Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mercy Ministries Luncheon Held for the First Time in Chattanooga!

A Friends of Mercy Luncheon was held for the first time at the beautiful Chattanooga Golf and Country Club this Tuesday, July 13th. Over 180 new friends were introduced to the work being done at Mercy Ministries and nearly $20,000 was raised in support of the young women we serve!

Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, was there to cast the vision. Nancy spoke of her experience in government programs where young women were told day after day that they had no choice in dealing with their issues and that they would never be free. She moved forward in her calling to build a home where women are assured that they do have a choice and that freedom can be found in the unconditional love of Jesus Christ because of her strong belief that God is not into treatment, He is into transformation.

Kaitlen and Natalie, two of the amazing young women to graduate from Mercy Ministries, shared their incredible testimonies of hope and healing. Natalie is now a Kindergarten teacher in the Chattanooga area and Kaitlen will be traveling overseas next year to conduct medical research. Both of these young women are powerful examples of the transformation and freedom that is possible in Christ.

The luncheon ended with special music by Mercy Artist Partner, Jonny Diaz. Jonny’s song, More Beautiful You, is a favorite of the Mercy girls. The song aims to tell young women of how they were beautifully created by God for a specific purpose and that they are loved just as they are.

Throughout the meal, our special guests were surrounded by an original artwork exhibit entitled “Portraits of Mercy.” The pieces were created by the Nashville residents under the direction of Bert VanderMark, Founder of Visual Parables. The paintings are available for purchase for $175. The pricing of each piece represents the cost of caring for one girl for one day in the Mercy Ministries program. To purchase one of these paintings or to find out more about Visual Parables, you can contact Bert VanderMark at bert@studiomontage.com.

Special thanks to Event Sponsors, Coca Cola Consolidated, J103, who donated thousands of dollars worth of media time, and Patron Sponsor, Chattem. We are also grateful for our table sponsors whose faithful contributions played a critical part in bringing the vision of Mercy Ministries to a wider audience. We are so happy that leaders in the Chattanooga area are committing their love and support. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and donations as we continue to expand the vision to see more lives transformed!

To find out more about how you can sponsor a Friends of Mercy Luncheon in your area, contact Whitney Nall at wnall@mercyministries.com.