Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mercy Ministries Hero – Pam Winters!!!

About 15 years ago, Pam Winters came across an article about Mercy Ministries in a magazine she was reading and knew right away she had to help. Pam and her husband, Larry, are the founders of Leadership Team Development (LTD – affectionately referred to as Living The Dream). Larry and Pam have literally helped bring in millions of dollars through the years to support the work of Mercy Ministries. They have become dear friends of Mercy Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, and love spending time with her and our residents whenever possible.

Nancy with Pam (right) and Pam's daughter Tara (left)

This weekend, Pam visited the St. Louis home with her daughter, Tara, and her sons’ girlfriends, Caitlyn and Kim. On Friday, these amazing women arrived at the St. Louis home where the residents prepared some of Pam’s recipes for a delicious dinner. For dessert, everyone enjoyed two beautiful cakes that were carried by hand on the plane from Pam’s home in Raleigh! After dinner, they spent some time playing games with the girls and ended the evening with an amazing devotion. Pam reminded the residents that their Father is the King of Kings and they are all princesses. She generously gave each resident a crown ornament as a reminder of how God sees them.

Pam Winters, left on front row, with St. Louis residents

On Saturday, the St. Louis residents were invited to watch Pam’s son, Ricky, a professional motocross rider, compete in a big race at the Edward Jones Dome. The event began with a spectacular fireworks and pyrotechnic show and stunts by some amazing riders. The girls had great box seats and enjoyed hot dogs with all the trimmings. It was a great time of fun and fellowship.

St. Louis residents loved the Supercross Event!

Mercy residents loved the box that Pam provided.  So fun cheering on Pam’s son, Ricky!

Yesterday, Pam and her daughter, Tara, arrived at the Nashville home with Caitlyn and Kim to share a special message with the staff and residents. Hearts were touched as Pam shared part of her personal testimony, and many of the residents identified with her story of past abuse. She talked about how she first became involved with Mercy Ministries and said that Nancy Alcorn is not just a friend, but she is one of Pam’s heroes.

Pam Winters speaking to the Nashville staff and residents

Pam then delivered an inspiring message about strength and the true definition of success. “There’s a difference between being a strong woman and being a woman of strength,” she said. Pam explained that while a strong woman may be someone who is demanding, a woman of strength is someone who shows character and integrity. She gave many examples of what it meant to be a woman of strength and character. Here’s what some of the residents had to say about Pam’s encouraging words:

We may not think we are strong, but it takes strength to do a lot of things like surrender to God, love others and to change. I need to trust God and have faith in Him. I want to be a woman of strength and character. - Allie

I really enjoyed this message. I learned that there is a big difference in being a strong woman and a woman of strength. Discipline and faith both require strength. Discipline is remembering what you want most and not just what you want at the moment. I plan to learn to discipline myself and renew my mind every day! – Rebecca

Mrs. Winters' definition of what strength is and how discipline is remembering what you want most, not what you want just in the here and now, truly applies to every area of life. I also liked the reminder that we change every day. Life is a process and having plans is good, but we don’t always have control over the plan. We need to leave room for faith. I am really encouraged by that. – Crystal

Mercy Ministries wants to say a special “thank you” to Larry and Pam Winters and all of the LTD organization for their amazing support throughout the years. You have spread the vision of Mercy to thousands through your business, and your faithful contributions have provided hope and healing to so many young women! You are our heroes and we love you!

Caitlyn, Tara, Nancy, Pam, and Kim