Welcome to Mercy Survivors

 Welcome to the Mercy Survivors web site.

This web site serves as a contact point for the survivors of the Mercy Ministries program worldwide.

This site has an international focus.  We currently have members from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and are putting out the call to all countries where the Mercy Ministries “franchise” is operating.

In the coming weeks, you can expect: –

  • News about events relating to Mercy Ministries;
  • Testimonials form former residents and graduates of Mercy; and
  • A private members only forum where you can discuss, seek help and reach out to other women who have been through Mercy Ministries.

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5 Comments on “Welcome to Mercy Survivors

  1. crystal

    May 28, 2008 at 2:18

    I was wondering if the American version of Mercy Ministries uses the same techniques that I read about in the Sidney Morning Herald that is used in Australia? I wonder why Mark and Darlene Zschech left the organization and Gloria Jean’s Coffees have come in to run it?

  2. Sean the Blogonaut

    May 29, 2008 at 5:33

    I believe so Crystal. Gloria Jeans don’t run it per se but the former dircetor of gloria jeans was also a director of Mercy Ministries at the same time so there appears to be a conflict of interest.

    GJ’s has continued to stick by Mercy and I think this is down to the strong Pentecostal ties that exist between the two organisations.

    I have been in contact with an American lady who survived one of the programs in the states if you send me some questions I mat be able to pass it on to her

  3. crystal

    June 1, 2008 at 12:18

    Thanks. I wonder if they exorcize the demons from their girls like their Aussie counterparts do? I wonder if the American girls have to go through the invasion of privacy when staff members go to their doctor appointments with them? I wonder how can young women with so called problems of anerexia, cutting, and other problems get over their issues in 6 months of “treatment” from people who have no formal psychological training? Please address these questions to her. Thanks again.

  4. No Mercy

    February 6, 2011 at 4:18

    I love the new format on the Mercy Survivor’s webpage. Great Job!
    I had not seen Crystal’s post until today. Crystal. Yes, they most certainly do use the same forms of thought reform as the Aussie counterparts did. I went through Mercy’s program in the late 80s and have kept up with their growth for twenty something years. I had been reassured by Nancy Alcorn that their practices at Mercy had changed. She stated that Mercy was “Professional” now. I was told of the physicians, licensed counselors and nutritionist on site in their facilities.
    At the 25th year Gala, I was told by Nancy and a staff member that Mercy was “under attack by Satan”. They asked several of us to not watch any of the negative media on the internet because it would cause the search engine to bring them closer to the front when someone did a search for Mercy Ministries. Nancy stated that the Devil was trying to stop her from helping girls. I blindly followed her orders until I met a young lady in my town that had just returned from Mercy in St. Louis.
    This young lady was a mess and went into the hospital within a week of returning home. The things she told me sounded too familiar. I was flooded with emotions and became angry that I had been lied to about how they had changed, “We don’t take girls off of their medication and we have doctors, licensed counselors and nutritionist on site”. I withdrew my support and began researching them online. This is when I found the information about Australia’s homes.
    I had been in and out of psych hospitals and have remained in therapy since my experience in the late 80s, but was willing to forgive their early mistakes. Nancy and Mercy were off limits for criticism in therapy. I had learned that a Cult Awareness group was concerned about Mercy in Australia. I contacted them and was given a few references in the US. I gave this information to my therapist because she was now doing research on the use of Mind Control and cults. She had told me many times over the years that she felt I had been brainwashed, but that was an area that was off limits for discussion. I knew I had been brainwashed. Nancy told us that people would say that and that our brains needed to be washed. She quoted scripture about renewing our minds. I became more willing to work with my therapist on this area, but she felt that we needed assistance. That is when I got in touch with Steven Hassan. Steven Alan Hassan, cult counselor and mind control expert, is the Nationally Certified Counselor and licensed Mental Health Counselor. He has authored two books on the subject. His website is: http://www.freedomofmind.com. I truly thought I was crazy at this point. Because Steve Hassan did not have a facility and I needed to focus and figure out what I believed, I went to a place called Wellspring in Ohio. Their website is: http://wellspringretreat.org
    I learned a lot about cult mind control and now have no doubt that Mercy uses these techniques to manipulate and control their girls. It is important that you know, at this point, that a cult is not defined by its beliefs. It is defined by the use of mind control. A destructive group can develop within any group of people. It has been a challenge to rebuild what scriptures were used to reinforce phobias that were established by Mercy and what they really mean within the context of the Bible. For the first time in twenty something years, I feel free. I attend a church and Bible study now. I no longer fear that Nancy is going to find out something I’ve done that she would consider a sin. I am truly free.

    • MS Team

      February 6, 2011 at 11:29

      Hi M80 🙂

      Thanx for the feedback. We are still very much in the process of making changes. I do like the new lay out, it seems more clear and less busy. I personally am still getting my head around wordpress but am slowly getting the hang of it. I want to vamp up our resource page soon.

      MS Team

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