearts to open a safe house for human trafficking survivors in our community.

It feels like it has been the longest four and a half years of my life going through policies and procedures to set up a safe house, but we have watched God open doors with Home Land Security, the FBI and many people in our community. The ministry has been up and running for several months now. The amazing thing is that God has given me the opportunity to share my experience, strength and hope with women as Program Director of the ministry. My favorite part is seeing women grow in their walk with the Lord and getting to share with them that I know what they are going through. God is doing amazing things in healing these women’s hearts, minds and spirits.  I know none of this would have happened if I did not go to Mercy and learn about God's true love. Now I get to use what the enemy tried to take me out with and turn it around on him. Thank you so much for opening the doors of Mercy. God and Mercy saved my life!"
--Savannah, 2009 Mercy graduate

Without partners like you, stories like this would have very different endings. Thank you for making a way for Savannah and so many other girls to find freedom. I am beyond grateful for your support and for being part of every changed life at Mercy!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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Monday, January 5, 2015

How Your Support is Saving Lives

I want to begin this New Year by thanking you for partnering with us to save lives. Your support is deeply appreciated, and I am so excited about all the new things God is going to do through this ministry in 2015.

One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is hearing from former Mercy residents from all over the world about what God is doing in their lives. I wanted to share with you a portion of an update I recently received from 2007 graduate, Devin. After struggling with an eating disorder, sexual abuse and self-harm, Devin came to Mercy, and her life was forever changed.

“Applying to Mercy Ministries was one of the best decisions I ever made. In the seven months I was there, I learned how to focus on my relationship with God, how to eat and work out in a healthy way, how to receive love and grace, how to forgive and move on, and how to deal with hurtful people. 

Since graduating from Mercy, I have earned my bachelor’s degree, gotten married and had a baby. Praise be to God who lifted me out of that deep black hole, turned me around, and set my dancing feet on a new path! I don’t even like to imagine what my life would be like had I not taken those seven months to focus on my “junk.” God definitely restored my life, and I’ve never been the same! I am now living the fruit of my hard work and am healthy emotionally, spiritually and physically. These are the days I dreamed of while I was at Mercy. God is so good!”
 --Devin, 2007 Mercy graduate

Thousands of young women like Devin have come to Mercy and found the hope and healing they desperately needed. Your giving allows us to share the unconditional love of Christ that brings true healing and transformation. We are so grateful for your continued commitment to Mercy Ministries and to the futures of the young women we serve. 

Sincerely in Christ,

Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Significance of a Gift

As we celebrate the gift of Jesus’ birth this month, we also thank God for your financial gifts to Mercy Ministries. Your support has made a way for hurting young women to know Christ’s love through their experience at Mercy.

Our current and former residents consistently tell us just how thankful they are for you! Caitlin recently sent us an update of how far she has come since graduating from Mercy in 2008. Caitlin came into the program with an unplanned pregnancy and had suffered abandonment, verbal abuse and depression. At Mercy, she learned to walk in the wisdom and wholeness of Christ, and her life was forever changed.

“I have been working on my degree in sports fitness and nutrition and have gotten married to a wonderful Godly man who is a Godsend to my daughter and I both! I have used everything I was taught to walk in at Mercy, especially the daily discipline of speaking truth and scripture over myself and my family. I am now leading a class at church for women who struggle with addictions to food, helping them deal with the roots of why we run to any addiction.

I cannot thank y'all enough for all the time and wisdom you instilled in me while at Mercy. I not only learned to walk in wholeness of mind, body and spirit, but also in self-discipline, even when trying times come! I tell everyone that Mercy was the game changer for me after being in and out of rehabs and psych wards. Generations in my family line will never be the same thanks to the healing and knowledge I received at Mercy! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love you guys!”
--Caitlin, 2008 Mercy graduate

Caitlin speaks for thousands of Mercy graduates who clearly recognize and deeply appreciate the significance of your financial support. Thank you for providing a way for young women like Caitlin to walk in freedom!

Sincerely in Christ,

Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Multiplying Freedom and Hope

Words cannot express just how grateful we are for your commitment to and support of Mercy Ministries! Your giving makes a tremendous impact, not just in the life of a Mercy girl, but in every life she goes on to touch.

I love how passionate our graduates are about sharing with others the freedom they’ve found in Christ! Amy, a 2014 graduate, struggled with self-harm and a severe eating disorder. At Mercy, she committed her life to Jesus, and He began to redeem and restore her body and spirit. In her post-graduation plans, she expressed her desire to travel around the world to share God’s love with others. A few months later, she had the opportunity to serve needy families in Baja, Mexico. I want to share with you a portion of the update we received from Amy after her trip.

“This experience was life changing! I went with a motive to just give whatever I could, but little did I know that I would get back much more than I could have imagined. About a year ago, I was in a place of hopelessness and death, and being able to give hope and life and be a light to someone else has blessed me so much. My God is so great! I am so excited to have been able to give back and pour into others the life I have been given. My life is a miracle, and it’s such a blessing to be part of a miracle in someone else’s life. Thanks again for helping me make this possible.”
 --Amy, 2014 Mercy graduate

From a point of darkness and hopelessness, Amy’s life now multiplies the freedom and hope she received at Mercy Ministries. Because of your financial partnership, you are helping send stories of transformation into a hurting world. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you are making possible!

Sincerely in Christ,

Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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