…exposing the truth about Mercy Ministries

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.

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18 responses

  1. Hi there 🙂

    I really like what you are doing with your website. I like the focus of it and the insight you have on destructive groups and how you give weight to valid criticism.

    I look forward to seeing some more stories up here!

    Cheers

    Sarah of the Collage

    January 27, 2011 at 9:53 am

    • Thanks for the feedback Sarah =D

      January 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

    • Maria

      This website is strictly LIES from the devil!! Of course any perosn not knowing the lod and wanting the world to be trapped is gonna make lies like this website Nancy Alcorn is a true woman of God and her desires are all for the good all this negative talk is obviously from someone who has no relationship with the lord and is not filled with the holy spirit!! Quit listening to the devil and serve your heavenly father!!! I will be prayimg for all of yall and may the devil leave your life, *IF GOD BEFORE US THAN WHO AGAINST US*

      October 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      • Maria, Unfortunately this website is not strictly lies. The testimonies on here are entirely true. They may differ from your experience but that does not make them untrue. If only they were, if only. Denying that people’s lives have been ruined doesn’t change the reality, it is merely a delusion.

        The issue here is nothing to do with having a “relationship” with the Lord or being filled with a “spirit”. It is about vulnerable women having their lives made much worse by extremist religion.

        You have been taught by Mercy Ministries that anybody who says anything bad about Mercy is filled with the devil. This is the true lie.

        I hope that one day you learn this.

        February 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      • Hi Maria.

        I must concur with the administrator, and for your information, I am a God-loving Christian.

        There is a reason why this website exists, and why this website is not the only website out there saying what another dozen or so websites confirm. There are very serious abuses that go on at Mercy Ministries, and a number of practices that they deny to this day, despite their entire counselling manual being leaked to the media proving the practice of demonic deliverance for example. Testimony upon testimony of first-hand former resident confirms the staff are unqualified to run a treatment facility.

        Just because Mercy brand themselves as a Christian organisation does not mean they are immune to sin and corruption.

        I encourage you to read more widely on the subject of Mercy Ministries, with an open, thinking mind.

        Peace in Christ,

        Sarah’s Collage

        March 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  2. L

    hi, im wondering what i should do then kuz i was going to apply for a girl called hope and if this is true i dont want that as i really have a lot on my plate!

    June 11, 2012 at 6:43 am

    • Hi, thanks for your comment. I’m afraid I do not have the answer to all your problems. You have to make your own mind up about what to do.

      Religion should never be used to treat medical problems. Only proper, qualified, experienced physicians should be offering treatment for the kind of things Mercy residents are experiencing.

      Mercy does not have the expertise to offer appropriate help. I wish you all the best.

      June 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

  3. Frances

    It is sad to think that your experience with Mercy left you to continue living in bodage. Where the Spriti of the Lord is there is freedom. Christ came so that we could be set free. So that we could live in victory, but we have to be willing to put aside our carnarl nature to give room to the Holy Spirt. It requires a great strength to humble ourselves before God in order to give our hearts, minds, and souls to receive breakthroughs. It makes me sad that althoguh you may have gone to Mercy with the best intentions; there may have been a part of you that may have kept you from totally surrending everything over to God. To be able to experience God’s healing power and forgiveness though his Son requires our willingness to hear his voice to bring to light the areas that were hidden in darkness. Once we Confess our sins comes forginess and the Lord wipes the slate clean! We are forgiven and his love endures forever! You may gone there with expectations (which you should have ) but you may not have given your ALL. He loves you and he wants you to walk in freedom and not in bondage. Blessings!

    August 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  4. Cat Jen

    Dear admin,
    Do you distinguish the testimonies of international clients and american clients? Only asking because a close friend of mine is an american graduate and the program definitely changed her life for the better, and Im currently in the application process. Please, let me know. Thank you.
    Cat

    May 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm

  5. Kim

    Hi, I’m an American Mercy grad and mercy completely transformed my life. Why would I say this if I had to lie? I have nothing to gain from saying this. I went in with an eating disorder, traumatized, and completely broken. I am now living in freedom. I’m not saying Mercy is a magic pill. It is a lot of work.. But Mercy changed my life. In fact, I would be dead if it weren’t for mercy ministries because I was so suicidal and I was so entrenched in my eating disorder that those around me were fearful of my death. The people whom I graduated with and I lived with those 6 months are doing well That is not to say we don’t struggle, but that we have the tools to walk in freedom now. Mercy is very adamant on telling the graduate that they don’t have to be perfect. There is actually a line we can call for times we are struggling. In no way did mercy abuse me or anyone I know. I hope that you will allow this to be posted so someone can make an informed decision about mercy since you are all about that. And Maria, I am not really sure why you felt the need to post that but it makes you seem crazy and hard-hearted. That is not what a christian is to act like. I believe these women are Christians and love God. So, not sure where you came up with your faulty conclusions but please don’t degrade others with your ignorance.

    September 24, 2014 at 1:45 am

  6. Catherine

    Hi. My names catherine. I am an (American) mercy ministries graduate. Mercy ministries changed my life for the better. (DONT STOP READING!) I went into the program a suicidal addict and left feeling like my life had worth. That being said, one of my best friends to this day quit the program six months in. She self harmed multiple times through out her stay and continues to struggle with self harm and drug abuse daily. What worked for me and what will someday (hopefully) work for her are two totally different things. So, no I am not a survivor of mercy but a huge supporter. Though they were not trained in psychiatry they continuously took me to a doctor to monitor and update my meds, they prayed with me every night of my seven month stay because I suffered from flashback like dreams, and they gave me the strength and confidence to be a better me and a better mom to my daughter. So again, no the program isn’t for everyone. But it could also save a life. (Thanks for reading if you made it this far.)

    September 29, 2014 at 8:02 am

  7. Greg White

    I really don’t get all the talk about a cult-like atmosphere. Many of the things that some of the girls are complaining about are completely necessary for people in extreme bondage. Some are complaining because they can’t tell their story to others. Many times others will feed of off the negative part of a story and it can do them great harm if they are struggling. Many girls with eating disorders have learned their techniques from listening to other girls. Girls with sexual issues can cause others to struggle who didn’t have those problems. Complaining about structure. You’ve got to be kidding. Extreme structure is need to help people in deep patterns of life controlling issues. Complaining about organic food. How ridiculous! Organic food is more expensive and healthy.
    Girls upset about being indoctrinated with religious materials and not following accepted secular counseling technique. This is beyond ridiculous. This is a Christian program that is entirely based on people making a deep commitment to biblical principles. And secular techniques do not have a great success rate. Have you seen the government rates on secular drug rehab centers. The success rates are so low that no one would ever pay $20,000 to $30,000 a month is they knew that very few ever gain freedom that lasts for the 5 year measurement that the government measure by.
    I have no doubt that Mercy Ministries doesn’t work for everyone. And sometimes there will seem to be no explanation as to why it didn’t work. But some of the examples I am reading about were girls who were determined to rebel. Did they really expect it to work when they refuse to follow the rules. To think that some object to having to read books and do work before they are accepted. The logic of this is obvious. Mercy Ministries needs some way to evaluate if the girls are willing to make maximum effort. Of course, this isn’t a sure way, but it does weed out quite a few that are looking for a magic wand to be waved over them and they won’t have to do any hard work to receive healing. I could go on and on about some complaints that made no sense, but I think I have said enough.
    One girl on this website said she was there for 6 months and all but 2 of the girls she went through with had gained freedom and were continuing to be free. Not perfect, but changed and free. 2 out of 20 didn’t make it. Maybe it is only 80% at other times- or 70%. Over several decades that leaves a lot of girls to say it didn’t work for me. And even to say how terrible it all was. But think how many success stories that leaves.
    Think of all the girls who are desperate and thinking about going to Mercy Ministries and now won’t because of this website. These are desperate girls who feel hopeless and have already tried to do everything they can do. Now some of them won’t go and most will never find freedom anywhere else. I would agree with one thing on the website. Going there is a risk. For those who go and don’t succeed they may feel more hopeless than ever before. That is the risk of trying to get free. You can do nothing and stay the same, but probably get worse. Or, you can take a risk that you might not make it.
    Now, in case you are all wondering- I don’t know one person who has anything to do with Mercy Ministry. I have never been visited any of the program sites. I think I did see Nancy Alcorn on TV 10 or 15 years ago, but I’m really not sure. I am a pastor in Duncanville, Texas, who over the years has worked with many desperate girls with eating disorders. I have worked with many other people who have struggled with deep bondages in the lives. I’m putting my full name on here so that people will know this isn’t fake. You can look me up if you want. Personally, I wish there were dozens of Mercy Ministries available to help so many more people than they currently have room for. If you are a young lady struggling with a deep life controlling issue that is destroying your life- please, take the risk. Really- what do you have to lose. If you don’t like Mercy Ministry and you are struggling with an eating disorder I would be glad to recommend a place in Arizona that charges about $100,000 for a 2 month program. If you want to see extreme control, this place will show you control. Or, there are lots of live-in substance abuse programs that charge between $15,000 and $30,000 a month and do not want to tell you their success rates. Now that’s reality. Personally, if it was my daughter, I would want her to go to Mercy Ministries. But, obviously, the choice is yours. If you don’t believe it will work- don’t go. But, don’t listen to someone who has bragged about breaking all the rules and then say how terrible it was and it didn’t work for them and it won’t work for anyone else either.

    May 12, 2015 at 3:46 am

    • Kimmie

      Thank you for the post! I am a 2014 graduate still walking in freedom. It has been a year and I still cling to the hope of Jesus Christ I found there. I can tell you that you are right when you question the absurdities that is claimed on this website. Mercy is nothing like other places who seek to control their residents. Mercy allows one to leave if they desire. I took the chance to go to mercy and my life is so much better. The very fact that I am alive is a testament to Mercy’s success rate. I went in desperate and hopeless and doubted that Mercy would work for me. However, upon being there, I slowly received healing and am now a changed woman. Where there once was brokenness, there is now freedom. Where there once was fear, there is now confidence. There once was death knocking on my doorstep and now I am living life to the fullest! I am in college getting a degree so that I can help others in bondage. God is good and He used Mercy to save my life. You are right in your observations. Mercy is not a cult at all. It is not like any other treatment center, but that is a good thing! If anyone has any questions, feel free to respond and I will send my email! If you are considering mercy, give it a chance! It works! So many friends I made there are walking in freedom. Life is better and freedom is possible!

      May 12, 2015 at 4:01 am

      • cdarhower

        You used way too many buzz words for you not to claim that place as a cult.

        Let me ask you a question, did you ever try to leave Mercy? Like ask to leave? Did they give you a telephone in that instant and let you call your next of kin in order to make arrangements for a flight home?

        I asked to leave Mercy at least six times and I was serious each and every time, the last time I did it, I left the premises to go get a phone myself, because they wouldn’t give me one. The told me to “SIT DOWN, YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL, YOU’RE NOT GETTING A PHONE CALL DURING THE WEEK!” I left the premises, because if I didn’t I knew for a fact that they were going to take me into a office, talk me out of it, tell me Mercy was the place for me, tell me that God wanted me there to get better and it was the one and only place I could find healing and then tell me to “think about it for a couple days”. Where then I would proceed to withdrawal my wish, because I became convinced that I was going to die out in the real world without them.

        How is that a choice to stay or getting a choice to leave? That’s not a choice at all. They pinned me against my own life.

        When I walked away to find a phone, they coaxed me back by telling me that I would shut down all of Mercy Ministries if I continued walking. I thought at that point I was the only one who had issues, so I didn’t want to hurt other women getting help. It was a lie anyway. They manipulated me. It was a mind game.

        That’s not a choice, that’s silent kidnapping. Just because there’s no locks on the doors doesn’t make you free. It makes you captive of the mind. Did you feel safe to leave Mercy Ministries at any time you wanted to? We’re you a harm to anyone? Was anyone a harm to anyone at Mercy Ministries? Mercy isn’t a inpatient facility. I know drug rehabs that let their patients walk down to McDonalds and gas stations to grab gum and stuff. Were you allowed to do that? Or would you have had to have a receipt when you came back? No we weren’t allowed to walk out on the porch without permission.

        June 4, 2015 at 5:19 am

      • Kimmie

        Funny you claim that buzzwords imply it is a cult. However, you are telling me what I should think and telling me that because I used certain words, I am not thinking for myself. You are doing exactly what you claim mercy to do. I am so sorry for your experience. Truly. However, the mercy you claim was nothing like it was when I was there. When were you there? There was a woman who was of harm and threatened my life. She was arrested and sent to the mental hospital. I was a harm to myself only when I engaged in eating disorder behaviors when I was there. Which they helped me through. I hope that i am not coming across as discounting your suffering. I just mean to state that Mercy does work. I have seen nothing that you explained. Again, my heart grieves over your pain but I am not sure it is okay to be telling girls that Mercy is such a horrible place when it does so much good. There was a woman who was harsh to me at times and it was not okay. However, the staff actually confronted her and just a few months later after more complaints, she no longer works there. Thus reinforces the idea that the residents do have a voice.

        June 4, 2015 at 5:31 am

  8. cdarhower

    Buzzwords do imply cults. Many of Mercy Ministries some buzzwords are “Freedom, Transformation, Hopeless, Brokeness” here is a larger list of others. There is a larger list of Mercy Buzzwords if you go to the Mercy Survivors page and type in “Buzzwords”. I can’t paste links or it requires moderation and the maker of this page isn’t very active with Mercy Stuff anymore.

    I am a bit confused how pointing out that you used many buzz words in your first entry and then telling you my experience at Mercy was forcing you to think a certain way.

    It reaffirmed in my mind, because you used many buzzwords that it is in fact a cult. Typically with cults you don’t think for yourself. Do I think that it’s crazy that you think that you’re incapable of being under undue influence? Yes. Steven Hassan once said “How would you know you’re under undue influence? I guess that’s tricky part, you wouldn’t.”

    Undue influence- influence by which a person is induced to act otherwise than by their own free will or without adequate attention to the consequences.

    Whether you were under undue influence or not, it’s crazy to think that you believe it can’t happen. It can happen to the best and the brightest of us. More so to the brightest of us. And it takes the strongest of us to get away.

    I was at Mercy in 2008. Do you really believe that in 5 years they’ve completely changed face? Not to mention I have stories from as late as 2012. It takes girls years to come to terms with their experience at Mercy, sometimes decades.

    If you go look at the BITE model (easier to understand) or even the Lifton Model for cults, and honestly match it up against what went on at Mercy Ministries can you honestly tell me that they don’t come near it?

    You may also want to read this, which explains about scapegoating and how maybe it didn’t happen to you, (although it does seem like you were targeted by a staff member) but it did happen to other women, and how it doesn’t make them saints for saving some and damaging others beyond repair. It still makes them abusive. (I’m just going to copy and paste it here, because otherwise, it requires moderation). If you want the original with the links, you can go to my tumblr :ThePinkPropaganda.

    “I really cannot stand the Mercy residents, sponsors and supporters who have this attitude about them that it’s okay for Mercy to hurt some young women, as long as they help others. It’s okay for them to be abusive towards some young women as long as others turn out alright.

    It’s actually really common for abusive people to pick one person to take the brunt of the abuse and at Mercy things are kept very secret, so you would never see it. You’re not allowed to talk about why you’re there. You can get in trouble for talking about your interactions with staff members. Your roommate could have been that woman. Your friend could have been that woman. And I don’t understand why this is excusable, because they helped you? Or they helped your friend. I don’t care if they helped a million young women, things have to change.

    It’s called scapegoating,

    Aggression, the use of force against another human being, is always present in scapegoating. As Elizabeth A. Kaspar says, “The aggressive person is one who tries to dominate others. Aggressiveness, too, can take several forms. The aggressive person is frequently rude and humiliating, (e.g., “What do you mean, you aren’t going to do it?”), or the aggressive person can become self-righteous (e.g., “I am only insisting on this for your own good.”), or she/he can resort to being manipulative (e.g., “If you refuse, what will everyone think of you?”).“

    It seems as if we humans as a species seem to need someone to vent our anger on and make wrong. Scapegoating is a projection defense. It is the ego saying “If I can put the blame on you, I don’t have to recognize and take responsibility for the negative qualities in myself. What I can’t stand about myself, I really hate in you and have to attack you for it in order to deny that I have the same quality.”

    “Scapegoating is a hostile social – psychological discrediting routine by which people move blame and responsibility away from themselves and towards a target person or group. It is also a practice by which angry feelings and feelings of hostility may be projected, via inappropriate accusation, towards others. The target feels wrongly persecuted and receives misplaced vilification, blame and criticism; he is likely to suffer rejection from those who the perpetrator seeks to influence. Scapegoating has a wide range of focus: from very large groups of people down to the scapegoating of individuals by other individuals.

    In scapegoating, feelings of guilt, aggression, blame and suffering are transferred away from a person or group so as to fulfill an unconscious drive to resolve or avoid such bad feelings. This is done by the displacement of responsibility and blame to another who serves as a target for blame both for the scapegoater and his supporters.”

    The process is unconscious it is more likely to be denied by the perpetrator. In such cases, any bad feelings – such as the perpetrator’s own shame and guilt – are also likely to be denied. Scapegoating frees the perpetrator from some self-dissatisfaction and provides some narcissistic gratification to him. It enables the self-righteous discharge of aggression. Scapegoaters tend to have excessively disciplinary characteristics [Kraupl-Taylor, 1953]. ….On another view, scapegoaters are insecure people driven to raise their own status by lowering the status of their target …”
    [1]

    Mercy Ministries staff members are not all trained on how to be subjective with the women in the program. They aren’t trained about transference and what should happen if that came up. A lot of them are not trained at all. Their staff is sorely under educated and misguided about mental illness, from counselors to secretaries to residential staff. They have very few people keeping them accountable. There are no on site doctors, etc. A lot of the time if you go to authority with a problem with staff you are told to just work it out, there is no intervention. It’s automatically assumed that it’s the clients fault, because the staff are women of God and could not possibly be abusive. There is no clear cut way you can lodge a grievance, there is no grievance procedure. The staff turn over rate is phenomenal and the staff to patient ratio is something like 2:30 at times. That’s far beyond any treatment program I’ve ever been to.

    I have heard a lot of really terrible stories come out of Mercy Ministries. Some very sad stories, most of which do not make themselves public. But some of us do. And there are some young women who came out of Mercy not being targeted and they cut themselves off from Mercy Ministries, because of the stories that they heard. I admire those girls, I really do. And I admire the sponsors who did too. LG and TWLOHA come to mind.

    How can you so blindly just be okay with that? How can you be okay that some young women are being targeted and harmed? I was treated very poorly at Mercy Ministries by some staff members, and to this day I’m not exactly sure why. I feel that for a long time at Mercy I followed the rules to a T, and then just gave in, because I couldn’t please them. I feel that at some point I was an easy target. And maybe there are reasons that are very personal to staff that I will never know. They scapegoated me a lot. When they kicked me out instead of saying something like, “this just didn’t work out”. They told me how I was manipulative, rebellious,didn’t follow God’s plan for my life and how I didn’t work the program. It was all my fault. Despite all that they did wrong. I constantly felt rejected by them, no matter what I did I would never be accepted by certain staff members.

    I can still remember the day I got so upset and asked the head of counseling why she was so rough on me as opposed to other young women and she answered me. “You entered a psychiatric ward, of course I’m more rough on you”. I entered a psychiatric ward 2 weeks into my stay, because I was so suicidal. Again I did not understand why this meant she had to be more mean to me. She was even scapegoating a reason to be mean to me and making it my fault. YOU were in a psychiatric ward, so that gives me permission to be mean to you. It wasn’t even logical. I was clearly sick.

    When people tell me that they were treated nicely there I am shocked. That’s impossible. Why was I treated so poorly? Maybe it’s a little bit of the same for people who were treated nicely when they hear an abuse story. “What, no that’s impossible, nobody was abused there, I was treated so nicely”. Some staff members were good to me. I will not lie about that. I found safety in some of them and terror in others. To the point where I would avert all eye contact and stare at the floor. Unfortunately I felt that the staff members who scapegoated me the most, had the most power.

    And then I hear stories about other young women who were defiant, refused to eat, and did all this other really horrible stuff and they “loved on them and told them about Jesus”. Is that code for “love equals discipline” and by “told them about Jesus” they actually told them about how much they were sinning? Or was I different for some reason? I mean there were young women there that were far more defiant then I was and they never acted towards them like they did me. They accepted them. I constantly questioned, what was wrong with me? But it wasn’t what was wrong with me. It was what was wrong with them.

    And I hear it over and over again. The same thing. They target someone and they choose her to take down. And then you’re sitting there saying “it didn’t happen to my friend, it didn’t happen to me, so they’re perfect”.

    So when a mother locks a child in a closet, and takes care of the other two, is she still a good mother? [to get link go to site]

    I mean these stories are real. Nobody made them up. Nobody exaggerated. Nobody is “bitter or resentful”. I know for myself I am glad I never graduated the program. And many people with abuse stories DID graduate the program. It’s a common theme in each one. Dozens of stories, and you’re still supporting them? And there are dozens more that haven’t come forward. I don’t get it. I really just do not get why you’re not asking for change of some type? With anything else in this world you would be at their door step telling them to shape up. Don’t stop because this place helped you or helped someone you know. You now know me and I was harmed by them. They hurt a load of others also. And that’s not right. Ignorance is not bliss.

    It wasn’t just “hurt” some of us are still disabled, years later from the PTSD. Some of us still cannot look people in the eye. Some of us are still terrified of authority. Some of us hear a Hillsong song and we quivver. Some of us are so afraid we don’t talk about it at all. We fear our words will not be heard and that we will be retaliated against if we do speak. Some of us still have panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares. Some would run the other way if we saw Mercy Ministries staff members. We live in a house built with brick and we don’t trust anyone to knock it down. Some of us never dated again, never got close to anyone, were never able to trust another therapist. I could keep going.

    It’s not common sense. It’s not rational. Think about it.

    Here’s some that are public. American Stories. But there are many, many, more of which I have heard or am shocked by daily.

    (Links on page)

    Had I not been abused and allowed myself to be open enough to hear stories of the young women who were abused, I would never be able to live with the guilt of supporting Mercy Ministries. But we all have our demons. You can chose yours. I’m not forcing you stop supporting them, it’s clearly your decision, this is just maybe a other side of the tracks story.

    And what I am asking you to is stop blaming the victims in this situation, like we are at fault and we did this to them. They did this to us. We aren’t out to get Mercy Ministries, we are out to tell our stories. We have that right.

    After Mercy Ministries Australia was shut down and all of their stories came out and it made headlines and the young women felt safe to come forward. 1/3 of all Mercy Ministries residents came forward with stories of abuse. 1/3, that is not okay. That is sad.”

    Anyway Hope you had a great weekend, Peace, Chelsea

    June 8, 2015 at 1:20 am

  9. Hi! I was just wondering whether you could tell me any more about the Mercy experience in the UK, specifically the house in Bradford. I know someone who is considering applying but I’m concerned about the cult like atmosphere that surrounds a lot of what I read about it, and the fact I can’t find any reviews on the internet aside from those on this page (and i don’t know whether they’re from the UK or not). Really want the information to make an informed decision. Thanks!

    August 26, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    • Colleen Elgy

      Hi Sanka

      As someone who knows Mercy Uk pretty well having visited there through mutual friends I will give you the following advice. I take it that you mean the house in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire.

      Don’t go there! They are lovely to start with but oh boy not for long.
      The regime is stringent and very, very controlling. They will say it is for your own good, but when does this control overlap into personal abuse?
      Yes they are obsessed with the Bible and give out a lot of God’s love to try to overcome the girl’s problems, but then again they indoctrinate them into believing that all their problems are because of the Devil and he is waiting behind every corner to trip you up. Why do they give the Devil such credence when God is almighty.

      The so called ‘facilitators’ there are not professional mental health employees and have no training whatsoever, in fact there are one or two facilitators who are past patients!! How can they be expected to help such extreme mental distress in girls. Ok, they will understand where you are coming from but to help cure you enough to go back out into the everyday world, I think not.

      You cannot leave the house without permission, the doors are locked at all times. You are not even allowed to go into the local village and shop (2 streets away), all outings are accompanied and supervised at all times. One day they will take all of you out shopping and on Sunday you are taken to Life Church in Bradford where you are indoctrinated some more.

      Even if you did get out of the house, they have now put on an electronically controlled gate so you have no chance.
      Personally I know a couple of girl’s who have been through the Mercy programme and they are still self harming and not coping with ‘real life’, indeed they are under NHS mental health facilities where they are at last receiving proper treatment for recovery.

      PLEASE DON’T GO.

      January 27, 2018 at 11:59 am

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