Monday, August 3, 2009

Another Incredible Week at Mercy Ministries

Nashville residents and staff have had an empowering week of teaching and worship through the powerful teaching of Mark Hankins and the inspired worship of Higher Ground Ministries.

Mark Hankins and his wife Trina travel internationally, delivering a message of victory through the blood of Jesus Christ. When we heard that they were going to be in Nashville, Nancy Alcorn was so excited to invite them out to visit the Nashville home to see the ministry first hand and to share with the girls and staff about their identity in Christ. Teaching about fighting from victory rather than for victory, Mark shared with the girls that in order for faith to change things, we have to acknowledge every good thing that is in us in Christ and see our identities in Him. He shared many hilarious personal examples from his childhood, all of which kept the girls laughing and on the edge of their seats. The girls and staff were incredibly moved by Mark and Trina’s passion and ministry.

(Pictured L to R) Mark Hankins, Nancy Alcorn, Trina Hankins

Residents were also absolutely thrilled to enjoy a special private concert from Higher Ground, a dynamic gospel trio that not only makes amazing music, but touches hearts in a deep and personal way. Wayne Hilliard, Eddie Combs and Travis Adams were excited and honored to be able to share their musical talents and personal ministry with our girls and staff. The girls especially loved their song, “Woman in the House,” that spoke of God’s special design for women through their faith. Even more than the incredible music, was the way the men connected with our girls with their contagious and joyful personalities!

(Pictured L to R) Travis Adams, Wayne Hilliard, Nancy Alcorn, Eddie Combs

Here is what some of the Mercy girls had to say in response to this week’s dynamic and impacting visitors:

Kristan said, “I learned that the blood of Jesus removed all residue of sin. It does more than just forgive us, but cleanses us to make us new. There is not one little crack or crevice that the blood of Jesus does not touch. Our guilt for any past sin is removed. I know I’m not guilty anymore.”

Michelle said, “I have to acknowledge and act on who I am in Christ and not focus on my own efforts or on my past. I want to believe and act as the new creation that I am, refusing to let the devil cheat me out of my destiny!”

Jessica said, “I plan to implement the “In Christ” statements that Mark shared with us and make note cards from them so I can speak confessions of faith each day.”

Gina said, “The guys in Higher Ground have an amazing love for God. They were so truthful and their songs spoke to my heart.”

To learn more about Mark and Trina Hankins check out their website at

To learn more about Higher Ground Ministries visit their website at