Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Amazing Weekend at Designed for Life Women’s Conference

This past weekend, Mercy Ministries Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, was invited to speak at the annual Designed for Life women’s conference hosted by Debbie Lindell, co-pastor with her husband John of James River Assembly in Springfield, MO. The theme of the conference was SO LOVED and the 2,200 women in attendance were challenged to realize how much God loves them and what an impact they can have on the world by sharing God’s unconditional love with others. Nancy was joined by fellow guest speakers Charlotte Scanlon-Gambill, Associate Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Bradford, England and Lisa Bevere, accomplished author and speaker from Colorado Springs, CO.


Conference host Debbie Lindell and her team graciously invited the Mercy Ministries St. Louis girls to be their special guests. Not only did they allow the girls to come free of charge, but they lavished gifts on them by creating an entire store of pajamas and toiletries for the girls to go shopping and pick out brand new things!! Every resident had the opportunity to pick out 5 items – 2 pairs of pajamas, as well as socks, slippers, robes, and bath products! The residents were entertained when Debbie modeled one of the robes for them. Here is what Nancy Alcorn had to say about this church’s overwhelming generosity:

It is always special when God bonds people together for His purposes, and I certainly felt that bond with conference host Debbie Lindell – what an amazing woman she is!!


The James River worship band was joined by musical guests Shane and Shane to lead worship. In addition to the heartfelt prayer and ministry, the St. Louis residents were moved by the great love and hospitality they experienced.

Nancy Alcorn and Lisa Bevere pictured with the St. Louis Mercy Girls!

Nancy Alcorn also had the opportunity to speak at James River Assembly’s three Sunday morning services at their Wilsons Creek Campus. Mercy Ministries is so excited about connecting with this awesome church and is looking forward to our next visit!

Here is what some of the residents had to say about this special weekend:

Teresa said, “I was overwhelmed with so many blessings and undeserved grace. God keeps showing me He has me right where He wants me and keeps pouring out His love on me.”

Katie said, “The Conference was so cool! The speakers were amazing and I got so much out of each one of the teachings!”

Cortney said, “I feel so blessed to have been there. The treatment we received from the James River staff made me feel like royalty! I loved it!”

To learn more about James River Assembly, visit their website at www.jamesriver.org.

Check out this slideshow of pictures to view this life-changing weekend!