Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mercy Ministries News is Relocating!

Getting the latest Mercy Ministries news and updates is now easier than ever.  You can stay current on what's happening at Mercy right on our newly designed website!  You will still be able to access past news stories here at www.mercyministriesnews.com, but moving forward, we will be posting the most current news and updates at www.mercyministries.com/news

Thanks for your support!

Monday, January 23, 2012

American Idol Finalist Melinda Doolittle Shares a Message of Hope

Singer/songwriter, Melinda Doolittle
Dream big. Pray hard. Always be prepared. That was the advice given to our Nashville residents last week by singer/songwriter and American Idol finalist, Melinda Doolittle. Melinda provided the entertainment for our Nashville Merry Mercy event back in December, and we were so excited to have her visit our Nashville home and share her personal story of God’s life-transforming power.

Melinda shared that although she has always loved music, she was tone deaf as a child. She participated in choir at church and school but was asked to “just smile and mouth the words.” Melinda prayed that God would allow her to be able to sing, and in a 7th grade talent show, God answered her prayers and made her a hit! “Without God, I’m tone deaf. I take God on that stage with me every time, because I can’t do it myself,” she said.

Melinda reminded the girls that whatever they are going through, God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Eph. 3:20). She encouraged everyone to dream “God-sized” dreams, go to Him in prayer, and then be prepared to walk through the door of opportunity when God opens it.

Melinda shares her inspiring story

Here’s what some of our residents had to say about Melinda’s inspiring message:

I really like how she said that no matter what I am facing, God still knows what He is doing and NOTHING is impossible with God. - Megan

Wow, the honesty and transparency of Melinda was amazing. Her encouragement to really pursue God-sized dreams spoke so much to me. Her humility and sincerity was incredible! - Ellie

This was so special to me. Melinda was so encouraging and such an example of God's provision for our lives. When we keep our eyes on God, He will exalt us. It blows my mind how humble and sincere she is! The fact that her voice is solely a gift from God is miraculous to me. - Jessica

I was so blessed that Melinda came and shared her story and her amazing gift of music and singing with us. It’s so cool to hear how God has done such amazing things in her life. She was such an inspiration to me and encouraged me to believe that nothing is impossible with God and that He does and will do great stuff in and through me! - Janae

Our special thanks to Melinda for taking the time to come out and share her story and her music with our residents. You are such an inspiration! For more information about Melinda Doolittle, go to http://melindadoolittle.com.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mercy Ministries Celebrates 29th Anniversary With Exciting New Website!!!



Mercy turns 29 years old this week! As part of our 29th anniversary celebration, Mercy Ministries is proud to announce the launch of our newly designed website! We've cleaned up the layout, simplified the navigation, and most importantly, made it easier for hurting young women to get the help they so desperately need.

With the new features we've introduced on the site, you will be able to find important information about our program and application process, read amazing success stories of young women who’ve had their lives transformed, link to important current topics and events and read our news stories about what’s happening at Mercy Ministries.

Check out our new website and sign up for email updates, and we will send you a free sample of either Starved – Mercy for Eating Disorders or Cut – Mercy for Self-Harm by Nancy Alcorn. Help us share the mission and vision of Mercy by adding us to your favorite social media networks, and check out our “Take Action” section to learn all the ways you can help more young women experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness and life-transforming power.

Some of the other features on our new site include:

A user-friendly calendar with all our upcoming events
A detailed FAQ section
A list of signs and symptoms for those seeking information on the issues Mercy addresses
And much more…

We would love to hear your feedback, so send your thoughts, comments and questions to vtaylor@mercyministries.com.

As an added bonus, check out our 29th anniversary video message from Nancy and some of our graduates and residents from all over the country. You can see it by clicking here.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mercy Ministries Remembers Civil Rights Hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In recognition of this historic day, when we celebrate and honor civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we want to proclaim the value he held in highest regard – FREEDOM! Read this powerful excerpt on freedom from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”

“This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

“This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, ‘My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring’…And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’”

Here at Mercy, we believe freedom IS possible! We encourage you to take some time, if you haven’t already, to thank God for all the brave men and women like Dr. King who have stepped out with a dream in their hearts and had a life-changing, positive impact on our society today.

In 1986, this day was set aside as a federal holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1994, it was also designated as a national day of service. To find a service project in your community, go to www.mlkday.gov.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Shop This Sunday and Support Mercy Ministries!

Ten Thousand Villages in Nashville
This Sunday, January 15th, you can show your support for Mercy Ministries while enjoying a unique shopping experience at Ten Thousand Villages in Nashville! You’ll not only help hurting young girls get the help they so desperately need, but also promote grassroots development by purchasing ethically-traded, handcrafted products made by artisans from around the world.

Store hours are 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM and a percentage of the total sales that day will be donated to Mercy Ministries. Ten Thousand Villages in Nashville is a nonprofit retail store with more than 60 years of experience and they work with more than 130 artisan groups in 37 countries. They also partner with local nonprofit organizations to raise awareness and financial support, and we are excited that they have reached out to help the young women at Mercy Ministries.

Come and check out the incredible handcrafted home décor and personal accessories from around the world, and know that your purchases will help more girls find freedom and restoration. Ten Thousand Villages is located in Greenbriar Village, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 20, Nashville, TN 37215. For more information about Ten Thousand Villages, go to nashville.tenthousandvillages.com.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Building Better Relationships in 2012 – This Week’s Topic on Mercy Multiplied!

We were created for relationship - with others and more importantly, with God. But for many, relationships can be difficult. Tune in to Mercy Multiplied this Thursday and Friday from 5:15 – 5:45 PM (CST) on KXEN 1010 AM as Nancy Alcorn talks with Mercy Transitional Care Manager, Sophie Bellevue, about building deep and meaningful relationships in 2012.

As the Transitional Care Manager, Sophie works with former Mercy residents as they walk out their faith after leaving Mercy. She will share with our listeners some of the same relationship tools and strategies that she shares with the Mercy girls.

Don’t forget, you can call 1-855-MercyLive (1-855-637-2954) during Thursday’s show to talk to Nancy and Sophie, share stories and ask questions. Listen live and learn how to have better relationships this year… and be encouraged that God wants to be in relationship with you!

You can listen to the show on your phone by simply downloading the free KXEN 1010 app for your iPhone or Droid. You can also listen to the show on your computer via our website at www.mercymultiplied.com.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sponsor a Girl and Help Transform a Life in 2012!!!

Sponsor a girl and help change a life!
Start your year off by making a difference! You can be a vital part of saving a young woman’s life simply by giving a monthly gift of $200 through our Sponsor a Girl program. This program allows you to invest in the life of one girl specifically by covering the cost for her to be in the program for one day during each month. Your gift of $200 each month will help provide everything she needs from biblical counseling and the staff who support her each day to food, toiletries, bedding, towels, the facility itself and everything else that goes into providing a loving environment for her.

One of the founding principles of Mercy Ministries and one of the aspects that makes us truly unique is that our program is free of charge to the young women we serve. Compare that to the cost of secular programs that charge as much as $2,000.00 per day, per individual! Equally as amazing is the fact that our actual cost is approximately $200 per day, per girl…just 10% of the cost of other programs. We rely solely on donations to cover the cost of caring for our residents.

When you sign up to sponsor a girl, you will receive the name of the resident you will be supporting. The average stay for our residents is six months, so every six months, you will receive the name of a new resident to pray for and support. As part of the overall Sponsor a Girl program, you will also receive quarterly email updates including key ministry information, Nancy Alcorn’s audio teachings and success stories of girls who have had their lives transformed at Mercy. You will also be invited to a Mercy Ministries luncheon and a graduation at any of our homes.

Here is a note from the parents of a Mercy graduate who now participate in the Sponsor a Girl program...

Our daughter graduated from the Mercy St. Louis home in 2010. We had tried a secular program, but it was the healing power of God's Word, the loving staff and Mercy's commitment to excellence that allowed our daughter to find freedom and restoration. Thanks to Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge program and the generosity of donors through Sponsor a Girl, our daughter was able to receive help that otherwise was financially beyond our reach. Now, we participate in the Sponsor a Girl program so that other parents can experience the joy and love that Mercy Ministries has brought to our family.
- Tony and Mary

If you are unable to Sponsor a Girl on your own, consider getting a group together from your church, Sunday school class, Community Group, Women/Men’s ministry, Bible study group or co-workers.

Mercy graduation ring
We also want to offer you the opportunity to purchase a graduation ring for a specific girl. Upon graduation, each girl receives a special ring designed by Mercy graduate, Angie Will. The ring has three stones representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is also a large “M” surrounding the stones to serve as a reminder of the freedom and healing the young woman received while at Mercy. The cost of a ring is $55. When you purchase a graduation ring for a Mercy girl, you will receive a hand-written thank-you note along with a link to our website where you can read her incredible story of transformation.

Please consider starting off your year by sponsoring a Mercy girl and/or providing her graduation ring today. By sponsoring one girl, you not only change her life, but also the lives of many others. Your investment into one young woman today brings forth a transformed life that transforms families, communities and generations to come. Click here for more information.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mercy Speaks Out For National Slavery And Human Trafficking Prevention Month!

On December 30th, President Obama issued an announcement that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and we want you to join the fight for freedom! Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are females and ninety percent of human trafficking is sex trafficking. Mercy Ministries has been helping victims of sex trafficking for years, and we continue to receive more and more cries for help from young women who are victims of this horrific crime.

Our friends at Vanguard University Global Center for Women and Justice are posting daily action steps on their facebook page HERE to help you do your part to raise awareness about this critical issue. Today’s tip is:

Go to the US State Department website and read reports on the status of anti-human trafficking across the globe http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2011/

Because many victims of sex trafficking are abused, homeless and in danger, one of the major keys to helping them is to provide a safe, residential program. At Mercy Ministries, we not only provide a residential program free of charge, but we show them the unconditional love of Christ who is the ultimate key to freedom and transformation!

Click here to see a video of one of our heroes – a Mercy graduate who was a victim of sex trafficking and had her life transformed and hope restored while at Mercy Ministries.

To find out more about how you can get involved and partner with Mercy to help bring hope and healing to more young women who have been brutalized by sex trafficking and other abuse, go to www.mercyministries.com. Together we can make a difference!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tune in TONIGHT for Mercy Multiplied with Nancy Alcorn During DRIVE TIME!

Nancy Alcorn on Mercy Multiplied
You won’t want to miss tonight as we begin airing our Mercy Multiplied radio show in our NEW TIME SLOT during drive-time from 5:15 – 5:45 PM (CST) on KXEN 1010 AM Christian Talk in St. Louis! Every THURSDAY and FRIDAY, as you drive home from work or school or while getting ready for dinner, tune in and be encouraged by testimonies of healing and transformation shared by Mercy Founder and President, Nancy Alcorn, and many of our Mercy graduates!

No matter where you live in the world, you can tune in by downloading a free app for your iPhone or Droid by searching for KXEN 1010 in the app store or listen to the show on your computer by heading to our website at www.mercymultiplied.com. Listeners can call 1-855-MercyLive (1-855-637-2954) during Thursday’s show to talk to Nancy, share stories and ask questions about numerous relevant topics making headlines today in the U.S.

Join us for this powerful broadcast as Nancy speaks about pertinent issues and shares practical applications on how to find freedom from life-controlling issues such as addictions, self-harm, eating disorders, etc. Be sure to tune in every THURSDAY and FRIDAY at 5:15 PM (CST) on KXEN 1010 AM!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Two More Amazing Transformations at Mercy!

One changed life produces a ripple effect that can have an impact on a young woman’s family, friends and community. Jessica and Lydia had their lives completely transformed while at Mercy, and they can't wait to let others know that freedom is possible. Residents, staff, family and friends gathered at the Monroe and St. Louis homes to celebrate the graduation of these amazing young women and we wanted to share their incredible stories with you!

Monroe

Jessica

Jessica
I had a great childhood. I did well in school, had lots of friends and made good grades. When I got to high school, I was faced with a lot of peer pressure. I was very intimidated by the older kids and wanted to fit in, so I began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. I saw the way some of the other girls dressed and acted to get attention, so I did the same. I was unhappy with my “new” self, but it got me noticed and to me, attention was attention. I was making all kinds of bad choices and ended up getting pregnant and having two children while I was in high school. I didn’t want to place them for adoption, but I was not taking care of them, and eventually, they were taken from me. My drug and alcohol addiction got worse, and I felt guilt, shame and sadness. My life was out of control, and I felt hopeless and alone. I knew I couldn’t continue living my life as a drug addict and neglecting my responsibilities as a mother. I heard about Mercy from a friend, and I knew God was the only way to freedom and deliverance, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I have learned the importance of trusting God. I have learned to cry out to God and tell Him my fears and my worries. When I feel like I can’t go on, I ask Him to carry me and He does. I have also learned the importance of putting Him first in my life. I have experienced His everlasting love, and I know there is nothing I can do that will make Him love me less or more. It doesn’t matter who comes in or out of my life, He will never leave me. I’m a new creation!

After graduation, I plan to continue my education and go to culinary school. The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is being the mother I am called to be to my children. I really don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have a place like Mercy to come and get healing. My children would never have the mother they deserve. I’m truly thankful for Mercy.


St. Louis

Lydia

Lydia
I grew up in an abusive household and experienced physical, emotional and sexual abuse on numerous occasions while growing up. I was the oldest child of three, and I took on the responsibility of taking care of my siblings. I had many adult responsibilities as a young child, and I did not take care of myself. This led to self-harm, eating disorders and thoughts of suicide to end my life. I tried many different hospitals and treatment centers but never received the true and lasting healing that I had been looking for. I was prescribed several medications and told that I was going to struggle with depression and an eating disorder for the rest of my life. I believed there was nothing I could do and that I was going to die. I heard about Mercy from a friend and went to the website. It was completely free, and I thought they could help me, so I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I learned many things. I learned that God loves me, and I love Him. I also learned how to love myself and others, and I have been able to forgive those who have hurt me. Forgiveness is a choice that I must make to be free.

After graduation, I am planning to enter the job force while pursuing my passion for music. My long-term goal is to be a worship leader and let others know who Jesus really is and what He can do for them and through them. No matter what kind of life-controlling issues or problems you have, Jesus is the answer. He has come to heal the broken-hearted!


Congratulations Jessica and Lydia! We are so proud of your commitment to face your issues and fight for freedom! We look forward to hearing how God will use you to help others in your family, your community and the world!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Graduates Share Their Goals and Dreams for 2012

Mercy Ministries would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We were richly blessed in 2011 to see so many amazing young women have their lives transformed and hope restored. It is so fulfilling to hear testimonies from Mercy graduates from all over the world about what God is doing in each of their lives. We love to hear about their plans for the future as well, so we asked some of our graduates about their goals and dreams for 2012. Here’s what they had to say:

I am very close to completing my very first album. I actually have a duet with the amazing Phil Keaggy called "Mercy's Arms" that I want to be able to use to help Mercy Ministries. You can listen and even see some videos at www.reverbnation.com/katiepeltier. I have started to work with several Romanian churches here in the U.S. to raise funds for a Romanian orphanage. My husband and I hope to go and spend some time this year with the children there. 2011 has been the most productive year in ministry I have ever had, and I am believing 2012 will be the BEST year yet. - Katie

On May 25, 2012, I am GETTING MARRIED!!! My fiancé is an amazing man of God who sees me the way God sees me. I just finished my bachelor's degree in social work after a long road with lots of interruptions because of all that I was struggling with before Mercy. That in itself was a goal of mine for many years. Graduating was such a sweet moment. I was so excited to fulfill that goal in 2011! I’m planning to go to grad school in 2012! - Erin

One of my goals and dreams for 2012 is to go deeper in my relationship with Christ like never before! I also want to do a better job of finding joy in the midst of trials. Because of Christ, I don’t have to worry and live in fear or be discontent. Another huge goal I will be working towards this year is getting debt free! - Lindsay

My goal for 2012 is to live my life in such a way that I can look back and have no regrets about the choices I make. I am excited to see what God has planned for this coming year! - Kelly

My goals for 2012 are to sell our house, keep my mind and body healthy, finish another year of college and to be a good mom and wife! - Ashley

One of my dreams for 2012 is for my new organization to really take off. It’s called Emerging Generations. We are educating, empowering and informing young voters. We make videos about who is voting and what their views are. I would love to see our videos in schools and in youth groups throughout our nation. I am so thankful the Lord has given me a second chance in life so that I can make a difference in the world! - Hannah


We at Mercy Ministries hope 2012 is your best year yet. Thank you for your faithful support of Mercy Ministries and your ongoing prayers on our behalf. We are so excited about all that God has in store for this New Year and for all the lives that will be touched through this life-changing ministry!