Mercy Ministries is a Nashville, Tennessee-based residential program serving young women who are struggling with eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies, substance abuse, self-harm and physical or sexual abuse. Faith-based and totally free of charge, Mercy Ministries has helped thousands of young women find the path to freedom in Christ.
Here, two Mercy Ministries graduates, Camillia and Janice, share how their lives were transformed by the love of God demonstrated through the staff of Mercy Ministries.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: I was a preacher’s kid. Everything looked great. Behind closed doors it was different.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Janice: When my father was drinking he was violent. And he chose to drink his life away and wasn’t a part of my life. My mom put me down and said I wasn’t smart enough and I wasn’t gonna make it. She walked out and abandoned me.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: He was very critical of me and I felt like the way my father treated me was the way God viewed me.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Janice: I wish I was loved. I wished my mom would care for me. That love led to a lot of hurt and pain and abandonment became a huge part of my life.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: I saw him choke my mom with a telephone cord. Two weeks later my mom told me that he hung himself. I thought it was my fault.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Janice: I would purposefully just not eat just because I knew it made me feel better because I had control over it.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: I started smoking marijuana and I started drinking and partying.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Janice: And I got really sick. I was losing my hair. I was just really malnourished. And the first thing that came to my mind was to harm myself. By cutting I thought it would just relieve the pain.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: I was in a mental hospital three times. I didn’t know who I was.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Janice: I was a waste. I was garbage.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: I ended up pregnant. So I had an abortion.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Janice: I just thought that it would be easier for everyone if I just took my life.
Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: And so I tried to kill myself.
Founder and President of Mercy Ministries Nancy Alcorn: You know I spent the first eight years of my career life working for the government. And the first five years of that I spent working in a juvenile correctional facility for girls ages 14 to 18. And those young girls would go back to the same environment they came from and we would begin to hear of girls dying from drug overdoses, girls getting killed in street gang fights. Many of those young women passed the age of 18 and ended up going to the women’s prison because they never got the help they needed.