Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What Unconditional Love Looks Like

On behalf of all our staff, graduates and the young women in our homes, I want you to know just how much your support means. Your giving truly does bring hope and transformation to the lives of hurting young women!

Recently, we had a graduate reach out to us to ask how she could personally thank the supporters and donors who made her stay at Mercy possible. In 2010, Sara came to Mercy seeking freedom from the abuse, addictions, anxiety and depression she had endured. Her life was changed because of you, and five years later, you are still on her mind:

"Words cannot express how grateful I am for your unconditional love and support to me, a complete stranger. While at Mercy, the girls and I prayed for you before every meal. We never took your generosity for granted.

To think that someone would invest financially into me—a girl who had done shameful things, turned from God, and believed her life wasn't worth fighting for—made no sense. Your giving proved to me that unconditional love does exist and that I was worth receiving it. 

It will be five years this April that I first walked through the doors of Mercy, and every time I recall my days there, I always tear up when someone asks "How is it that Mercy was free of charge for you?" I then get to tell them about you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!"

--Sara, 2010 Mercy graduate

Sara speaks for thousands of Mercy graduates who clearly recognize and deeply appreciate the significance of your financial partnership. They understand that without caring people like you, they would not have been able to come to Mercy free of charge to receive the hope and healing they needed. You are a major part of our team, and we thank God for you every day!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Loving Her Through Her Darkest Moments

You are making a way for so many young women to find hope and freedom they never thought possible. In fact, they consistently tell us just how thankful they are for you! Carrie, a 2013 graduate, recently told us she is celebrating two years of being free from addiction, anorexia, perfectionism, anxiety and depression since coming to Mercy. Her life has been completely transformed, and she wants the world to know the God who set her free:

“Today I celebrate the work of the Lord in my life. Looking back over the past two years, it is hard to believe what God has done for me. I went from broken, lost, homeless, strung out, and miserable to whole and healed. After being told by a psychiatrist that I would never work as a nurse again because I was too sick, God opened unbelievable doors for me! I have worked as a Director of Nursing, and now I am training students to become nurses. I also went from feeling unseen, unloved, and hopeless to meeting the man God had for me all along. In just over two months I will become his wife—something I never thought would happen for a girl like me. 

The Lord has restored my relationship with my family, blessed me with an incredible new family, and surrounded me with the most incredible group of godly women. God has given me amazing opportunities to share his goodness and love with others. Everything Satan had stolen from me God has given back to me above and beyond what I even thought possible. God loved me so much that He gave His only son so that I might have life—a life that I don't deserve but get to live because of this sacrifice. I am here to tell you that I would not be alive today if it weren't for the work of Christ in my life. I am so thankful to Mercy Ministries for taking in a broken and lost girl and loving me through some of my darkest moments. God is able to do far more than you can ever think or imagine if you let Him be Lord in your life.”
--Carrie, 2013 Mercy graduate

I hope you are encouraged to know that you are a part of Carrie’s testimony. This once broken and hopeless girl is now living in freedom because people like you made a way for her to encounter the healing power of Jesus Christ at Mercy Ministries. Thank you so much for partnering with us!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President


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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