Mercy Ministries: Lives transformed, hope restored.

Mercy Ministries: Lives transformed, hope restored.

Mercy Ministries | June 05, 2012 | by Mercy Ministries Reviews

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.

 

And God showed me three things.  He said I want you to start a program where the girls come because they genuinely want help and I want you to take them in free of charge because most of the girls that come could not get the help they needed if they had to pay.  Secondly, God showed me I want you to give ten percent of what comes into your ministry to other ministries.  And the third thing God showed me is I don’t want you to take any state or government funding or any other money that has strings on it because without the freedom to share Christ the lives will not change.

 

Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: I got down on my knees.  My specific words were “God there has to be some place I can go for free and get help.”  And two weeks later I get this Joyce Meyer magazine and I open it up and it’s a picture of Nancy Alcorn.  I was high and I went on the website and I got my application.

 

Founder and President of Mercy Ministries Nancy Alcorn: When a young girl walks through the doors of Mercy Ministries, it doesn’t matter whether it’s eating disorders, drug addiction, cutting, an unplanned pregnancy, a young girl who’s been rescued from sex trafficking.  Whatever the problem is, Jesus is the answer and He is able to heal and restore and give a new beginning to every single one of those young women who choose life.

 

Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: If I didn’t go to Mercy, I wouldn’t be here.  If not for Mercy Ministries I’d be dead.

 

Mercy Ministries Graduate Janice: Even at my worst moments, they chose to love me back to the Lord.  Mercy Ministries showed me that there was hope for me and I wasn’t just a hopeless case because I’m not a case and I’m a child of God.

 

Founder and President of Mercy Ministries Nancy Alcorn: We are teaching them about life skills, and budgeting and finance.  We have an education director for those girls who have not finished their schooling.  We put role models in front of them.  Good marriage, good home, good family.  We are transforming lives here at Mercy because we have the freedom to share Christ.

 

Mercy Ministries Graduate Janice: Learning all the tools I learned at Mercy and I apply them every day in my life.  God has just really rocked my world.

 

Mercy Ministries Graduate Camillia: I am now engaged to the most wonderful man ever.  It’s so far beyond anything that I could ever have ever thought I would ever have in my life.  Words cannot describe.

 

Founder and President of Mercy Ministries Nancy Alcorn: We have got to have more help because we are getting more and more calls.  And in order for us to be able to help them, we have to have help from you.

 

Mercy Ministries Graduate Janice: Mercy Ministries saved my life for sure.

 

For more information about Mercy Ministries, visit them online at www.mercyministries.com

Mercy Ministries Reviews

"[When I came to Mercy] I began to realize that everything about Mercy Ministries was different than my past treatment and hospital experiences. While at Mercy Ministries, I became a new person with a clear sense of who I am in Christ. When I graduated, I walked out of Mercy Ministries feeling empowered, restored and renewed with a pure joy that overflowed from within."

"When I walked through the doors of Mercy Ministries, I finally felt safe. I didn’t know I could have so much joy, freedom, and purpose…and desire to live! I can never thank you enough for what you have done for me!!!"

"At Mercy Ministries, the Lord revealed to me that my true identity and value is in Him. I was also able to forgive those who had misused or hurt me in my life. God used Mercy Ministries in such an awesome way, and I am living life to the fullest now!"

"When I went to Mercy Ministries, I had no idea that I would learn so much about God and how amazing He is. God used Mercy Ministries to show me that the life He created for me was filled with love, joy, growth and hope. I am still a work in progress, but I’m excited for whatever God has in store for me."

"When I finally realized that I needed help, it was hard for us to find a program that didn’t cost a lot of money. My parents are missionaries and for us thousands of dollars that other programs cost was just not affordable, but then we found Mercy Ministries. Mercy is free of charge and provided me with the help that I needed to get healing. Mercy Ministries has been such a blessing in my life. I want everybody to know about Mercy Ministries."

"Here at Mercy Ministries, we do a lot of fun things. But I would have to say, the one thing that I loved the most would have to be praise and worship. During praise and worship we have a worship leader and we all sing together and I really feel the presence of the Lord dwelling within us when we do."

"When I came to Mercy Ministries, I was desperate, broken and alone. During my time at Mercy Ministries, I have learned that God is my best friend. He sees my heart and He knows my needs, and He meets me right where I am. I would like to go to seminary and get a Masters in Christian Counseling, so I can help young girls in the way I have been helped here at Mercy Ministries."
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