Friday, September 30, 2011

From Fear to Freedom - Four New Amazing Lincoln Graduates!

“I was completely consumed with fear and wouldn’t leave my home for months at a time… [God] showed me that I have nothing to fear and that He has a great plan and purpose for my life,” said recent graduate, Aimee. After losing all hope that they would ever overcome their issues, Aimee and three other recent graduates now walk in freedom, their lives completely transformed by the love of Christ at Mercy Ministries. Staff, residents, family and friends recently gathered at the California home to celebrate their graduation. Here are their powerful stories of restoration and healing:

Aimee

My life before Mercy was one full of hopelessness and despair. I had no idea who I really was, and my eating disorder totally defined me. I was completely consumed with fear and wouldn’t leave my home for months at a time. I felt like I was on a roller coaster and struggled with severe episodes of depression. My eating disorder ruled every decision I made. I would steal money and food, and I lied constantly. I became someone I didn’t even recognize. I knew I needed help and that God had the answers. I heard about Mercy from a previous employer, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has completely opened my eyes to His truth. He has shown me that my identity is in Him, and that I am of great worth and value. He showed me that I have nothing to fear and that He has a great plan and purpose for my life. I now have an intense hunger to learn His Word and to help others find freedom.

After graduation, I plan to go to a school for Biblical studies through Youth With A Mission (YWAM). I want to gain a greater knowledge of God’s Word, and then I plan to do missions work with YWAM.


Julie

I was sexually abused at a young age which led to self-hatred and a skewed body image. I had lots of misconceptions about God. I also had a very perfectionist and legalistic mindset and was constantly seeking approval and attention. I began dieting at the age of 12, which eventually became a lifestyle of binging and purging. I also used laxatives and extreme exercise to lose weight. I was obsessed with the pursuit of being thin, perfect and loved. Bulimia was a coping mechanism and addiction that I could not seem to escape. I knew I needed help from someone that had experience with eating disorders and a solid Christian standard. A friend gave me Nancy Alcorn’s book “Starved” and I did some research on the Mercy website. I felt if I didn’t get help, there was no way I would be alive much longer, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God completely changed my view of who He is and who I am in Him. I have learned that it is His Holy Spirit inside of me that gives me the power to pursue a life of victory and self control. I learned that God is not disappointed and angry, but loving and compassionate. He showed me that He has a plan for me, and I need to depend on Him. This is an amazing ministry that God used to transform all areas of my life. I will never be the same, and I am so thankful for all that Mercy did to facilitate the healing process.

After graduation, I will complete my Spanish degree in hopes of doing long term missions work in a Spanish-speaking country. I would also like to be a wife and a mother one day. I am so grateful that God has graciously supplied above and beyond all of my needs.


Heather

Before coming to Mercy, I was so lost and confused. I tried so many things to numb the pain I felt so deep in my soul. I struggled with alcohol addiction, self-harm and depression. I was in such a dark place of shame, despair and secrets that I didn’t know where to turn or what to do. I had no hope and couldn’t imagine my life getting any better. I was constantly filled with fear and wanted my life to end. I heard about Mercy from a friend. I wanted to gain freedom from the issues that were controlling my life.

While at Mercy, God transformed me. I am truly a new creation in Him, and I feel like a different person. I now know my life has purpose and meaning. God has been so faithful through my journey here and I know He will continue to be faithful in my future.

After graduation, I am moving to Colorado to work for a sports ministry. I will travel with them all over the world and spread the gospel of Christ to younger generations. I feel so blessed that God brought me to Mercy and completely transformed my life.


Caitlin

For the past 12 years I struggled with bulimia. I was completely trapped by Satan’s lies and believed I would never be good enough and would always be rejected. I could not function because of the eating disorder and felt totally hopeless to overcome it. My life was out of control, and I completely isolated myself from others. I was searching on the internet and found Mercy’s website. I thought that Mercy might be a chance for me to have healing and freedom, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God completely healed and transformed my life. He helped me to no longer identify myself with the lies from the enemy. God has given me a new identity in His son, Jesus Christ. He has given me strength and power to overcome anything that may come against me.

After graduation, I plan to finish my degree in psychology and become a Christian counselor to help other hurting girls like me.


Congratulations Aimee, Julie, Heather and Caitlin! Your transformations have been incredible to watch, and we are so proud of you! You are going to help so many others know that freedom is possible through the unconditional love of Christ. We look forward to all that God has in store for you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mercy Ministries Wants To Connect With You!

Help us meet our goal of 10,000 “Likes” by tweeting, posting and telling all your friends to give Mercy Ministries a “Thumbs Up!” Check out our facebook page by CLICKING HERE and leave a comment. We’d LOVE to hear from you.

Want to know more about what’s happening at Mercy Ministries? You can see what’s going on at each of our four U.S. homes on their individual facebook pages.

http://www.facebook.com/MercyMonroe
http://www.facebook.com/MercyNashville
http://www.facebook.com/MercyStLouis
http://www.facebook.com/MercyLincoln

If twitter is more your style, follow @mercyministries to get minute to minute news and information, as well as links to incredible stories of recent graduates whose lives have been transformed by the love of Christ.

To see what Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, is up to, check out her facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/nancyalcorn and follow @nancyalcorn on twitter.

It’s now easier than ever to connect, receive updates on events and hear incredible stories of freedom and transformation. You can help open doors to much needed financial support simply by encouraging your friends to “Like” Mercy Ministries. And by spreading the word about Mercy Ministries, you will help more hurting young women know that freedom and restoration is possible. You can help save lives!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Supporters From Coast to Coast Run for Mercy!

This September, over 1,000 people came out to the Run for Mercy 5K and Family Walks in Charlotte, North Carolina and Roseville, California, doubling last year’s participation! It was a damp, cold morning for the Charlotte race on September 17th, but that didn’t stop the Charlotte community from showing their incredible support and desire to build a Mercy Ministries home in North Carolina. It was blue skies and sunshine for the California race on September 24th where serious runners, mothers with strollers, families and even dogs turned out to show their support!

It’s not too late for you and your family to join in the fun! Our upcoming races include St. Louis, Missouri on October 1st, and Nashville, TN on October 22nd. And for the first time ever, there will be a race in Monroe, LA, home of the very first Mercy home, on October 22nd. As a way to say thank you for your support, participants receive a goodie bag that includes a Run for Mercy 2011 T-shirt, coupons and freebies from local stores, restaurants and service providers. If you want to participate, but can’t make the trip, a great way to show your support is by signing up as a “virtual runner.” Register online at http://www.runformercy.org/ to join an existing team, form a new team or participate as an individual runner.

Mercy Ministries would like to thank not only our runners, but also the sponsors and many volunteers and staff that commit their time and resources and work tirelessly to make these events successful. Our special thanks to Chick-fil-a, Intech Mechanical, Restoration Church, River City Chiropractic-Dr. Ken Moger, The Rogers Family Company, and Sunset Christian Center in California. In North Carolina we want to say a special thank you to Cabarrus Business Magazine, Energy Sports & Fitness, Freedom House Church, Life Fellowship Church and Richard Israel Photography. When you partner with Mercy Ministries through Run for Mercy, your support gives more young women the opportunity to go to one of our homes, free of charge, so they can receive healing and freedom from their life-controlling issues. You are literally helping save lives!

We hope to see you in St. Louis, Monroe or Nashville in October! Check out these photos from the California and North Carolina races provided by Richard Israel and BrieAnne Coleman:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mercy Teams Up With Natalie Grant To Educate Churches About Sex Trafficking In The U.S.

Natalie Grant (left) with Nancy Alcorn
Awareness about sex trafficking in the U.S. is growing, but many are still unsure of how to help. On September 21st, Dove Award winning Christian singer/songwriter, Natalie Grant, and Abolition International partnered with Mercy Ministries to host an event for church leaders around the country to find out what they can do to help the victims of this horrific crime.

Natalie shares our passion for helping victims of sex trafficking and is committed to fighting for their freedom. In 2005 she formed The Home Foundation, a nonprofit charitable foundation dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking both domestically and abroad. Since that time, the Foundation has grown and evolved into Abolition International and is a well-known leader in the fight to eradicate sex trafficking through advocacy, education and relief efforts.

Natalie opened up the day’s events with a passionate and inspirational time of worship. She then shared her heart for women and children around the world who have been victimized by sex trafficking.




In the morning session, Jeff Barrows of the CTSA (Christian Trafficking Shelter Association) and sex trafficking expert, Nita Andrews, spoke about the importance of best practices and standards of care for homes serving sex trafficking victims.

After lunch, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, Nancy Alcorn, shared the powerful testimonies of Mercy graduates who escaped sex trafficking and had their lives transformed and hope restored while at Mercy.



Nancy shared a video clip of amazing Mercy grad, Kim, who shared the stage with her at last weekend’s Joyce Meyer Women’s Conference. Kim spoke about how she never knew who her father was and was abandoned by her mother at an early age. After years of violence, having knives pulled on her and being told she wasn't wanted, Kim's aunt sold her to a man for sex when she was 12 years old. Click below to hear Kim’s story:


Freedom Through Mercy from Joyce Meyer Ministries on Vimeo.

Another Mercy graduate and hero, Giovy, was also there to share her story of finding healing and freedom through the love of Christ while at Mercy. Giovy is now doing a one-year internship with Mercy Ministries here in Nashville. To read Giovy’s incredible story, click here.




Nancy closed the session by emphasizing the importance of a residential program where victims can be cared for in a safe environment and more importantly, hear about the love of Christ that will truly transform their lives. Nancy spoke about how Mercy Ministries has been helping victims of sex trafficking for years and we continue to receive more and more calls for help. Those who attended were challenged to take action, raise awareness about the issue, and support the fight against sex trafficking through prayer and finances.

The Nashville residents joined everyone for the afternoon session and helped give tours of the home following the event. The conference ended with a very special time of food and fellowship in the dining room of the home where church leaders had time to talk to the girls, hear their stories and see firsthand how lives are being transformed at Mercy.

We are so grateful for all of the incredible church leaders who took the time to come to this event and learn more about how to partner with us to help more hurting young women. It is vital that we stand together and be a voice that sheds light on the issue of sex trafficking and bring hope to those who have been devastated by this horrific crime.

One of our recent graduates, Priscilla, escaped sex trafficking and you can read her inspiring story by clicking here. She is a beautiful example of coming from complete darkness into light and hope for the future. To find out how you can partner with Mercy Ministries to help victims of sex trafficking, go to www.mercyministries.com and click on “How to Help.”  Here are some more photos from this event:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mercy Graduates Celebrate In Monroe!!!

Two more amazing young women graduated from Mercy Ministries transformed and free. After trying to escape the pain of the past through unhealthy relationships, self-harm, drugs and even suicide, these brave young women now celebrate freedom and hope for the future. Family, friends, staff and residents at the Monroe home gathered to hear their incredible stories of healing and restoration, and we wanted to share them with you:

Meg

Growing up, I knew God and accepted Him into my heart as a child, but I never learned to walk out my faith. When I was in middle school, we went through some hard times as a family, and I became disconnected from everyone. I turned to cutting, burning myself and unhealthy relationships to cope with my pain. While in college, I began struggling with an eating disorder. I stopped eating and worked out frequently. I became very suicidal and eventually made an attempt that put me in a psychiatric hospital. Over the next nine months, I was in the hospital five different times. I was failing school in my sophomore year of college, and after my fourth suicide attempt, I was forced to leave school until I received help. I heard about Mercy from a friend who graduated from the program and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God brought me back to life. He demonstrated His love to me and showed me all the gifts He desires to give me. God restored my broken relationships and taught me how to open up and trust again. I now know how to live in His peace.

After graduation, I plan to go back to college to pursue a degree in psychology or social work. I want to reach out to girls who are going through the things I have been through in the past.


Lindsey

Growing up, I was sexually abused by a family member. I later moved in with my boyfriend to get away from home. I started self-harming and abusing drugs and alcohol to deal with the pain. I hated myself and didn’t think I’d ever amount to anything in life. I believed I was worthless and didn’t care if I lived or died. I made numerous attempts at suicide and no hospital could help me stop the destructive behaviors. I heard about Mercy from one of my doctors and decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I learned to forgive those who hurt me. I learned to see myself as God sees me, holy and pure. Old things have passed away, and new things have come - I am a new creature. Christ has given me freedom, and I am no longer a slave to my past. I know He died for me so that I could have an abundant life. I am so happy and grateful to have had the opportunity to come to Mercy.

After graduation, I will be moving into my own apartment. I plan to go back to college to finish my degree. I want to shadow different jobs in a hospital to see what field I might want to pursue further, and I will continue to trust God and surrender my life to Him.


Congratulations Meg and Lindsey! We are so proud of your commitment to face your issues and fight for freedom. Your positive choices, growing faith and ongoing transformation are so evident and we look forward to seeing your futures unfold.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Revolutionary Weekend at Joyce Meyer's Love Life Women's Conference!!!


Nancy with amazing Mercy grad, Kim Brownie
It was an incredible, life-changing weekend in St. Louis at the Joyce Meyer Love Life Women’s Conference! Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, Nancy Alcorn, was a featured speaker at the event, and the response of the 15,000 in attendance was amazing. Staff and residents from the St. Louis and Monroe homes were invited to attend as Joyce’s special guests.

Joyce kicked things off on Thursday night with a powerful word about looking for the “But God” moments in life, when God intervenes in times of trouble. Then, John and Stasi Eldredge took the stage Friday morning and shared about God healing the wounds of a woman’s heart. Friday evening, Joyce gave another impactful teaching about how obeying God is the way out of our problems.

Saturday morning started off with a Mercy testimonial video that brought everyone to a standing ovation as Nancy Alcorn took the stage. Nancy spoke about “The Why Behind the What” and shook things up by challenging everyone to ask themselves if God can trust them to love people that no one else wants to love. Here is a small clip from Nancy’s message:



One of the greatest highlights was when one of our Mercy heroes shared her incredible story of transformation. Nancy invited Mercy Graduate, Kim Brownie, to join her on stage, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Kim spoke about how she never knew who her father was and was abandoned by her mother at an early age. After years of violence, having knives pulled on her and being told she wasn't wanted, Kim's aunt sold her into sex trafficking when she was 12 years old. As the nightmare of her life continued, Kim wanted to die and began self-harming to cope with her pain. After her 28th failed suicide attempt, she cried out to God and said, "If you're not going to let me die, then you're going to have to help me live." The next day, she saw Nancy on a national television program talking about Mercy Ministries.

Not only did Kim graduate from Mercy transformed and free, she recently graduated from college and is now headed to graduate school. Kim also serves as a mentor to other young women. It was apparent that Kim has an amazing gift for speaking and she did not hold back, prompting another standing ovation. You won’t want to miss this powerful testimony:



Nancy’s dear friends, CeCe Winans and Israel Houghton, led heart-pounding, inspirational worship throughout the event.

Here’s what some of our Mercy residents had to say about the Love Life Women’s Conference:


This conference was very uplifting and timely. I really enjoyed listening to Joyce talk about surrendering to God and choosing life. I also loved what she said about doing what is right. I can’t compromise or I risk leading others astray. When we do what is right because it is right, we are assured victory. – Alleah

I realized at the Conference that the way to get victory is by having a good attitude and obeying God. I need to surrender to God completely. He should be the main focus. If I keep my eyes on God, I will have peace and joy. – Cheryl

The Joyce Meyer Conference was absolutely amazing. I loved all of the speakers. Joyce and Nancy’s messages always light me on fire! And they treated us Mercy girls like princesses! – Amanda

Nancy was so honored to be a part of this amazing conference, and it was awesome to see God move in power to bring impact to the lives of those in attendance. We are so grateful to host Joyce Meyer who is a longtime friend of Nancy’s and has been a generous supporter of Mercy for years. Joyce and her husband, Dave, were instrumental in opening our St. Louis Mercy home in 2005 by donating the property and funding the renovations on the house, and they have continued to be generous monthly partners of Mercy Ministries over the years.

For information about Nancy Alcorn and where she will be speaking next, check out her blog at http://www.nancyalcorn.com/.









Friday, September 16, 2011

From Death to Life – Five More Amazing Transformations!

“Before Mercy, I didn't want to live anymore. Now I can't wait to go out in the world and live,” said recent graduate, Tori. It is so exciting to see the young women who come through the doors of Mercy Ministries, not even knowing if they want to live, now have joy and hope for the future.

Five more amazing young women recently celebrated graduation with family, friends, residents and staff at the Monroe and Nashville homes. These ladies have personally experienced God’s life-transforming power and are excited to share their stories:

Monroe

Tasha

I was born prematurely, weighing only 2lbs. When I was sixteen months old, I was sexually abused by my birth mother and shaken, causing bleeding behind my eyes. I was placed in foster care and started going to counseling when I was just 2 ½ years old. I was adopted at the age of seven, but I still felt worthless. I was suicidal and depressed for as long as I can remember. In my teenage years, I began cutting, smoking marijuana and cigarettes, drinking, sleeping around and had two miscarriages. I no longer wanted to live the life I had chosen. I heard about Mercy from my adoptive mother and decided to apply. I wanted to learn to receive and give love and trust. I didn’t want to feel worthless anymore.

While at Mercy, God gave me hope and the ability to love and trust others. He has helped me to open my heart. Without Mercy and God coming into my life, I don’t know where I would be today. I am realizing that I am truly blessed with the family that adopted me.

After graduation, I plan to go to college to pursue music and theater. I also want to do mission work in Honduras. I am truly blessed that there is a place like Mercy Ministries, where I could get help free of charge. It has saved my life and given me hope. I am a precious daughter of Christ, and I have overcome!


Nashville

Alma

Growing up, I was sexually abused by two family members as well as three neighborhood boys. When my parents found out, they did not do much to protect me. They didn’t talk to me about it or get me professional help. It was ignored. For years, I struggled with anxiety and depression. I heard about Mercy when Nancy Alcorn came to speak at the Designed for Life Conference at James River Assembly, and I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God gave me confidence and a voice. I no longer run away from life’s problems but face them head-on. I don't want to hide anymore. I know my identity is in Christ, and I do not carry shame, guilt or condemnation. The Lord has restored my relationships with my parents and friends. He has done great things above anything I expected or imagined!

After graduation, I will be working full-time while finishing my master’s degree in counseling. My long-term goal is to work with cancer patients and their families. I believe God is going to use me to touch the lives of others. I want to express my deepest appreciation to Nancy and to those who support Mercy Ministries. I no longer believe the past 27 years of my life have been wasted. I have a voice and I walk in the confidence of the Lord. Thank you for believing in me. I will dedicate my life to what God has called me to do.

Kristin

I was sexually abused by someone close to me for many years and physically and verbally abused by some family members. I struggled with perfectionism, people-pleasing, anxiety and depression. I didn’t want to trust anyone, especially not God. I wanted everyone to think I had it all together. My dad told me he heard about Mercy from a counselor, and I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God has shown me what a loving father He is. He showed me that I don’t have to strive for perfection, because I don’t have to work for His love. I learned that I was predestined and that my worth is found in Christ.

After graduation, I plan to finish high school and get a job so I can go to college debt free! (Thank you Dave Ramsey!) I want to thank the donors and Nancy for your obedience to God. Because of you, I learned that I didn’t have to live my life in fear, and my confidence is found in Christ alone. Thank you for giving me so much hope for my future.

Tori

I grew up in a Christian home, but things were different than they appeared. My mom abandoned my brothers and me when I was 19 months old. I was severely physically, mentally and verbally abused growing up and was sexually molested by a family member for 17 years. I spent nine years cutting myself, because I felt like I had so much pain and no where to put it. I also started drinking and doing cocaine in high school to escape the pain I was feeling. I attempted suicide many times. I heard about Mercy from a graduate and decided to apply. But right before I came to Mercy, I was violently raped by an ex-boyfriend. When I walked through the doors, just 13 days after being raped, I was alone and scared, but then God slowly began to work in me. I soon realized God's plan was so much bigger than my plan.

While at Mercy, God completely transformed my life. I no longer want to live the way I used to live. I want to live my life for the Lord rather than the things of this world. I got my childhood back at Mercy, and my hope for the future was restored.

After graduation, I plan on doing an internship that includes college-level theology classes and hands-on local church ministry training. In the future I want to go to Cambodia and work with girls who are victims of sex trafficking. Before Mercy, I didn't want to live anymore. Now I can't wait to go out and live. Thank you to Nancy and everyone who supports Mercy for allowing the Lord to use you as a vessel to save lives.

Rebecca

As a child, I was raped by a family member and abandoned by my mother. I was later adopted into a loving family, but I struggled through the years with self-harm, drug addiction, promiscuity and depression. I didn’t know how to cope with the pain of my past. My doctor was a Mercy graduate, and she told me about the program. I looked it up online, and I heard God speak to me for the first time. I knew he was telling me that this was where I needed to be, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, God gave me a complete change of heart and mind. He has given me the strength to forgive those who hurt me in the past, and He's shown me my true identity in Him.

After graduation, I plan to finish high school and have plans to go on two missions trips in the summer of 2012 to Bulgaria and Cambodia. Thank you so much to Nancy for your obedience and for helping me get my life back and so much more. And thank you to the donors, because without you I would have never experienced true freedom.


Congratulations ladies! We are so proud of your bravery and maturity and can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for you on your new journey with Him.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nancy Alcorn Speaks at Joyce Meyer’s Love Life Women’s Conference THIS WEEKEND!

Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, Nancy Alcorn, is getting ready for an amazing weekend in St. Louis! First, Nancy will head to the St. Louis Mercy home to spend time with the girls and staff, and then it’s off to Joyce Meyer’s Love Life Women’s Conference where Nancy will be a featured speaker.

Joyce is a longtime friend of Nancy’s and has been a generous supporter of Mercy for years. Joyce and her husband, Dave, were instrumental in opening our St. Louis Mercy home in 2005 by donating the property and funding the renovations on the house. They have continued to be generous monthly partners of Mercy Ministries over the years as well as helping spread awareness of the devastating issues young women in our country are facing. Our residents often tell us that they first heard about Mercy Ministries on one of Joyce’s programs.

Nancy recently spoke with Joyce on her program, Enjoying Everyday Life, and shared many of the personal testimonies of young women who have had their lives transformed by the unconditional love of Christ while at Mercy. If you missed it, you can see the show anytime by clicking here.

Nancy is so honored to be a part of this amazing conference, speaking alongside Joyce as well as popular Christian authors, John and Stasi Eldredge. Nancy’s dear friends, CeCe Winans and Israel Houghton, will be leading worship for the event. You can still register for the Love Life Women’s Conference by clicking here. Tune in next week for news and photos from this incredible life-changing weekend!

Monday, September 12, 2011

After 30 Years of Addiction, Hear Her Amazing Story of Freedom on Mercy Multiplied

Nancy (left) with Denise Roman
In just a few short days, we will relaunch Mercy Ministries’ live, one-hour radio show, Mercy Multiplied , with Nancy Alcorn on KXEN 1010am Christian Talk in St. Louis! This week, Denise Roman will be calling in to share her real and raw testimony of freedom after 30 years of drug addiction. Denise heard Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, Nancy Alcorn, speak at a conference in 2008 and her life has never been the same. You won’t want to miss the incredible details of their powerful encounter three years ago and what God has been doing in Denise’s life since.

On Sunday, September 18th from 6:00-7:00pm CST (7:00-8:00pm EST) you can tune in across the country by going to www.mercymultiplied.com. You can even download a free app for your iPhone or Droid by searching for KXEN 1010 in the app store, and hear the live show wherever you go!

This Sunday, listeners can call in to 1-855-MercyLive (1-855-637-2954) speak to Denise, share your own personal story or ask questions about how to find freedom from addiction. Each week, the show will focus on one of many life-controlling issues such as physical and sexual abuse, sex trafficking, eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addiction, depression or unplanned pregnancy, and listeners will learn biblical ways to find freedom from these issues.

Please join us each Sunday evening from 6:00-7:00pm CST (7:00-8:00pm EST)! If you miss the live show, you can always download the podcast from any of our episodes at www.mercymultiplied.com. For information about how you can be a sponsor for the show, contact Eve Annunziato at 615-831-6987 or mercymultiplied@gmail.com.

Friday, September 9, 2011

First Ever Mercy Motorcycle Ride Fundraiser Coming Soon!

What could be better than a Saturday drive down the scenic Natchez Trace in the fall? How about doing that drive on a motorcycle, while raising money for Mercy Ministries!

On Saturday, September 24th at 10:00am, motorcycle riders will gather at Applebee’s restaurant at 8100 Highway 100 South in Nashville, Tennessee for the first ever “Mercy Rides” fundraising event. Registration is $20, and if you register before September 19th, you will also get lunch at Applebee’s restaurant and a cool t-shirt. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Mercy Ministries.

Riders will sign in and receive their t-shirts at Applebee’s at 10:00am before heading out for the beautiful 40 mile ride to the historic Gordon House. Riders will then take a water break and enjoy the scenery before heading back to Applebee’s for an amazing lunch. To register for this event or for more information about “Mercy Rides” and a map of the route, go to www.mercyrides.com.

The idea for this event came when earlier this year, Dennis Lindey read about the Jeff Fisher & Friends Charity Softball Game and the local organizations, including Mercy Ministries, which benefited from the event. His company, The Capricorn Effect, has been planning fundraising events for two decades, and their mission is “to make a difference by using the ways we live, work and play to serve those in need.”

After looking into the work being done at Mercy, Dennis contacted us and planned this unique and fun way to raise money for Mercy while doing something he loves. If you have an idea for using your resources, gifts and talents to raise money for Mercy Ministries, you can download our fundraising kit by clicking here.

Special thanks to Dennis for all your hard work to put together this exciting new event! Check out Dennis’ website at www.thecapricorneffect.com.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nancy Alcorn Travels Coast To Coast To Spread The Mercy Vision

September is a power-packed month for Mercy Ministries and its Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, as we kick off the fall season with some exciting upcoming events. Nancy will be travelling across the U.S. casting the vision of Mercy at several life-changing conferences – take a look:

This weekend, Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, Nancy will be celebrating her birthday weekend in Asheville, NC with her friend, Pastor Suzette Bowman, speaking at the Becoming 2011 Women’s Conference. Nancy will then be joining Suzette and her husband, Pastor Kirk Bowman, for their Sunday services at The Rock Church. Click here for more information or to register for the conference.

Then, on Wednesday, September 14 through Saturday, September 17 Nancy is excited to head to the Mercy home in St. Louis to spend time with the girls and staff, followed by three days at the Joyce Meyer Love Life Women’s Conference! Nancy is so honored to be speaking this year alongside Joyce Meyer and John and Stasi Eldredge. You also won’t want to miss CeCe Winans and Israel Houghton who will be leading worship for the event. You can register for the Love Life Women’s Conference by clicking here.

On September 18, we will launch our live, one-hour radio show, Mercy Multiplied, hosted by Nancy Alcorn on KXEN 1010am Christian Talk in St. Louis from 6:00-7:00pm CST (7:00-8:00pm EST) every Sunday night! But you don’t have to be in St. Louis to tune in – there are several ways to listen live. Go to www.mercymultiplied.com to listen to the show and subscribe to the podcast. You can even download a free app for your iPhone or Droid by searching for KXEN 1010 in the app store, and hear the show live wherever you go!

Next up, on Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25 Nancy will meet up with her dear friend, Pastor Debbie Lindell of James River Assembly in Springfield, MO, as a guest speaker for the Designed for Life Women’s Conference. Also speaking at the conference are Charlotte Gambill from Abundant Life Church in the UK, and John and Helen Burns from Relate Church in Vancouver, Canada. Debbie and her husband, Pastor John Lindell, generously invited all the staff and residents from our St. Louis home to attend the conference. Many of our amazing Mercy graduates will also be there for this life-changing event. It should prove to be quite a Mercy reunion! For more information or to register, click here.

Please pray for safe travel this season and that many lives will be touched by Nancy’s message of lives transformed and hope restored. Also, pray that God would touch people’s hearts to help with our current financial needs.

For more information about upcoming events this fall, go to www. mercyministries.com or check out Nancy’s blog at www.nancyalcorn.com.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Honoring 20 Years of Service and Dedication to Mercy!

This Labor Day, it is our privilege to honor an amazing and godly woman on our staff. Beth Wood, the Director of Counseling in our Monroe home, has faithfully served Mercy Ministries for 20 years, six as a volunteer and 14 as a staff member. She is now looking forward to her retirement.

Last week, the Monroe staff and residents surprised Beth with a special retirement celebration, cards and gifts. Everyone shared from the heart their appreciation for Beth, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, Nancy Alcorn, also honored Beth with a gift to thank her for her many years of service as well as a plaque honoring her dedication to Mercy. Beth will be retiring to Michigan near her family and will continue to volunteer as a Christian counselor to individuals through her church.

Here are some of the photos from this special celebration:

Executive Director of Program Operations, Margaret Troquille, presents Beth with a plaque

Mercy Monroe Staff


Beth, we are so thankful for your many years of service and dedication to Mercy Ministries!! We love you!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Nancy Alcorn on Joyce Meyer’s Enjoying Everyday Life Today!

Nancy Alcorn with Joyce Meyer
Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, Nancy Alcorn, recently spoke with her good friend and loyal Mercy supporter, Joyce Meyer, on Enjoying Everyday Life. This morning on “Restoring Broken Lives” Nancy shared the personal testimonies of many young women who have had their lives transformed by the unconditional love of Christ while at Mercy.  If you missed it, don't worry, you can still catch the show anytime by clicking here.

Nancy will also be featured as a special guest speaker at Joyce Meyer’s “Love Life” Women’s Conference in St. Louis, MO on September 15 – 17. To register for this awesome life-changing conference, go to http://www.joycemeyer.org/wc11/index.html.