Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nancy Alcorn Featured in Good News Magazine

Ministering to the struggles of young women

After working for eight years in juvenile corrections facilities and emergency protective services, Nancy Alcorn saw many girls funneled through the system without any hope of actual change. Many had been raised by drug addicts, prostitutes, or the foster system. Others came from seemingly benign suburban homes.

Determined to halt the cycle of generational addictions and wounds, she opened Mercy Ministries. Today, the ministry has a global presence that reaches young women with addictions, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies, abuse, and depression.

While Mercy Ministries is an interdenominational enterprise, Nancy’s own faith roots plunge deep within the United Methodist Church: her conversion blossomed from a Lay Witness Mission event. As Mercy Ministries celebrates its 25th anniversary, founder Nancy Alcorn spoke with Elizabeth Glass-Turner about helping young women who are struggling with life-controlling issues.

Good News: How do you view the work of Mercy Ministries?

Nancy Alcorn: We are an interdenominational Christian social service organization placed in the community to help hurting people.

While many treatment programs for girls charge anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 a day, we believe in taking girls in free-of-charge. We recognize that we’re not equipped to help every situation—but we do try to specialize in problematic issues facing young women. If a girl comes to us, we’re going to do everything we can to help her. If she walks away feeling like she didn’t get the help she needed, at least she’s not walking away with a big bill that she’ll spend the rest of her life trying to pay.

When it comes to pregnancy, our heart is to provide a practical way that a young girl who’s in that situation can choose life and receive all the possible choices that she can make—whether that be single parenting, or placing a child up for adoption. We have our own adoption agency for girls who want to choose that option.

READ FULL STORY from Good News Magazine November/December 2008 by Elizabeth Glass-Turner