Mercy Ministries Peru, $309K and no cherry

6 Mar

Recently, I was reading about a couple of Mercy Ministries homes that were anticipated to open, but never eventuated.  In that process, I ended up uncovering quite a few.

The one that stood out to me the most was the anticipated Mercy Ministries Peru home, and you’re about to find out why.

Peru tipped to open in 2009 article

On 1 September 2009, Charisma magazine published an article called “An Angel of Mercy”[1] noting a number of Mercy Ministries’ anticipated future homes to be opened, both domestic (to the United States) and abroad. One of the homes noted in Mercy Ministries’ plans to expand was Peru.An Angel of Mercy - Charisma Mag article Mercy Ministries notes “Peru office” opened in 2006

The “History” page of Mercy Ministries Canada as at the date of this piece notes “Peru office opens” in year 2006[2], however the Mercy Ministries UK counterpart which echoes almost all other milestones is conspicuously silent on Peru[3].

Mercy Ministries Peru received a further mention in an article by The Examiner in October 2009[4], although it mistakenly notes Peru as having already opened.

Could the presumption that Mercy Ministries Peru being an existing affiliate have been a clumsy oversight on the part of the journalist?  Or could they have cleaned this idea from Mercy Ministries’ own material?

Mercy Ministries International

Before Mercy Ministries of America began disowning the international homes as “affiliates”, they promoted themselves as an international ministry and drew upon testimonies of graduates from these homes.

As early as March 2008, the Mercy Ministries International website  noted Peru as a Mercy Ministries location.

In one case, a “graduate from Peru” (who turned out to be a Peruvian woman who graduated from one of the Australian homes) featured on Mercy’s promotional videos.  (Just for trivia, the “graduate from New Zealand” was a New Zealander who graduated from the Sydney home in Australia).

The graduate from Peru

From what I understand on Mercy Ministries News blog and other websites, the parents of this graduate (Jenna) were pastors in Lima, Peru of a large church, and they were working with Mercy Ministries to start up the home in Peru.

 As it turns out, this Mercy Ministries Peru graduate’s parents happened to be the head pastors of “the largest church in Lima, Peru“.  In an article on the Mercy Ministries News website in late 2009[5], they are said to be founding the first Mercy Ministries Spanish-speaking home in Peru.

This same article also notes Jenna as a graduate of Mercy Ministries Australia.