Mercy Ministries is a non-profit Christian organization that I personally support, and I just thought it was time I wrote a blog about the amazing things this ministry has done in saving the lives of hurting young women everywhere! I’ve been a proud supporter of Mercy Ministries for 18 years now and I have seen the changed lives first hand.
Nancy Alcorn is the president and founder of Mercy Ministries and I would like to share with you the amazing story of how she began this wonderful ministry. I know Nancy personally and I can say that she is truly a woman of faith, determination and character. Here is her story:
It was during and after college that Nancy Alcorn, a native Tennessean, spent eight years working for the state of Tennessee at a correctional facility for juvenile delinquent girls and investigating child abuse cases. Working for the state on a daily basis gave her direct encounters with the secular programs that were not producing permanent results that exemplified changed lives. Nancy saw many of the girls pass the age of eighteen and end up in the women's prison system because they never got the real help they needed. After working for the state and recognizing that true transformation would never come as the result of any government system, she was appointed Director of Women for Nashville Teen Challenge where she worked for two years. Through her experience, she began to realize that only Jesus could bring restoration into the lives of the girls who were desperately hurting and searching for something to fill the void they felt in their hearts. As her spirit was stirred and her passion ignited, Nancy knew that God was revealing a destiny that would result in her stepping out to help these hurting women.
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. As she began to lay the groundwork for the establishment of the ministry, she knew that there were three principles to which she must always remain faithful: (1) do not take any state or federal funding that may limit the freedom to teach Christian principles, (2) accept girls free of charge, and (3) always give at least ten percent of all Mercy Ministries' donations to other organizations and ministries.
Several years and many changed lives later, Mercy Ministries has established locations in Monroe, Louisiana, Nashville, Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri, and a home under construction in the Sacramento, California area. The organization has grown beyond the borders of the United States, including affiliates in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, and Peru. In addition, plans are underway for more sites in America as well as internationally.
You can also read more about Mercy here: www.mercyministries.com and about Nancy Alcorn, the founder here: http://www.mercyministries.org/AboutUs/OurFounder/Default.aspx
Stay tuned for more wonderful stories about Mercy Ministries!