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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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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