I spent 8 months at Mercy, and God changed my life there!! I was bound by addictions, an abusive past, suicide attempts, and bulimia. I had tried getting help from so many other places, but I continually relapsed. During my time at Mercy, I learned the tools to live in freedom. While life is not perfect or easy, I am living successfully free from my past! I'm now working with at-risk youth and giving them hope that was offered to me at Mercy! I would be dead if it hadnt been for Mercy Multiplied. God used this place to save my life!
I came to the program 9 years ago as a last chance after struggling for almost 10 years with an eating disorder, self-harm and depression among other things. The Mercy staff exhibited God's love and grace in a way I'd never experienced before. God began to work in my heart in an awesome way. A heart that had turned to stone began to beat and feel again. I'm so grateful for the part Mercy has played in my journey. If it weren't for Mercy, I probably wouldn't be here today.
Mercy has changed my life. I was able to gain the skills I needed to life a productive and successful life. I was dealing with depressed and anixety to the point of hospitalization. Suicide seemed to be all I could think about. When my mother found mercy and I finally agreed to go I found a new life. I graduated mercy almost 7 years ago and I will be graduating in May with a masters in social work. Thank the Lord
I was a resident of Mercy for almost eight months, having just recently graduated. My first couple hours as a resident I realized the staff was not only welcoming but wanting to show that no matter my past, I was loved and valued. Through a process of unbecoming who I thought I was, I began to see who God created me to be. Every one of the staff was patient with me, taught me skills needed for life, cried with me and laughed with me. One of the important lessons I learned from my counselor was that there is nothing I can do to earn love, I simply am loved already. Mercy is a safe place where I shared my deepest pain and was allowed to be heard, be seen, reflect, cry, heal and grow. I am beyond words that God brought me to a place where I could have my mind renewed and where I learned my value. This program and everyone who works for it is anointed, gifted and an absolute blessing.
Finding this organization has enabled me to pursue my lifelong dream of helping people get free from life controlling issue like eating disorders. I had given up trying until I discovered Mercy Multiplied. The people at Mercy have been incredibly generous in sharing how they do what they do, and they are REALLY good at it! As a result, many more of us are being equipped to help others successfully. They are not just changing the lives of those in their homes, they are changing the lives of many more outside their homes so we can live free and help others do the same. They are really good stewards of what they have been given. They multiply it. Though they are cost efficient, they do everything with excellence. If you are looking for an effective organization that gets results, I highly recommend this one.
I was so broken when i walked into Mercy. I had tried virtually every other way of coping. I cant even say that my life had spiraled out of control because it had never been in control to begin with. I was broken , hopeless and on a very self destructive path. I was deperate for help. I tried other programs both secular and faith based, but nothing worked. As a last ditch effort i applied to Mercy, not believing it would be different. But it was! God used Mercy to heal a lifetime of hurt & dysfunction. Mercy showed me love and grace as i struggled in the beginning. No matter how much i messed up they never gave up on me. For the first time in my life i completed something when i got my GED at 29 years old. I could not have done it with out Mercy! I believe the difference at Mercy is the emphasis of building a strong relationship with the Lord ,instead of focusing on problems. I will have a year clean and sober in two weeks. I have not been clean of drugs, alcohol or tobacco for a year since i was a pre-teen. God used Mercy as a vessel of healing and freedom! Thank you Mercy Multiplied for helping me to find my true value and worth as a daughter of God!
For over 10 years I battled with severe depression, self-harm, and suicide. I had a relationship with Jesus and found bits of temporary freedom but honestly thought I would live my whole life just wishing to be dead. I came to Mercy completely hopeless and angry and lifeless. Through the staff and the resources given at Mercy I learned to take authority over my thoughts, practice self-compassion, and let God break down my walls. I left Mercy with renewed hope, with joy, and a genuine love for the life God has given me! I'm still on a journey of wholeness, like all of us, but I am thriving more than ever before. Mercy transformed my life.
I am a Community Board member but I'm also a parent of a Mercy graduate. Mercy brought healing and life back to my daughter. I truly believe that if she had not gone to Mercy she would probably not be alive now. Ever since she graduated, my husband and I have been involved as much as we can to give back to Mercy and to reach the lives of other young women. We love being on the Community Board and we totally believe in the mission and results of Mercy through the power of Jesus.
Mercy Multiplied is the only place I have seen lives truly transform. Since the girls get to come free of charge they get the time they need to really find the root of all what we call in society- their problems. I first found out about Mercy when I was in college (2008) and I couldn't believe when I first visited the Nashville home how beautiful it was. Mercy believes in excellence in all assets of the services they offer. What is cool now, seven years later, I actually got to be part of the outreach events Mercy is now doing. Now they are offering their same principles they use with the girls at the home to us in the community in workshop form. I absolutely love Mpower, their two day workshop. It truly gave me permission to work with those who wanted help, who ready to change and I have seen God show up in big ways!
Mercy Multiplied plays such an effective role in our communities and nation. It provides a safe haven to young ladies for healing, nurturing and freedom . I proudly support Mercy Multiplied, it's vision and mission. I would highly recommend anyone looking for worthy cause to support to consider Mercy Multiplied. This place is changing lives and hearts and our world is becoming a better place because of it.
This is an amazing organization. They invest in every person that comes through those doors. I see the girls change from the first day to the graduation. It’s a 360! God’s love and freedom is in them. They are so full of hope and joy! Their testimonies are so inspiring and touching. You can see that only God set them free and changed them. The have a new smile and new life.
Mercy Multiplied was a great experience for me. This program helped me glow again. Through this program I learned how valuable, worthy, and am loved by God. He loves me just as I am. I also learned that my destiny does not have to be dictated by my history. I can start a new as I have been made new in Christ. Mercy Multiplied helped me see how much I am loved.
Mercy Multiplied gave me space to learn and begin to master tools that would allow me to live an emotionally healthy lifestyle. Before Mercy, I was struggling with a form of depression and making poor choices in my personal life and felt like I was in a cycle I couldn't break. Thankfully during my 6 months there I experienced radical growth as I was loved and supported by the amazing staff. I'm so incredibly grateful for my time there, even with all the ups and downs that come with living in a group home, it was totally worth it.
Mercy Multiplied had such an amazing impact on my life. I was struggling with so many lifelong issues that could have killed me but because of Mercy I was able to be restored and set on the path of freedom.
Operation Second Chance is awesome. I currently retired and had a job lined up that ended up just being an internship that is non-paying. With no income coming in yet from me and only my wives income we hit a wall real fast. OSC has helped relieve some stress with helping us out with are rent. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help us out as well as everyone else they help. Please help get them noticed so they can keep providing support.
I was a mess when I heard about this program from a friend. She recommended that I read Nancy Alcorns book "Echoes of Mercy". So I read it & thought about applying. I ended up applying like in February or March & got accepted to go in on April 16th. This program is a great program for all the girls who are struggling. I got saved while in the program, now I'm doing good. I have had my struggles & achievements. Ups & downs. But I know God has helped me through it all. This program is amazingly helpful to those who need Gods's comfort, peace, & the freedom to live a captive free life. I definitely recomend it!
I came to Mercy for an internship at the corporate office in Nashville, and I loved it! I spent most of my time with the corporate staff, but I also got the opportunity to hang out with the residents in the home. To me, this was the most rewarding time! When I walked in the doors of Mercy for the first time, I saw God's presence everywhere I went. I have never experienced a group of people so committed to following the Word of God. This is Kingdom work!
I was desperate for help, and turned to Mercy Multiplied because I couldn't afford any additional treatment and it was free of charge. Little did I know that this place would be what would help to change my life for the better. I learned things that I could apply to my life outside of Mercy that I was unable to find throughout my 5+ years of treatment in other treatment centers. It was scary going to a place I knew little about and was also away from my hometown, but I wouldn't change my experience for anything. There was so much support and everyone was so helpful throughout my journey of finding myself and a desire/want to live again. Can't thank this place and everyone's support enough!
mercy saved my life with out this amazing program I would not be here today
After the freedom and life I got there I get to now travel the world and bring hope love and freedom to the broken in the darkest corners of the earth
What an honor
Thank you mercy and there amazing staff that loved me back to life
I won't lie to you. This program is tough. But if you're truly ready to get freedom from your issues (everything from sex trafficking and eating disorders, to self-harm and other life-controlling issues), then Mercy Multiplied is for you. This program is a free-of-charge, Christ-based and one of the best out there. Prior to going to Mercy, my life was destroyed. Most of the destruction was self-imposed. I felt hopeless and beyond hope. I didn't care if I lived or died. Going through the program was hard. Facino your issues is hard. But the freedom is so worth it. I graduated in 2009, and my life is so better than it used to be. I have peace, hope, and a future. At this time, I am in Nursing school. This has been a dream since I was a little girl. I had stopped dreaming while I was struggling because I figured I'd never see my dreams come to pass. If you're looking for a program where you will be challenged, encouraged, loved and freed from your issues, this program is for you.
I still can not believe Mercy is free of charge!
I am a 2013 graduate and when I walked through the doors of Mercy, I know its cliche, but I really didn't have any hope. I didn't believe God was good, and I was incapable of functioning in this life because of my struggles with PTSD, self-harm, and drug and alcohol abuse. At Mercy I didn't just find a religion, I found a relationship with God who is good. I also received tools that I use to this day to get me through the adversity and trials that continue to happen even on this side of Mercy.
Mere words cannot express how giving and life changing Mercy is for those lucky enough to be a resident there.
Mercy Ministries (now Mercy Multiplied) is an absolutely amazing place! I spent six months at the California home in 2013, due to a long battle with an eating disorder. It was here that I was shown the path to true freedom, and I learned that it was a choice that I could make! God worked in my life in so many ways through Mercy, and showed me that HIS truth is what sets free the captive! The staff is absolutely amazing and the program is adjusted to your specific needs. I strongly recommend Mercy!!! It definetly equips you with the tools to overcome the struggles you are facing and walk out true freedom in your life, with the strength of Christ! I know it is scary to take the step and apply, but I promise it is so worth it!!!
My life was completely transformed because of my time at Mercy Multiplied. Prior to Mercy I spent years in and out of psychiatric hospitals, rehabs, and treatment centers. Nothing brought me any lasting change. Mercy was the only place that helped me get to the root of my issues instead of just addressing my behaviors. Mercy provided me with a safe and loving home environment where I could really heal. Since being at Mercy I've lived the last 6.5 years free from the pain of sexual & physical abuse, depression, suicidal ideation, anorexia, bulimia, cutting, alcohol & drug addiction.
God used Mercy Multplied to literally save my life. From the age of five I lived in fear because of sexual and verbal abuse, and by the age of eleven I became actively suicidal. I was depressed and anxious, and to cope with family dysfunction and extremely low self esteem and worth, I turned to anorexia and self harm. After deciding to become a Christian, I was surprised that my issues didn't just go away. I lived my adult years trying to be perfect and good enough in everyone's eyes. I hated who I thought I was, which pushed me further into suicide and depression, and I felt I needed to hide the depth of my darkness from other Christians, because if they saw how dead I was inside they would tell me I wasn't good enough. In the months before applying for Mercy, I did anything to numb the pain I was in- the eating disorder, pills, alcohol, and promiscuity. I had no hope and I was just waiting for the time when the suicide plan would actually work. When I applied for Mercy, I knew getting there was truly life or death for me. Being at Mercy was one of the hardest things I have ever done, and there were several times that I wanted to give up, but in my time there the staff loved me in ways I needed, as well as in ways I didn't understand we're loving at first. But the biggest thing in my time there is that God showed up in my life there. God can show up anywhere, but my life felt so overwhelmingly dark and hopeless, and not only did I need to come to the end of myself to see I needed God, that I couldn't be enough apart from Him, but He also had to bring me to a safe and loving environment where I could work through and let go of past hurts, and to believe that He really has life and an amazing future for me. I am so thankful for my 8 months at Mercy, my life is forever changed and I have a hope that cannot be taken from me. Hard days have come and gone since then, but I don't lose hope because my hope is not in my feelings or circumstances, my hope is in the powerful and loving God that not only saved my life, but gave me a desire to live and has made my life into something beautiful! If you are struggling with any life controlling issue and need help, God will show up for you at this place! I have seen so many lives transformed and saved because of Mercy, but the reason why I know God's power is all over this organization is because I have experienced it in my own life!
I had a horrible experience at Mercy ministries. I was there for 8 months BC they kept giving me the run around abt graduating and eventually kicked me out 3 days before I was to graduate. The first counseling session I told the councler that the biggest thing for me was that I needed to get the help at Mercy but I know I'll need aftercare and to not go straight back into the environment Ieft. She promised they had an after care plan and help set everything up. Well since I got kicked out alllll my aftercare plans fell through and I was right back where I was to begin with literally no aftercare accountability. But did they care? Hell no! Onfact my councler ignored menafter onwas told inwas beimg kicked out for saying the F word. Mind you I did the entire program and was there 2 months longer then the average girl. And you want to know what the director, had to say? "I should've kicked you out a long time ago. I know you're going to be right back where you left off". I felt so much rejection there and didn't find !much healing. I felt like if your story wasn't traumatic enough for them to publicize, then you weren't important. I gained 25lbs while there BC they force you to eat large meals. They basically forced God down your throat. The weekend staff was a joke that so obviously hated their jobs and would go on power trips. My mom went into a coma and I wanted to call my dad and they said no.. Why? BC they can. They had no sympathy or compassion. I was so incredibility miserable and lonely while I was there. I guess it just wasn't the right place for me but it did get me sober and back on the right path. Shortly after being kicked out I moved to Texas to start over and I met my husband and we have a beautiful daughter :) I've been clean and living right for over 2 years now. Which is complete opposite of what the staff memebers said would happen.
Everyones experience is different and its definitely helped a lot of ppl but if you aren't that damaged and have a strong will.. I suggest finding something less intense lol
Mercy Staff Member 02/25/2016
We are sorry you did not feel you benefitted from your experience at Mercy, as we strive to help every young woman who enters our free-of-charge program. From your post, it sounds as though you have found freedom, and we are delighted to hear this!
Mercy Ministries, now Mercy Multiplied, taught me what it looks like to truly have a relationship with Christ. They taught me how to choose Him over any other addiction or negative coping mechanism. Mercy showed me how to have an abundant life. Sure, it was tough work: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. However, it was worth it. Through Mercy, I gained endurance, strength, power of choice, and a voice I didn't know I had. Mercy is a vessel for God to show young women their true identity in Christ. They showed me how to make the choice to make Jesus the Lord of my life instead of my life controlling issues.
There wasn't any love at Mercy Ministries, staff and the director were rude. I was kicked out within a month and a half. They were rude staff and qite frankly mean. I tried to call the treatment center and as soon as I would call the call would end within a minute of me talking to thwm. They don't care about the girls they serve at least I don't think so. I came home worse than I was. I became angry cuz of the way I was treated. I ended up locking myself in my room and for nearly two years I did that. I am barely getting my life back together. I don't reccomend this place and I don't feel it deserves any stars.
I know that nothing happens on accident but my time at mercy challenged me to stand up for for who I was in Christ. The counselors there I believe don't have adequate experience to work with people with eating disorders. I was overweight. I had to exercise while everyone was doing fun stuff. They don't have registered dietitians they took me off a prescribed meal plan from one. They tried to make my BMI my worth but thankfully after leaving Mercy God helped me to see past one belief system and see who he really was and that I was his child no matter what I looked like a person. They make it harder there for girls with eating disorders. If someone overweight it's even harder. It's not worth it to go to find out.
Review from Guidestar
I am looking into treatment options. I researched this organization because I wanted reviews that would be honest, truthful and aid in my making a wise choice in choosing Mercy. However, I see conflicting reviews. Some people state that they had wonderful experiences and that Mercy was a great place while others give rather drastic accounts. Most of the reviews on here are from donors and not actual clients that are able to shed light on whether this is a sound organization. I will keep searching...I want to go to a place that will help me with issues and not make them worse/create new issues. I am also perplexed as to why there are not reviews in the 3-4 star range. It seems that people that have posted here have either hated the program or loved it so much that they cannot even fathom any idea of disliking any aspect: this is concerning because it shows that there is some discrepancy somewhere that needs to be figured out. Just my thoughts. If anyone would like to clarify things for me, that would be great.
It was nine years ago, October 25th 2005, that I entered the doors of Mercy Ministries. I was scared, nervous, and desperate for help. For years I had struggled with an eating disorder and depression, but I found myself near death one year into my marriage. I was afraid that my husband would wake up one morning only to find that I had quit breathing. I knew I needed help, but in all the years that I struggled hospitalization, medication, and therapy proved ineffective. When I was presented with the idea of Mercy I thought it sounded too good to be true, but I felt God nudging me to pursue the application. I did and before I knew it I was leaving my husband and beginning my journey to recovery. What I didn't realize, however, is that I would also be starting a new relationship, with God that is. While I was at Mercy I not only received healing from an eating disorder, but I also discovered what it meant to have an intimate relationship with our amazing God. The staff at Mercy prayed over me, guided me, supported me, and listened to me. I was not merely a "patient," rather I was a sister in Christ. I can't say enough about how wonderful Mercy Ministries is. I will forever be grateful for all the that God has done, blessed me with and for guiding me to Mercy. On an end note, when doctors told me I would not have children as a result of so many years of bodily harm, I rested on what I learned while I was Mercy. That is, with God ALL things are possible!!! I am so excited to share that as of today my husband and I have been blessed with two beautiful, healthy children. Joshua is three and Faith will one this month. God is good, all the time!!! Thank you God, Mercy and Nancy Alcorn!!!
Before I came to Mercy Ministries I was broken and hurting. I was sexually abused as a child by all of the men in my life that were supposed to protect me. As a young teenager I started looking for love in guys and in attention. But I knew that I needed a change I just had no idea where to get it from. I came across Mercy through my social worker and I applied the next day. When I came to Mercy I was ready for a change and I was thankful for the program that was specialized just for young girls that were all looking for the same change. I made some of the greatest friends and became a stronger woman in Christ. I am thankful for the time that I had to spend there.
Roughly 6 Years Ago, I Graduated From Mercy Ministries! I Was Extremely Deceitful, I Had Built Up Anger Issues, I Was Very Insecure, Depressed, I Kept Myself Isolated From Everyone & Engaged Myself In Unhealthy Relationships. I Turned To Drugs For Comfort And Was Just Living Life Like A Zombie, Without A Care In The World, I Was Okay With Just Being "Average".. To Some People, You May Think, Oh That's All? That's Life BUT When It Ruins You And Your Family All In One, It's A Big Deal, It's Time For An Intervention. My Parents Were So Feed Up That It Was Time For A Change. Not Because They Didn't Love Me But Because They Saw Something In Justice That She Didn't See In Herself!! 6 Years Later, She's Working 2 Jobs, Paying Her Owns Bills, Has Her Own Car, Single, No Kids, Very Secure In The Person She Is & The Person She's Becoming. I'm Only Human, Not A Perfect Person, So Yes I Still Fight Many Battles & I Do Still Have Weaknesses But At The End Of The Day My Only Mission Is To Become More Like God. Jeremiah 29:11, I Know God Has A Plan And A Purpose For Me And I'll Do What It Takes To Get There! #MercyMinistries #TransformedLives #Love #Hope #LivesRestored
My name is Hannah, and I am the Founder/Editor in Chief of UnleashedBeauty—a Christian based fashion magazine. I am also a Mercy Ministries graduate.
Going into the Mercy home, I struggled with an eating disorder, self-harm, depression, anxiety, and had been sexually and physically abused on multiple occasions. But I walked out of Mercy’s doors a completely different person: whole, free and like I was myself again.
Since graduating from Mercy, I married an amazing man who not only supports me and my career but also Mercy Ministries. He is currently designing a Mercy app that will enable former residents to submit prayer requests to and receive encouragement from Mercy donors.
At the end of the day, I am so thankful for Nancy Alcorn listening to God’s calling on her life, because God changed my life through Mercy. I want to give back as much as I can, because of them my life became a ripple effect helping others who had similar struggles as I faced. Thank you Mercy Ministries!
When I went to Mercy I was a suicidal, clinically depressed, borderline personality, self-harming, emotional drinker. And now I'm not! The staff at Mercy spent countless hours pouring into me and speaking life over me. While I was at Mercy I learned who I am in Christ. That my name is His word for "delight." He showed me where He was during all of the painful times in my life, and during all of my time of running He was crying, "Come to me! " He showed me that those things weren't His will for me. God didn't make a mistake when He made me. He's not angry. He has such a happy heart. He ravished my heart with His love for me. Because of Mercy I am walking in complete freedom. My worst day now is a thousand times better than my best day before Mercy. Thank you!!!!!
Mercy Ministries helped me start to become the woman God created me to be. I wasn't always nice actually I was the most bitter and angriest person who had walked in the doors. Everytime I messed up and did something bad, they loved me back to God every time.
It was the love they gave and showed me that has changed my life forever
Mercy Ministries refused to assist me because I had a disability! My disability is not something that would require extravagant accommodations, I merely need medication twice daily. But this is apparently not possible for them.
I support the work of Mercy Ministries financially because I was a messed up young person and wish I had this kind of place to go to back then to get help. The graduates I've met have such amazing stories of how their lives were turned around. Changed lives are hard to argue with. Also, from my observation, Mercy Ministries is a responsible steward of the support they raise, and they run their organization with excellence.
Review from CharityNavigator
I have meet several of the young ladies in the home and after finishing the program. My daughter has several friends that have graduated the program. They find hope , love and a relationship with Jesus. I wish I could do more for this young ladies. I have recommended and will continue to recommend Mercy to hurting young ladies. Karen Talbert
Review from CharityNavigator
As a donor and largely involved supporter of Mercy Ministries, I can attest to the work done at Mercy Ministries. Nancy Alcorn has held steadfast to the vision of helping girls find life transformation. The hundreds and hundreds of stories of "Mercy Girls" often bring me to tears. I know without a shadow a doubt my financial gifts are going to make a difference and bring freedom to hurting girls. I have met several girls directly impacted by the program, and have been able to rejoice in the freedom and transformation they have found.
Review from CharityNavigator
I am so very grateful for ministries such as Mercy Ministries who genuinely exist to help girls with life-controlling issues and who's motives are pure in doing so. It is a free-of-charge residential program staffed with women who love the cause of seeing hope brought to the hopeless and lives transformed. Thank you God for this ministry! So MANY lives have been impacted and changed for the good because of it!
Review from CharityNavigator
I have know about and supported Mercy for over 7 years. I also personally know several girls who went through this program that would attest to how awesome the program is and how much it contributed to their success in life.
Review from CharityNavigator
Mercy Ministries is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Its techniques and ideology are an affront to Christianity. The ministry steals donors money by contriving results and even manufacturing "patients". My daughter was the product of a loving home. Against her parents' wishes she entered MM for "treatment". They convinced her to renounce her family, cutting off all communication ties (for two years and counting). She has likely been convinced that her parents' abused her through repressed memory techniques. The pain to her family, including her many siblings, has been immense. MM falsely advertises a desire to utilize family therapy, and convinces adolescent girls that their families are the problem, not the cure. Vulnerable girls who have not been abused or victimized are convinced that they have been. Donating to MM is donating to the devil.
Review from CharityNavigator
I highly discourage anyone from supporting or receiving services from MMOA. I was spiritually and emotionally abused while there. I'm glad that I was aware enough to see what was going on and not give in to their manipulative tactics or mind control. Medical treatment was also withheld as they said that if I just "trusted in God" or had "more faith" it would get better. They even went as far as to say that I was blocking God's ability to work in me.
Do not go to this place! I read these reviews and they are very shallow! They are not personal experiences!
I have a daughter who went to this place and she was brainwashed into believing all her problems were her parents fault- oh so common among young girls today- blame it on the parents!!! Consequently our daughter has not spoken to us going on three years! She still has her same problems and worse, only now she will not let us help her. This review will probably be removed because the ones that stay here are the lies! Basically this organization is a CULT!
I graduated from Mercy Ministries in 2006.
The main reason why I do not and never will financially support Mercy Ministries is that they are completely unqualified to address mental illness, particularly eating disorders. My counselor was not trained in eating disorder treatment. I came to Mercy with an eating disorder. I was not treated for my eating disorder. It was lumped in with all of my other mental illnesses. They "monitored" my eating, and by monitor, I mean that untrained , unhealthy staff would look at our plates and decide if it looked good. We had a nutritionist during the day, but she would merely do plate checks - not meet with us, one on one, regarding healthy eating practices. If our nutritionist was trained in eating disorder treatment, she certainly did not practice it. I never met with her regarding my eating disorder. I entered with anorexia/bulimia, and left with an unhealthy BMI and no ability to consciously choose a healthy nutritional lifestyle.
I did experience 'exorcism' as part of the counseling program, though I heard they did away with that counseling program due to negative feedback. It is extremely disconcerting to me that they do not use clinically tested counseling practices.
Essentially, they believe that demons and the devil are the cause of all negativity and illness. So, they believe, it is not necessary to address the illness, one must simply address the devil. This is very harmful to many women who go through the program. The approach has NO medical foundation (which is actually something they seemed proud of, because they would tout the fact that God heals, not doctors. In actuality, God uses doctors to heal - but there is a reason doctors go to medical school and complete residency).
Most unsettling is that Mercy practiced "healing" for lesbian women while I was there. I was young at the time, and naive, so I did not fully understand the weight of this. Now, the thought of praying the gay away makes me sick to my stomach. I wish I could apologize for ever graduating from such an institution for this sole reason.
I am currently a graduate student, and have worked to come to a place of true mental and physical health after graduating Mercy. I am not an erratic, confused, or hateful Mercy graduate; however, I am concerned about the future of the program and I am ashamed to have "graduated" from Mercy.
I am so very sorry to hear that you felt that way. I know of someone who can help you. Please check out the videos for Katie Souza. Also Sid Roth. http://www.YouTube.com/Watch?v=CIGQm3foS4Y
Mercy Ministries tried to brainwash me into thinking my illness was all better. But when I didn't respond, they dismissed me, with no aftercare and suicidal. I wasn't going to make them any money when I graduated still sick. I have severe PTSD and they encouraged me off all my medications. They're a dirty organization who mistakenly makes girls believe the world of them.
Mercy Ministries is a ministry that saves lives. I was 16 when I choose to go there. I was in a place of despair and had nowhere else to turn. I was told that I wouldn't be normal anymore. The doctors I had been going to had given up on me and sent to psych ward after psysch ward. Money was running tight because of all the medical bills and then one day my parents mental health insurance ran out. I had heard of Mercy but never felt like I needed it. I was diagnosed Bi-Polar, extreme bi-polar. I was behind in High School because of all my mental institution stays and was on 16 different medications when I went to Mercy. I attempted suicide at least once a month and never actually succeeded. Mercy saved me. I went to Mercy without any money because my parents spent their savings on mental wards. That didn't matter to Mercy, they bring in girls free of charge due to the donations they receieve. I was given a new life. I was at Mercy for a year and when I left I was a new person. I was a new person in Christ. I was on only my ADHD medication. Mercy showed me a love of Christ that I had never seen before. They took me for who I was and who I still am today. What the doctors said about me not being able to lead a normal life I have proved wrong. I was told by one of my psychologists that first diagnosed me bipolar that a miracle must of happened, because they didn't see any signs of bi-polar inside me. I know who created that miracle, and Mercy showed me the love of Christ. Christ is the one miracle maker who healed me from all my depression, my suicidal thoughts, and my diagnosis of bi-polar. Mercy Ministries was the one place that didn't label me, they showed that I was a new creation in Christ. I was told I could never lead a normal life. 12 years after leaving Mercy, I am not on any mediciations, I was in the military for 8 years and ranked up, I have a beautiful daughter, and am now a full time student getting my nursing degree with all A's and B's. Mercy took me in free of charge and I left there with more hope than ever before. Mercy Ministries is the most amazing ministry, who truely does what they say they are going to do. This would be on my number one list for non-profit organizations. I now do whatever I can do to raise money so that other girls like me can also get a life-changing experience.
I was a 15 year old girl on over 20 different antiphyschotic medications. I went from dr to dr with the diagnosis of bi-polar. Then it changed to PMDD. Then it was we have no idea whats wrong with her. I became a ward of the state and was told to go to a home. I chose Mercy Minsitries because I just got done touring it, and was amazed at how much the girls loved it. They were so happy. I wanted to be that happy. I grew up in a Christain home, but did not always get it. I came to Mercy broken, misunderstood, and alone. I came home from Mercy whole, understood, and with a whole new family. I grew up in the year that I was there and learned that when no one else is around. There is a God who is there at all times. Since being there I went over to Iraq and got injured. I learned that I had a brain tumor (after which the doctors say probably caused the problems I had as a teenager (who knew)) I have been through 3 brain surgeries and 3 months of serious radiation treatments. I still have the tumor there, but it has shrunk considerably. I will probably always have a brain tumor, yet at the same time. I was strong because of my faith. I had my strong faith because of Mercy. I was optimistic because of Mercy. I fought because I had Jesus Christ on my side. I live by Ephesisans 6:10 "Be Strong in the Lord and in the POWER of his Might." Mercy Ministries not only gave me the faith, but the family that still surrounds me today. After 10 years of leaving Mercy, I still keep in touch with many of the girls. Without Mercy Ministries (which helped me get off ALL medication and showed me that I COULD be normal and live a normal life even after dr's told me no) I would probably still be going from Dr to Dr and feeling lost and alone. Mercy Minsitries saved my life!
I was only 17 and was already in adolocent mental institutions for suicide attempts, cutting, an eating disorder, and substance abuse. My home life was awful. I was physically abused by a member of my family constantly. I felt like I had no hope left in me, no drive to keep living. I just wanted to end it all. I would do anything at all to mask the pain, to cover it up. Whether It was cutting to try to relieve the pain I felt inside. Or using alcohol and drugs to mask it. I learned about Mercy from my church. I had applied and was at the Nashville home within a few months. I believe with all of my heart I would not be here today if it wasnt for Mercy and God. All of the other places I had been only medicated me or tryed to teach me new coping skills. Mercy went way beyond that. They showed me the Love and mercy of God. The staff were absolutely amazing. They were very educated and knew what they were doing. Every single day, they went beyond their job title, by showing us the love and grace of God. They were the most loving people I have ever been around. At Mercy, It wasnt an Institution, or a hospital. It was a Home. An inviting, modern, and comfortable home. My time at Mercy was the most amazing 6 months of my life. I was able to develop a true relationship with Christ and surrender all of me to him. I learned I am perfect exactly the way I am. I Graduated from Mercy Ministries in October of 2008, a completely new and free woman. My past no longer defines who I am, Christ does. If you are trying to find a charity to donate to, Mercy Ministries is the perfect one. They change girls lifes every single day. They not only help girls who are hurting and desperate, They transform and restore precious lives.
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It always amazes me the power of God's word. I never dreamed of how God could use the things which were not God. Mercy Ministries really is about the Love of God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. I never dreamed that my mentors would tell my story to help others but that is the God we serve. So thankful they use God's word to address every feeling, emotion, issue with God's word. So thankful they never give up regardless of the situation they still quote God's word. Its the only thing that sets a person free. Always amazed at how the God I serve takes something that was meant for evil but God used it for His glory. Mercy represents Godhead. So thankful just to sit at their feet. It really is God that makes the difference. The world has nothing on them. So thankful for the teaching has to line up with Gods word. I never get tired of hearing or reading the stories for it really is the power of Gods word. Many come to Jesus. Upon graduation so many answer a call of God from becoming a Missionary, Seminary, Counseling but by addressing everything with using God's Word. I'm still amazed because God really doesn't waste anything. The other volunteers/interns and those on Staff are my just some of my heros. My other heros are the girls the ones in the program and those on the waiting list. For their voise cries out "You say I didn't have to live like this you said there is more to life and they learn that there really is a life. My favorite story is when the girls say that is in the Old Testament I want something from the New Testament or vice versa. One of my mentors who is on Staff @ Mercy told me while touring the home if its not in the Bible than we don't have an answer.
I have gotten to know Mercy Ministries through our daughter, Whitney Nall, being the Nashville Community Relations Manager! WOW!!!Mercy is SO IMPRESSIVE!!!The CHRIST-Centered approach to helping young women know the Love of their Heavenly Father is First and Foremost!!!The Ministry is totally donor funded, debt-free and the girls come to Mercy FREE of charge!AMAZING! When I started a new business Jan.2009, I was too excited to sleep SO I stayed up ALL night and read Mercy's Founder, Nancy Alcorn's book, Echoes of Mercy. I was convicted to run my business the way Nancy runs Mercy Ministries; to do what GOD has called me to do and trust HIM with the results! Mercy's results are LIVES RESTORED, that's a GOD THING!
This is a very short version of my testimony, a story I can now tell because of how God changed my life through this program. My birth mother left me and my younger brother when I was 2 years old. One of my family members became controlling and abusive and would often punish me by making me spend hours on my knees against the wall and would often beat me. The physical abuse became worse as I got older. Other family members molested me and this abuse eventually escalated to rape. The emotional pain led to cutting and a long battle with self-harm and bulimia. I became very confused about my sexual identity and got involved in relationships with other girls. Because of my rebellion, I was kicked me out of my home and fled to a Christian friend. When I thought I was controlling all of my issues, I realized that they were actually controlling me. A Mercy graduate who attends my church shared her testimony one Sunday morning, and I decided to seek lasting change for myself. During my time at Mercy, I learned that God already knew all of my past and my mistakes but He still accepts me just as I am. All I have to do is be willing to surrender everything and lay all my burdens down at His feet. I experienced the overwhelming love of Christ when I finally put on my crown of forgiveness and gave Him all of the ashes of my life. I am so thankful that God took my past and turned it into something that would ultimately make me turn to Him and fall in love with Him.
I don't really have a personal experience with this ministry, other than visiting a graduation once. I don't know how the girls are when they come in but seeing the transformation into Godly women is touching and amazing! I know my monthly donation is helping to change girls' lives!
I first became acquainted with Mercy Ministries when my daughter went to the St. Louis home for help with an eating disorder. She had spent 6 weeks at a private clinic which cost $1500 a day with no lasting improvement. She spent 6 months at Mercy, which is free, and it saved her life and transformed her. We have had many Mercy girls come back to visit the St Louis home and stay with us while they're here. They all are thankful for Mercy and how it changed their lives. Now I amy privileged to give back to Mercy by helping on fund raising and more recently working directly with the girls on an art healing project.
I am so impressed with Mercy Ministries and Nancy Alcorn. This organization truly does what they state in their website. They empower women and girls to live their lives in freedom by offering them a safe environment to spend time learning about freedom and the Truth.
Mercy Ministries is one of the premier programs to help girls and young women who are struggling with life's issues. Whether it's an eating disorder, an emotional issue, self harm or anything else, Mercy successfully addresses the issue as well as the spiritual implications which are often overlooked. I actually have a cousin who is at Mercy now and she is receiving a level of care, counseling and support that she never received at the other programs she tried. I would recommend Mercy to any girl in need of help!
Mercy is an outreach ministry not just to the girls in the program, but also in the community. There are numerous resources in the main website, as well as blogs with inspirational messages to help motivate a generation of girls literally fighting for their lives! I personally struggled with an eating disorder and found out about Mercy after I was well into the healing process; I made a decision to give my resources to meet the needs of girls like myself, and after making this decision, I realized not only was I helping others, I was truly sowing seed into my own healing. This ministry is all about the individual; they do not get caught up in raising money for the sake of raising money; it is always with the motive and fierce passion to save one more life (whether that means physically, spiritually, or both) from the pressures and temptations of this world. My experience with staff members I've had the priveledge to work with has been nothing but positive experiences; they are extremely hard workers, and they do their job with passion and love. I am honored and proud to serve in such an organization. To me, there is no other organization like them, based on their approach to healing and the grace and literal 'mercy' they show these girls.
Every time I leave a Mercy function, I am reminded of why I love helping this great organization. At the last Mercy Friends luncheon, I made a few remarks about why my wife and I are involved. After the luncheon, a lady came up to me. She is the mother of one of the graduating Mercy girls that week. Her tears of happiness that her daughter's life had been change and hope restored prevented her from saying very much to me, she could only say thank you. I was not expecting it, but I know why God has connected my wife and I to this organization.
I first learned about Mercy over a decade ago after hearing Nancy tell her story at a women's conference. After reading Nancy's book, I really identified with her heart to help girls and the principles by which she was guided to do it, particularly offering them help free of charge so they would know they were cared for and valued and not just viewed as a profit center. It's been incredible to see how God has blessed this ministry, expanded their reach and their homes, and the testimonies of the girls' changed lives are the greatest evidence of their success. I believe Nancy's heart to do things with excellence reflects the heart of God in how He views the broken women who come to Mercy for help and restoration. I love that girls who are written off by their families, society and all sorts of medical and psychological personnel graduate Mercy and go on to become doctors, missionaries, wives, Fulbright scholars... What further evidence do we need that a great God, a dedicated staff and an effective ministry can indeed redeem and transform lives? I invest money for a living and am even more judicious with my personal giving, and can honestly say that an investment in Mercy yields a great return every time.
I first heard of Mercy Ministries about five years ago when I saw Nancy Alcorn on Joyce Meyer's daily broadcast. My heart was instantly knitted with this ministry. Since that time, I learned more about Mercy and along the way, as my family and I moved to a different church, we discovered that our church was directly involved with Mercy! I have had the amazing opportunity to visit the corporate offices in Nashville, as part of a missions trip to help serve them and the Nashville home. To date, I currently serve on the Community Board for the upcoming Charlotte, NC home! I am so extremely amazed, having witnessed first hand, at the level of integrity and excellence that this ministry operates by, even down to the smallest details, and the staff of Mercy Ministries are by far some of the best I have ever seen and had opportunity to get to know. This is a ministry completely worthy of consideration as an outreach to support!
I originally connected with Mercy Ministries in July of 1993 after the death of my wife and unborn child. I wanted to find a ministry that would serve and love women that have been beaten down in life and feel no hope for the future. I found that and more in Mercy! I have visited Mercy and find that they not only produce hope, but also restore lives to "better than original" status free of charge. Amazing non-profit!
I spent eleven years in the mental health system receiving treatment in various hospitals and facilities for Abuse, Depression, PTSD, Dissociation, self-harm, suicidality, and anorexia. At the end of my rope, I found Mercy Ministries. I did not know what to expect. I found a loving home where I was safe to sort out the traumas of my past, receive great counsel and guidance, and most importantly, I was given the opportunity to find a real relationship with God. The home was beautiful, modern, clean, and non-institutional. The staff were compassionate and loving, well educated, and dedicated to their work. I was challenged physically, spiritually, and emotionally, but when I graduated from Mercy Ministries after approximately six months, I knew the Truth about myself and God. I was and still am free from depression, self-harm, eating disorders, and PTSD symptoms. Life is an ongoing learning adventure, but Mercy was instrumental in setting me on the right course with the One who changes everything. I have hope for a future outside of what happened to me in the past, and I'm so grateful.