Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mercy Triumphs over Judgment

Nancy Alcorn spent five years as the athletic director at a Tennessee correctional facility for juvenile delinquent girls. Then she spent the next three years of her life as a supervisor for foster care in Nashville, TN. While working at these government run facilities, Nancy realized the girls that were involved in drug use, prostitution, abuse and crime would return to their destructive lifestyles as soon as they were released from custody. Time and time again, she saw the same girls coming back to the correctional facilities with the same charges they had previously faced.

During this period of her life, Nancy realized that the government programs were inadequate and did not offer real transformation in the lives of hurting young women. Nancy explained, “I began to see a pattern. You know, girls would be there, and we were told because of separation of church and state that we couldn’t share our faith and Christian beliefs and we were not allowed to speak to them about the forgiveness of God and new beginnings. The kids would go back home to the same environment and a lot of the girls that were locked up there had been involved in gangs; and some had been involved with drug dealers. Some had even been involved in prostitution and their pimps were waiting on them. So these women were getting locked up for a year at a time and we would try to change them from the outside and change their behavior but it never seemed to transform their lives.” Nancy knew that only Jesus could bring restoration into the lives of these girls who were so desperately hurting.

READ FULL STORY from PFT Promise for Teens magazine, Spring 2009