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 and click on “How to Help.”  Here are some more photos from this event: