Monday, October 13, 2014

Girls Who Were Once Broken Can Become World Changers

I hope you know that your support literally allows women to dream again and fully experience the life they were created for. Just a few months ago, the story of one of our Mercy graduates was a topic of inspiration on the U.S. Senate floor, and I want to share it with you.

While at Mercy, Amnoni faced and overcame her childhood struggles and allowed God to turn them into her passion: advocating for kids who don’t have a voice. Amnoni recently completed an internship with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. She worked directly on solution-based policies that addressed the very foster care system that created such instability in her own life.

“I became a ward of the state of Massachusetts the day I was born. I never knew stability or unconditional love growing up, moving around from one foster home to another. Eventually, I aged out of the foster care system and was shoved into independence with no family, no support, and no place to call home. I was left feeling shattered and confused.

At Mercy, I was able to gain a better understanding of myself and learn about God’s unconditional love for me. I would have never imagined that one day I would have the opportunity to present a policy report to the White House staff and Congress making critical recommendations on standardized, trauma-informed care practices and training for foster and adoptive parents. I want to thank Mercy Ministries for never giving up on me but providing hope for my life. I am excited to see what God will continue to do!”
--Amnoni, 2009 Mercy graduate

Because of supporters like you, girls who were once broken and hopeless go on to become world changers! Not only does your giving impact the residents we serve today, but also the people our Mercy graduates influence tomorrow. Thank you!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Ripple Effect That Can Impact the World

I can’t fully express how much your financial gifts to this ministry continue to impact lives month after month, year after year. Every time I hear one of our graduates talk about a dream in her life coming to pass, I think about supporters like you.

Recently, I received an update from a 2012 Mercy graduate named Lavonna, and I’d like to share a portion of it with you. Before Lavonna came to Mercy, she put on a “good student” facade to conceal the sexual abuse she endured as a child and the eating disorder and self-harm issues that spiraled from it. She is now walking in freedom and God is using her education as a platform to share hope with others.

Since graduating from Mercy, a lot has happened in my life, and every day I just thank God for all that Mercy did, for Nancy, and the supporters.

Before Mercy, I was in grad school pursuing my doctorate in psychology, mostly going through the motions. Today, I’m not only at the end of my degree and will graduate magna cum laude, but I’m living life abundantly and joyfully because of the transformation I encountered! I have had the opportunity several times a month to share my testimony and about Mercy. I am an adjunct professor now and over the last several semesters, I have incorporated the Mercy promo videos into each class so more people will be aware of Mercy and the help that is out there.

In May, I found another unique avenue of sharing my story, which was by auditioning to speak at TedxDayton. God has been so good and so faithful! And even though life after Mercy hasn’t always been smooth sailing, I have the tools needed to keep fighting! Thanks for all you do!
--Lavonna, 2012 Mercy graduate

Your giving literally restores the futures of girls who at one point had given up on themselves. One changed life like Lavonna’s produces a ripple effect that can impact the world everywhere she goes. Thank you so much for partnering with us in changing lives!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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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.