Mercy Ministries has changed it’s name in New Zealand to A Girl Called Hope but it’s still the same old Mercy.
I can’t see any reason they would do this other than to try and hide from the negative publicity now associated with the name Mercy Ministries in Australia.
As the official A Girl Called Hope website states this ministry still has “strong ties” to Mercy Ministries and Nancy Alcorn. Clearly this is just Mercy Ministries with a different name. Perhaps Mercy thought that simply rebranding their product would be enough to silence it’s critics? The official website goes on to say:
“A Girl Called Hope is based on the work of Mercy Ministries which was founded by Nancy Alcorn in America in 1983. Having worked with troubled youth for eight years; Nancy gained insight into the reasons why social problems exist, particularly in young women.
The first home was opened in Monroe, Louisiana, this then extended to Nashville, St. Louis and Sacremento, California in the United States. Mercy Ministries has expanded internationally with homes in England, Canada and here in New Zealand.”
There is no mention at all of the Australian homes they’ve opened and then closed; no mention of the compensation payout; the lies they told the media; the thousands of women who’s lives were damaged; or the fact they only changed the name after the Australian home closed.
I’m sure any woman turning to A Girl Called Hope for help would like to know these important facts.
Steven Alan Hassan runs the Freedom Of Mind Centre in the US which aims to help people break free from the effects of cults and mind manipulation. He has developed the BITE model which sets out the method’s usually used to control minds. His website reads:
“Destructive mind control can be understood in terms of four basic components, which form the acronym BITE:
I. Behavior Control
II. Information Control
III. Thought Control
IV. Emotional Control
It is important to understand that destructive mind control can be determined when the overall effect of these four components promotes dependency and obedience to some leader or cause. It is not necessary for every single item on the list to be present. Mind controlled cult members can live in their own apartments, have nine-to-five jobs, be married with children, and still be unable to think for themselves and act independently.”
*© 2000 by Steven Hassan; published by Freedom of Mind Press, Somerville MA
The model goes through each of the 4 parts of the acronym above in detail and can be found here.
Many of the criteria found in the model can be found in the stories that have come to light.