Last week Mercy Ministries celebrated 30 years of ministering to young women in need. Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge, voluntary, Christian residential program serves young women ages 13-28 who face a combination of life-controlling issues. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Using proven methods, a holistic approach and professional counselors in a structured residential environment, Mercy has helped thousands of young women from all socio-economic backgrounds be restored to wholeness. The commemoration featured a variety of events that included a tour of the facility and an open house. But the highlight of this special week of activities was the celebration dinner that was help at the fabulous new Music City Center.
The dinner was hosted by Dave Ramsey, NY Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio host. Special music was a live performance by Nashville-based Grammy Award-winning recording artist CeCe Winans. Several of the city’s top dignitaries were also in the audience, along with celebrities that included American Idol alum Melinda Doolittle and Tennessee Titan Kenny Britt and his wife Sabrina. Mercy Ministries’ Founder & President Nancy Alcorn shared a very touching account about how she started the organization in 1983. Graduates of the Mercy Ministries program shared their inspiring success stories of how the organization helped them rebuild their lives. Before the dinner began an open house tour was given, with a tour of the 20,000 square-foot residence that houses up to 40 Mercy young ladies. A notable stand-out feature was the “popsicle cross artwork” in the dining room at the home. The artwork is made from popsicles on which are written lies girls believed about themselves prior to coming to Mercy Ministries.
After 30 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 affiliate 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 help young ladies who are facing a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Using proven methods, a holistic approach and professional counselors in a structured residential environment, Mercy has helped thousands of young women from all socioeconomic backgrounds be restored to wholeness.
According to founder Nancy Alcorn, “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!” Visit www.MercyMinistries.com for more information.