Monday, June 20, 2011

From Death to Life – 23 Mercy Ministries Residents Demonstrate New Life Through Baptism!

There is no greater joy than to see young women who have carried pain, shame, guilt and condemnation for years decide to choose life and freedom! Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “This day I set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose life that you and your seed may live.” Last Friday, June 17th, 23 of our Nashville residents were excited to demonstrate, through water baptism, that they are leaving the past behind and choosing to live for Christ.

Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, Nancy Alcorn, was so honored to stand with, pray over, and baptize each girl as they testified to transformation and healing and their desire to start fresh. Just as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new!” Here’s what some of the girls had to say about what baptism means to them:

This was such an amazing experience and something that I will remember for the rest of my life. - Becca

Being baptized was a really amazing experience. It really signified a lot to me, and it was great seeing my sisters get baptized. - Ashley

This was definitely a day to remember. I’m never going back to the way things were before. - Amanda

The baptism was such a special day for me. Rededicating my life to God through baptism was a beautiful way to continue in my new relationship with Him. - Chelsey

This day was so awesome for me because I got to show that I have buried my old self and have a new way of living now. - Ashley

Since 1983, Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge, voluntary Christian residential program has served a diverse population of young women from various socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking, as well as those who face life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. If you need help or would like more information about how you can get involved with Mercy Ministries, please visit