November 12, 2015
Mercy Multiplied is happy to announce that the recent Ten Years of Mercy event held in St. Louis, Missouri was a tremendous success.
More than 500 guests attended the celebration, which was held Thursday, November 5 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, including more than 50 St. Louis Mercy graduates. Special guests for the evening included Joyce Meyer, Natalie Grant, Jeff Fisher, Mary Hudson, State Senator Kyle McCarter and his wife Victoria, and Racheal, a Mercy graduate who flew from Israel to attend.
The event highlighted and commemorated the St. Louis Mercy home’s 10 years of transforming lives and restoring hope. Founder and President Nancy Alcorn, along with Meyer, President and Founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, gave inspirational presentations while guests enjoyed a delicious plated dinner and entertainment by Dove Award winning artist Natalie Grant.
Following Alcorn’s and Meyer’s presentations were powerful testimonies from three St. Louis Mercy graduates – Camillia, Bethany, and Breanne – who each have overcome lives of extreme anguish and adversity. Bethany was among the first to graduate from the St. Louis home in 2006. She is now free from her eating disorder, happily married, has two children, and is working as a doctor of veterinary medicine.
In addition to these presentations, Jeanne Waters-Hill, the designer who oversaw the St. Louis home renovations and owner of Touché Design Group, shared a story about her connection with Mercy through her daughter, McKenzie, who was addicted to heroine and in and out of treatment centers. Waters-Hill recalled when she and her husband, Mike, brought McKenzie to Mercy St. Louis to drop her off. She thought, “I know this space will change me and my family for the rest of our lives. I wonder if I’ll ever have the opportunity to change this space.” She was thrilled to be asked to do so five years after McKenzie graduated and is so grateful to give back to the place that saved her daughter’s life. McKenzie is now free from her drug addiction and happily married.
Over the past 10 years, more than 600 women have experienced radical life transformations at the Mercy Multiplied St. Louis home. All of them came broken by sexual abuse, depression, addiction, unplanned pregnancies, and various other life-controlling issues, and each walked away h ealed, restored, and infused with a passion for sharing Christ with others.
“This home is going to continue to be here, and thousands more will find the freedom they so desperately need,” said Alcorn.
Over $100,000 was raised at the event. The funds received will help support the operating costs of the St. Louis Mercy home.
In addition, the funds will also help make it possible for more hurting young women to come to the St. Louis home in the future to find hope and freedom from life-controlling issues.
“We definitely want to thank all of our sponsors who made the anniversary event in St. Louis a huge success,” Alcorn said. “Our sincerest gratitude goes out to Luecal Consulting, Dale and Wanda Adkins, Senator Kyle and Victoria McCarter, Touché Design Group, and James River Church-Mercy in Motion.”
More than the third of four U. S. locations, Mercy’s St. Louis home not only represents a decade of lives transformed but also a decade of extreme generosity by Joyce and Dave Meyer.
In 2005, Joyce Meyer Ministries purchased what was a former retreat center and donated it to Mercy Multiplied. Not only that, they invested an additional $1 million dollars toward the two-story, 14,000-square-foot facility to be renovated into a 30-bed residential Mercy home where girls struggling with life-controlling issues could come and experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power. Since Mercy St. Louis opened its doors, the Meyers have made significant contributions to Mercy’s operations.
“The Ten Years of Mercy in St. Louis event was an incredible celebration of not only the St. Louis home, but a celebration of the hundreds upon hundreds of lives that have been transformed there,” said Alcorn. “It was extra special to be able to honor Joyce and Dave Meyer and all that they, through Joyce Meyer Ministries, have done to support Mercy through the years. Because of their generosity and the generous support of so many others, we are able to multiply mercy through the generations.”
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Photos courtesy of Emily Dobson Photography