Our stories: Sarah Mac

The following video was created by Mercy Survivor “Sarah Mac”.  In this presentation, she shares of the abuse and medical negligence she experienced at the hands of Mercy Ministries, and her journey of finding hope after her time at Mercy Ministries.

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Support for survivors of Mercy Ministries

2 Comments on “Our stories: Sarah Mac

  1. wasabidancer

    August 14, 2013 at 3:08

    I can’t believe you have a whole websire dedicated to slamming Mercy Ministries, you overlook all the girls and women they have helped and set free, I know of so many. It is sad that the house in Sydney had to close. Because of the few individuals that may have hurt you doesn’t give you the right to blame the whole ministry.

    • Mercy Survivors

      August 21, 2013 at 8:40

      Hi Wasabi Dancer.

      A common misconception, often propagated by Nancy Alcorn herself and Mercy Ministries elsewhere, is that the abuse and corruption began and ended with the Australian homes. This is vastly untrue. The majority of survivors who currently make up our network are from the US homes, and their stories are strikingly similar to the Australian stories, and in some cases, even more extreme.

      The most consistent themes in the US seem to be grossly unqualified or underqualified staff, nothing that resembles professional counselling (their counselling is what other Christians would call prayer ministry, which has it’s place, but should not be mistaken for professional psychological counselling from a qualified individual). There are also serious issues with regard to the culture in the homes and particularly the culture among staff, which impacts the most on the residents who are the most vulnerable and at the whim of these dynamics. These dynamics are those of misuse and abuse of power, and lack of accountability. To speak for myself, it has taken me years of skepticism to come to this conclusion that Mercy Ministries is a case of a very sick tree, not merely a few bad apples. I have not come to that conclusion lightly, and as you could imagine, i have been in contact with many young women, their families, and even staff, over the years I have managed this network.

      For those who believe they have been helped by Mercy Ministries, well I am truly happy for them (and I am not saying that sarcastically). I am glad that they did not experience the harm that many others have experienced, and I hope they have gone on to live fulfilling and happy lives.

      I think it’s sad that so many girls (and even some staff) have attempted written and verbal dialogue with Nancy Alcorn about these issues to make her aware and attempting to have these issues addressed. However, these things continue to happen. No responsibility is taken for the harm that this ministry does do, all that happens is that girls who critique this organisation are demonised as “bitter”, “attention seeking” etc. Even if that were true in one or two cases, to label 50 or more girls as that is a far fetched conspiracy theory. A godly response to critique is to be transparent and honest, to consider it with an open mind and heart, and attempt to address what is causing harm to their clients.

      We are just people, just like you, we don’t have horns on our heads. Wrong has been done, and we are bringing the truth into the light. As I said, some of us have tried with discretion to bring correction and critique, but this has not worked. We are a network that primarily serves the purpose of mutual support, but a number of us also share our stories on this website and other blogs. I encourage you to continue reading our stories and to have an open mind. Might I suggest a few survivor blogs:

      imatumblin.tumblr.com
      sarahscollage.blogspot.com
      gracetolight.blogspot.com

      Here are a collection of first hand accounts:

      thetruthaboutmercy.wordpress.com

      Thanks for your comment and opening dialogue with us. I hope to continue our conversation, on this website, Facebook, or by email.

      Peace

      Mercy Survivors

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