About Us & Mercy
This site exists as a place to bring together information, news stories and personal accounts of women damaged by the actions of Mercy Ministries International.
According to the official Mercy Ministries website Mercy
“operate unique Christian residential facilities free of charge. Our program is designed to address the whole person: spiritual, physical and emotional. Our facilities are located throughout the nation and adhere to our core values of excellence, unconditional love and accountability. Our program is free-of-charge and lasts approximately six months. Services include individualized programs, biblically-based counseling, nutrition education, fitness instruction, life-skills training and educational opportunities. Our goal is to have each young woman not only complete the program, but also discover the purpose for her life and bring value to her community as a productive citizen.”
For years, though, Mercy Ministries has been abusing vulnerable women through the use of extremist religion. This Christian organisation advertises itself as running free homes for girls with life controlling problems. They imply that their programme is run by proper healthcare professionals. IT’S NOT. The staff are trained more in the Bible than how to deal with psychological problems. They use delusional techniques like exorcism and speaking in tongues. They will only help you if you are prepared to become a Christian. If you don’t want the Bible, they don’t want you.
For years Mercy have carelessly claimed they can help those in trouble. Girls who attend find that instead of getting proper help they are made to sit in Bible studies, watch Christian preaching material, and are not permitted to talk about their problems with each other.
Mercy are quick to claim that ex-residents who speak negatively are bitter, and carry resentment due to the programme not working for them. They use this tactic to try and discredit the testimony of those damaged.
My interest in this organisation began when a close friend left a Mercy house with much greater problems than she’d entered with. My conversations with her highlighted a huge difference between the glossy marketing material Mercy put out and the actual experiences of many former residents.
This caused me to do some research and the scale of the problem I discovered staggered me. I began blogging about it a couple of years ago and since that time many, many women have come forward to confirm that they were mistreated too. I have personally spoken to women who are still traumatised by their experiences decades later.
Perhaps the most worrying thing is that Mercy Ministries has characteristics usually only found within a cult. Characteristics such as: distortion of mainstream religion; charismatic leaders convinced of their own superiority; discouragement of asking questions; separation from friends/family/outside world; teaching that Mercy is the only place that can help; imparting a fear of being told to leave so that the women follow every order.
These characteristics when coupled with the sheer scale of women who’ve been harmed make Mercy Ministries a potentially dangerous place. Mercy clearly does not work for all and so any organisation that asks the vulnerable to come to them for help has certain responsibilities. Mercy Ministries appears not to care about these responsibilities and so that is why I have set this website up.