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

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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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