Monday, March 31, 2014

Noelle's Story

As the weather starts to warm up and spring approaches, I can’t help but think of new life, miracles, and the abundant hope we have through Jesus. Nothing compares to the hope that you experience when you see God’s miraculous hand at work. When 2008 Mercy graduate Noelle emailed us recently to tell us the incredible news about her miracle baby, Wyatt, I just had to share her story with you.  Noelle and her husband battled infertility for eight long years, but last year, God’s promise of a child was finally and miraculously fulfilled.

“I came to Mercy Ministries to find hope and healing from an eating disorder I had battled since I was a little girl. While at Mercy, I learned invaluable tools that would help me through a very long and hard journey of infertility that my husband and I began after I graduated from the program and returned home. Doctors gave us a 5% chance of ever having a baby, and after two unsuccessful rounds of fertility treatment, it was very hard not to give up hope. It was then that I relied on God's Word to keep me strong and remain hopeful! I spoke His truth over my mind and body every time fear would rise!

Along this journey my husband and I met many people who prayed for us to conceive and each time I was encouraged and my faith seemed to grow! Imagine how elated we were when we discovered our dream had finally come true—I was pregnant! God had answered our prayers!! Nine months later my little bundle of joy entered the world…our son Wyatt truly is our miracle baby!” – Noelle, 2008 Mercy Graduate

Little Wyatt is alive today because of the healing Noelle experienced at Mercy, and the strengthening of her faith to believe God for miracles. He is faithful, and He works through donors like you to transform these girls’ hearts and lives forever. Noelle’s life has been changed by the power of God, and she and her husband will no doubt pass that faith for the miraculous on to their son. Look what the Lord has done!

Thank you again for partnering with us to see miracles happen in these girls’ lives.

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Another Amazing Transformation!

Watching the girls in our program have their lives transformed by the love of Christ is truly amazing, and your support makes it possible. We can’t do it without you!

I think of girls like Emma, who endured physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of her peers as a teenager. She would drink until she couldn’t feel the pain, and when that stopped working, she turned to self-harm and even tried to take her own life many times. She had given up on herself, but God never gave up on her! At Mercy, Emma rededicated her life to Christ and was changed from the inside out. She graduated last year full of hope, confidence, and joy. She is now at college pursuing a degree in youth ministry!

 “At Mercy, God allowed me to start hoping and dreaming again. Before Mercy, I really had no true hope. But now I have dreams that are way bigger than me! I also have a relationship with God that is fresh and exciting.
I want to say thank you to all the Mercy supporters from the bottom of my heart for giving me my life back. It really means a lot to know that people obeyed God, and I get to be on the receiving end of it. I hope to one day do the same and touch others’ lives as I follow what God has planned for me.” 
-- Emma, 2013 Mercy Graduate 

 Emma is walking in the freedom and abundant life she never knew was possible before, and she’s excited about sharing that freedom with others. Your willingness to give to Mercy Ministries provides a pathway of freedom not only for girls in our program like Emma, but for all who they go on to impact. Thank you for your support and for being part of every changed life!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn

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Monday, July 1, 2013

From Resident to Doctorate!

I hope you know that your support is making a way for girls to dream again and realize the potential they once thought was lost forever. Just a few weeks ago, one of our Mercy graduates, Michele, received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University! I want you to hear in her own words just how much this awesome achievement means to her, and how truly thankful she is for caring supporters like you:

I can’t describe the joy I felt as I walked across the graduation stage at Vanderbilt University and was hooded as a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. It was a long journey to get to where I am today; a decade ago many professionals would have said it was impossible. But they don’t know my Heavenly Father. I walked off of the stage into the loving embrace of my husband and looked around at the friends and family that surrounded me. My eyes welled up with tears and I was overcome with gratitude. It really was a group journey; I did not get here alone. 

I will likely not get the privilege of meeting each supporter of Mercy Ministries that made my journey possible. If I could, I would give each of you a big hug. Even 9 years after graduating from Mercy, I am aware of how much your prayers and donations changed my life, and the lives of hundreds of other girls who desperately needed the healing power of Christ. You may not have physically been there that day, but I felt your presence as I walked across the graduation stage. Actually, I have felt you silently cheering me on during every single step of my journey, from the time I walked into Mercy Ministries as a lost and hopeless girl to when I was handed my Ph.D. as a bright, confident and joyful child of God. You will always be an important part of my life and I will remain grateful for you as I continue into the next part of this incredible journey that God has laid out for me. Thank you. 

 - Michele, 2004 Graduate 

If it weren’t for faithful partners like you, Michele may have never found the healing and life transformation Christ died for her to have. What others say is impossible, you help make possible through your support. On behalf of all our residents, graduates and staff, I just can’t thank you enough!!

Sincerely in Christ,
Nancy Alcorn 
Founder and President

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Miracle of a Changed Life

The result of your giving is changed lives, and there is no greater miracle than a changed life! Without caring supporters like you, these girls would not be able to come to Mercy free of charge and have the opportunity to choose a different ending for their life story.

I want you to realize what a tremendous impact your giving makes, not just in the lives of individual girls, but in every life they touch with their story of transformation. I love how passionate our graduates are about sharing with others the freedom they’ve found in Christ! Heather, a 2011 graduate, came to Mercy as a young single mom whose life was spiraling out of control due to alcohol addiction and self-destructive choices. Her life has now been completely transformed, and she wants the world to know the God who set her free at Mercy:

Tuesday I shared my testimony with my professor, yesterday with another single mom I know who is struggling, and today I had the opportunity to share with a classmate. It's amazing how often God opens the door for me to share with others. Whether it has been 2 months, 2 years or 20 years since graduating from Mercy, I want to always be prepared to share His story!

- Heather, 2011 Graduate

One changed life like Heather’s produces a ripple effect that can impact the world everywhere she goes. Through your financial partnership, you are helping send these girls’ stories of transformation into a hurting world. Because of you, they become a bright light shining the hope available in Christ. Thank you so much for partnering with us in changing lives!

Sincerely in Christ,

Nancy Alcorn
Founder and President

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