By Cristen Coppen
"It is our belief that if we provide places at no charge where girls can come and receive new life through Jesus Christ, as well as professional training in other areas, their lives will never be the same!" - Nancy Alcorn
I was introduced to the founder of Mercy Ministries, Nancy Alcorn, 13 years ago. She shared a story about a little girl that at age 13 had two abortions performed by her own father, who had been raping her since age 6. I got to meet the young lady who now is a graduate of the program and a pillar in her community. I not only fell in love with Nancy’s heart but I fell in love with her mission. I got to see how a single woman with a passion for change could effect and save thousands of women all over the World.
In January 1983, determined to establish a program in which lives would truly be transformed, Nancy moved to Monroe, Louisiana to start Mercy Ministries of America. She knew that there were three principles to which she must always remain faithful: (1) accept girls free of charge, (2) always give at least ten percent of all donations to other organizations and ministries, and (3) do not take any state or federal funding or any money that interferes with the freedom to share Christ. Several years and many changed lives later, Mercy Ministries has established locations in Monroe, Louisiana; Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; and Sacramento, California. The organization has grown beyond the borders of the United States, including locations in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. In addition, plans are underway for more sites in America as well as internationally.
Mercy Ministries is a global faith based residential program that serves young women ages 13-28 from all socio-economic backgrounds. These women are treated for life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression, and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. With a holistic approach and professional counselors, this structured residential program has been highly successful helping thousands of women become whole.
The goal is to help these young women find freedom from their life issues and empower them to serve in their communities. The mission is to provide opportunities for young women to experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life transforming power. The organization is committed to transforming lives of generations searching for truth and wholeness.
Mercy applies Christian principles and teachings to help stop destructive cycles and prepares them to take hope out into the world. The program is completely free of charge and financial support is raised through private funding. The Mercy program lasts approximately six months and usually culminates with graduation from the program. However, length of stay may vary due to individual needs and situations, and in certain instances (such as pregnant girls who give birth) residents may leave the program prior to graduation but still having accomplished desired outcomes. Since 1983 over 3,000 women have gotten back on their feet and recognize their self- worth.
I copied this right from their website because I thought it was a strong point on showing you how important this program is.
Every day, young women across the country are desperately struggling with debilitating life-controlling issues - usually more than one. Many of them have lost all hope of freedom. The situation is serious. Did you know that…
These hurting young women often spend years in and out of treatment centers, costing their families thousands of dollars. They are told over and over again that there is no hope for them . . . and despair easily overtakes their lives. Girls are literally dying in darkness; lives need to be saved.
Thank you for taking the time to read about an organization I truly believe in. I strongly suggest you go online to their website and read some of the amazing success stories (www.mercyministries.org). Let all be the change we want to see in this crazy world.
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of the “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.