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

P.S. Click here if you would like to give another gift.

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

P.S. Click here if you would like to give another gift.

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

P.S. Click here if you would like to give another gift.