Monday, October 10, 2011

The Mercy Vision Spreads In Tennessee and Louisiana!

The dining room of the beautiful Historic News-Star Building in Monroe, Louisiana was filled with 150 guests who came to hear about the work being done at Mercy Ministries. Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, shared her heart for Louisiana, the location of the very first Mercy home, and her vision for the future of Mercy Ministries. To illustrate her desire to help more hurting young women have their lives transformed and hope restored, Nancy shared the powerful story of 2010 graduate, Priscilla. You can hear her amazing story firsthand, by clicking here.

Nancy Alcorn

Recent graduate, Becca, then shared her testimony of redemption and finding her identity in Christ while at Mercy. As a child, she was raped by a family member and abandoned by her mother. She was later adopted into a loving family, but struggled through the years with self-harm, drug addiction and promiscuity to cope with the pain of her past. While at Mercy, Becca discovered the redeeming love of Christ and learned to forgive those who hurt her in the past. She concluded by honoring her adoptive parents for loving her unconditionally through difficult times.

Recent graduate, Becca

Guests also heard the compelling story of transformation from graduate, Lindsay. Before coming to Mercy, Lindsay had lost all hope, was cutting and eventually became suicidal. While at Mercy, God showed her that the blood she was shedding in self-harm was a counterfeit solution and that the blood of Jesus had already been shed for her freedom. Lindsay is now paying it forward by serving on our staff in Monroe as the Household Manager.

Lindsay, Nancy and Becca

Sherry, a 1989 Mercy graduate, also spoke about how Nancy’s obedience to God’s calling to open the Monroe home in 1983 saved her life! Sherry is now a passionate Mercy donor and challenged everyone to give generously to help bring hope and freedom to hurting young women.

Sherry

Our special thanks to Susan and Hardeman Cordell, Hardeman, Jr. and Misti Cordell of Central Oil and Gas and to Dee and Dr. John Ledbetter for sponsoring this memorable evening of Mercy.

Thanks to photographer Jordan Smith, for donating her services and to Olivia Remsberg and Eric Welch for providing the music. We would also like to thank Aramark of Monroe for a wonderful dinner and Rick Ponthieux for providing audio and video for the evening.

Last week at the Nashville home, 30 guests attended the Friends of Mercy Luncheon and enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by our residents.



Current Nashville resident, Monica, then spoke about growing up in a Hindu family of the highest caste and the strain it put on her relationship with her parents when she gave her life to Christ. Monica struggled with knowing her family was ashamed of her faith in Christ and began self-harming in her teen years to cope with the pain of an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. She was excited to share how she is now being restored to wholeness at Mercy and looks forward to using the tools she has learned to fulfill God’s purpose for her life.

Mercy graduate, Jen, shared her story of the deep emotional wounds from sexual and physical abuse. To escape the pain and feelings of rejection and abandonment, she began to self-harm and became suicidal. While at Mercy, Jen learned that she was loved and valued by God and was completely restored to wholeness. Jen now serves on our Nashville staff as a residential assistant and is helping girls who are struggling just as she once was.

Jen (left) and Monica

Nashville Community Board Co-chair, Teresa Epps, finished the luncheon by sharing her passion for Mercy Ministries and encouraged everyone to partner with us to help more hurting young women have hope and a future.

We are so grateful for all those who have faithfully supported Mercy Ministries throughout the years as well as our new friends who embrace the vision and make a commitment give. Your support is essential to seeing the lives of hurting women transformed and restored! To learn more about how you can partner with Mercy Ministries, go to www.mercyministries.com and check out our upcoming events. Here are some more photos from these memorable events:






Nashville Community Relations Manager, Amy Lentz

Nashville Community Board Member, Teresa Epps