Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Last weekend, the residents and staff at the Mercy Ministries home in St. Louis enjoyed a day at the ballpark to cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals. Thanks to a special gift from Albert and Deidre Pujols, the girls were able to watch the game in the owner’s suite and were treated to dinner and dessert.
Albert Pujols, star first baseman for the Cardinals, and his wife Deidre, are long time supporters of Mercy Ministries. Albert is widely regarded as one of the better players in the game today and credits his success in baseball to his Savior. He said, “People ask me if I believe how quickly my career has taken off. I just tell them that Jesus Christ is my strength. God has blessed me and I will continue to do my best for him. That is more important than anything I could ever do in baseball.” Last year, Deidre Pujols visited the St. Louis Mercy Ministries home and shared her heart to help young women understand modesty and purity.
One resident described the baseball game as one of the highlights of her Mercy experience. She said, “It was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will never forget! We were treated like royalty. I felt so special. It was a fun way to relax and enjoy myself!”
To top it all of, the girls cheered the Cardinals on to a 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres. Mercy Ministries would like to thank Albert and Deidre Pujols for your awesome support! Go Cardinals!!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Andrea was adopted into a wonderful Christian family when she was a baby. A few months ago, she came to Mercy Ministries for help with an unplanned pregnancy. She knew adoption was the right choice for her and wanted the same positive outcome for her daughter. Andrea shared, “Through lots of prayer and divine connections God led me to the perfect family for Abigail. He has given me more than I could have ever dreamed of throughout my pregnancy.”
Mercy Ministries would like to thank our faithful supporters for saving another precious life. Because of your support, lives are being saved and restored each and every day.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Our theme for the immediate future is a season of doubling because of all the girls that are on our waiting list. So in this season of doubling, we are rejoicing for the double blessing of these 2 beautiful babies.
Your support is saving and changing lives every day, and we thank God for you!!
To help in this season of doubling, visit www.doublemercy.com.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Mercy Ministries' girls and staff were excited to welcome Lara Martin to the Nashville home on Thursday. Lara is a singer, songwriter, and worship leader at Abundant Life Church located in Bradford, England, and she also serves on the Board of Directors for Mercy Ministries UK.
Lara met Nancy Alcorn and first heard about Mercy Ministries when Nancy spoke in the UK in October of 1999. Not long after that, Lara and the women’s director from Abundant Life Church visited the Nashville home and fell in love with the work of Mercy Ministries. They were interested in learning more about the ministry in hopes of helping bring Mercy Ministries to the United Kingdom – which has now become a reality as we have a home open in the Bradford area and plans for expansion in the UK well underway.
Lara was astonished to see the growth that has taken place at Mercy Ministries over the last 9 years as well as the continued excellence. She loved the atmosphere and exclaimed, “I feel the presence of God as soon as I walk in the doors. You can’t deny it. It is very powerful.”
This month Mercy Ministries celebrated the graduation of five girls from the St. Louis home. Here are their stories of transformation and hope:
When I was 12 years old my father passed away. My family life was very chaotic and I struggled with my loss. I turned to bulimia to cope with my pain. I struggled with this eating disorder for 13 years. When I couldn’t overcome the eating disorder on my own, I began to experiment with drugs and alcohol… somehow, I thought they were a solution to my problem. I became addicted to meth and alcohol. Unfortunately I could not fix my problems on my own. I knew I needed help. I searched for places I could go to get help. After calling several facilities, I found Mercy.
When I arrived at Mercy Ministries, I didn’t have a relationship with God. My future was bleak. I had always tried to resolve my problems on my own. But while I was at Mercy, God transformed my life. For the first time, I accepted Christ into my heart and developed a personal relationship with Him. He has shown me that I am not alone and He will help me get through my struggles. When I am faced with a problem, I have learned to look to Him for guidance. God has revealed His grace to me and has forgiven my sins. Now I am capable of forgiving myself and looking forward to my future.
After Mercy, I will stay at home and take care of my two children. I am going back to school to become a Respiratory Therapist. My future is bright and I will continue to build my relationship with God.
After Mercy I am going to live with my dad in Colorado Springs. I plan on finishing my degree in exercise science and dietetics. I am looking forward to seeing my son and his family. I want to share my Mercy experience with them. God is restoring my relationship with my dad and sister. This was only possible after I got right with Him first. My priorities are finally straight and I plan to love and follow Christ for the rest of my life!”
I would like to encourage anyone who is lost and wonders if there is more to life to try Mercy Ministries. Giving up 6 months of your life to find true, lasting happiness is so worth it. At Mercy, I discovered who I was. Now I know that happiness is not based on what size I am. Happiness comes in knowing that I am loved unconditionally by a God who created me.”
God has done so much in my life here at Mercy. I had been raised in a church that was very legalistic so I viewed God as someone sitting up in Heaven waiting for me to mess up so that He could strike me down. I finally understand that being a Christian is not about being perfect. Now I know God loves me unconditionally. He is my friend and my father and he has given me my life back. I want to tell my testimony to others so they can experience this freedom too.
I would encourage anyone even thinking about coming to Mercy to pursue it. It hasn’t been an easy journey but it has been well worth it. When you let go and allow God to work though you, He will do amazing things. I now have a life worth living!”
“I had been dealing with an eating disorder and a chemical dependency problem off and on for the past 4 years. I had a deep sense of rejection and I had no idea who I was. I found out about Mercy Ministries through James Robison. He had Nancy on his show and told my parents about the ministry.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Contemporary Christian artist Natalie Grant is a long-time friend and supporter of Mercy Ministries.
Because of the life-controlling issue that she overcame, Natalie Grant is able to empathize with and truly support the young women at Mercy Ministries. She has spoken to the girls at the Nashville, TN home, and she was a key part of the Mercy Ministries 25th Anniversary Celebration in April 2008. To read about the celebration, visit click here.
To learn more about Natalie Grant and her heart for Mercy Ministries, visit her website at www.nataliegrant.com.
Thanks Natalie Grant for all of your love and support of Mercy Ministries!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
On Saturday June 28, Mercy Ministries’ residents joined fans at Greer Stadium in Nashville for the chance to watch their favorite Tennessee Titans battle it out in the eighth annual “Jeff Fisher & Friends” Charity Softball Game. Included in the crowd of 5,000 Titans fans were the girls and staff from the Nashville home.
The softball game featured present and former members of the Tennessee Titans competing against each other, while raising funds to help the Nashville community. Proceeds from the game benefited Mercy Ministries, as well as several other local charities.
The Mercy Ministries girls had such a great time cheering on their favorite Titans, including head coach Jeff Fisher, as well as Vince Young, Chris Hope, Bo Scaife, Calvin Lowry, Cortland Finnegan, Craig Hentrich, Kevin Mawae, Ken Amato, Kerry Collins, Casey Cramer, David Thornton, Jason Jones, Ingle Martin, Benji Olson, Nick Harper, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Justin Gage, Jevon Kearse, Ahmad Hall, Rob Bironas, Reynaldo Hill and Stephen Tulloch. They were joined by former Titans Frank Wycheck, Brad Hopkins, Chris Sanders, Kevin Dyson and Marcus Robertson, who is also an assistant coach to the Titans.
“These players started their vacation yesterday and felt like this was an important event to come out and participate in tonight,” said Fisher.
For the first time in the history of the event, Fisher’s blue team was defeated by coach Alan Lowry’s white team by a score of 14-12 after 10 innings.
Following the game, Coach Fisher named Chris Sanders, former Titans wide receiver, as the game’s MVP, as well as Rob Bironas as the player least likely to be named “player of the game”. The evening was brought to a close with a phenomenal display of fireworks for the grand finale.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Valley Family Church
For Mercy Ministries Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, the past few weeks have been filled with much traveling, speaking, and sharing the heart and vision of Mercy Ministries all over the world.
Nancy’s first stop was Valley Family Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan with Pastors Jeff and Beth Jones, where she spoke at all four of their weekend services. Pastors Jeff and Beth asked Nancy to share the heart and vision of Mercy Ministries to their congregation since it was her first time there. She was also able to encourage the church to reach out and meet the needs of people in their own local community, since the pastors are making that their number one focus for a season of time.
One of the highlights of Nancy’s trip was getting to reconnect with Beth, a Mercy Ministries’ graduate from years ago. Beth shared her own personal story during each service about how she found freedom from an eating disorder while at Mercy Ministries. Beth is now happily married, and she and her husband are actively involved at Valley Family Church. There is no greater joy for Nancy and the Mercy staff than to see our former residents go on to live flourishing lives and give back to their churches and communities!
A special thanks to Pastors Jeff and Beth Jones for the opportunity to share Mercy with your congregation and for your monthly partnership! For more information about this awesome church, please visit their website at www.kvfc.org.
Annual Girlfriends Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Next, Nancy was scheduled to be a keynote speaker at Nancy Pankratz’s annual Girlfriends Conference, hosted by Church of the Harvest in Oklahoma City. The lives of many women were touched during the three-day conference of great teaching and anointed praise and worship.
Nancy was also asked to speak to a special ministry there called ‘Rescue the Girls’. This ministry offers life skills and spiritual training for women in crisis, hardship, or life transitional situations by providing mentors to help them through difficult times, and to also give them spiritual guidance. Nancy loved being able to spend time encouraging the women from ‘Rescue the Girls’ and even donated some of Mercy Ministries’ books and resources to help further the program and reach out to the girls of Oklahoma City.
For more information about Girlfriends Conference or Church of the Harvest, check out their website at www.harvestokc.com.
Mercy Founder, Nancy Alcorn,
pictured in Dubai with
best-selling leadership author,
John Maxwell, and his wife, Margaret
Nabi and Angela Saleh, who own all the Gloria Jean’s Coffee stores around the globe, hosted their International Convention with franchisees from all over the world, which they do every other year. Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ partnership with Mercy Ministries originally began in Australia, but now they sponsor Mercy on an international level. It was an honor for Nancy to be invited to speak alongside Pastor Brian Houston from Hillsong Church and John Maxwell, leadership expert, author, and speaker.
When asked about her time in Dubai, this is what Nancy had to say, “Of course it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Dubai, but the thing that stood out to me the most was the amazing generosity and hospitality of Nabi and Angela Saleh. There is no one in the world that I have ever met who is so gracious and who goes so above and beyond with superior excellence in everything they do. This conference was no exception, as Nabi and Angela had a week full of highlights and amazing surprises for all those who spoke and all those who attended. I am so touched and so moved by the compassion and love that was so clearly displayed.”
For more information about Gloria Jean’s Coffees, visit their website at www.gloriajeans.com.
We are very proud to have Gloria Jean’s as our first international corporate sponsor!!
Nancy visits the UK home
Bradford, United Kingdom
Nancy’s next trip took her to the United Kingdom to be a part the Cherish Women’s Conference hosted by Charlotte Scanlon-Gambill of Abundant Life Church in Bradford, England. Featured speakers were Helen Burns, pastor and author from Vancouver, Canada, and Lisa Bevere, author and speaker from Colorado Springs.
Nancy was also asked to share during the conference about the work of Mercy Ministries in the UK. In an overwhelming response, Mercy Ministries UK added 60 new monthly partners who are excited about being a part of transforming the lives of young women! Nancy was also able to see and spend time with the girls from Mercy Ministries UK home.
For more information about the Cherish Women’s Conference, please visit their website at www.alm.org.uk.