Thursday, March 4, 2010

Rubies and Pearls – A Great Success!!

Mercy Ministries Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, recently visited the UK to attend a major fundraising gala for Mercy UK to celebrate the success of the home thus far and to cast the vision for the future. While she was there, Nancy also had the privilege of speaking that same weekend at Abundant Life Church in Bradford, England.

On Friday evening, February 26, guests gathered from all over the UK and Europe for the Rubies and Pearls Fundraising Gala. The gala was hosted by UK Executive Director, Arianna Walker, who started the evening by warmly welcoming the guests. After a great dinner, Pastor Paul Scanlon of Abundant Life Church shared about how he and Nancy Alcorn first crossed paths at Hillsong Church in Australia in 1999. From that point on, the entire Scanlon family and Abundant Life Church have partnered with Mercy Ministries to see the lives of hurting young women in the UK restored and transformed.

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30 former Mercy residents came back to be a part of this awesome event. They shared their testimonies by holding up posters that defined their lives before and after Mercy. For example, one girl’s poster said, “Violated by many,” and when she flipped the poster over it said, “Rescued by One!” Girl after girl gave glory to God for the miracle of transformation that has taken place in her life. Mercy Ministries also announced that the UK facilities will be expanded in order to double their capacity, and renovations are set to begin in April 2010!

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Here is what Nancy Alcorn had to say about this special Mercy UK event:

“On this special night, it was an honor for me to be asked to give our guests an overview of what Mercy does and how we’ve progressed over the years. For me, the highlight of the evening was being able to see and talk to several of the girls from years past. We had some time together after the event to catch up and take some photos. Then, many of the former residents came back for services at Abundant Life Church on Sunday. I’m so proud of our UK team for all their hard work, not only with this awesome event, but also for the great job they do working with the girls we serve on a daily basis. I’m very excited about the way God is moving there! It was altogether a great Mercy family weekend!”

To learn more about Mercy Ministries UK, visit their website at http://www.mercyministries.co.uk/. To learn more about Abundant Life Church and the Scanlon family, visit http://www.alm.org.uk/.

Check out these pictures from Nancy’s trip to the UK!

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