A letter to the editor of “Christian Today”

On 1 July 2013, Christian Today published an article by Anita Bruce-Mills allowing Hannah Thompson, a Mercy Ministries “support worker”, to promote the inherent worth of young women.

This is an open letter sent to them on behalf of many in the Mercy Survivors network – both former residents and affected families.

If you would like to join us in writing to them, click here.

9 July 2013

Valuing young women by promoting an abusive ministry

Dear Editor,

This is an open letter regarding the article “No matter what you have done, you are precious in the sight of God” by Anita Bruce-Mills, published 1 July 2013.  This letter is published on the Mercy Survivors website, mercysurvivors.com.

I find it ironic and socially irresponsible that you would publish an article allowing a representative of Mercy Ministries, of all organisations, to promote the inherent value of young women, when this organisation is in fact responsible for reprehensible abuses and unethical (mis)treatment which devalues the young women in their care.

There are dozens of media articles published over many years exposing Mercy Ministries as an abusive, cult-like organisation.  These articles have been published in EVERY country in which Mercy Ministries operates.  Was it that you were remarkably unaware of this, or was it that you chose to overlook the truth?

No matter the Mercy-speak or the scriptures their representatives spout, the fruit of Mercy Ministries does not match their words.  If you are doubtful of this, then perhaps you would like to be put in touch with the dozens of young women and shattered families in the Mercy Survivors network who can testify to the facts.

When will a reputable Christian publication take a stand against this corrupt ministry?  As a well-respected Christian sources of news, I expected more.

Kind regards,

Mercy Survivors

Written By Mercy Survivors

Support for survivors of Mercy Ministries

2 Comments on “A letter to the editor of “Christian Today”

  1. anon

    July 16, 2013 at 3:49

    Can you point me in the direction of a uk ‘survivor’ please (aside from shona who’s article had many inaccuracies about the programme and im not convinced is not made up from studying others stories) I dont question your experiences but I also know the uk home is run very differently from the others (if only because there are very strict rules about what you can do in such settings in the uk).

    • Mercy Survivors

      August 21, 2013 at 11:10

      Hi there.

      Thanks for commenting.

      I do not know of other UK survivors who have spoken out about the UK home, but if you are a former resident of this home or you know someone who is, I would be interested to hear from them, whatever they have to say. I have little information about this home specifically, so any information on it would be helpful.

      I hope that what you are saying is true, for the sake of the UK home and its residents, but ultimately they are “accountable” to Nancy Alcorn and Mercy Ministries of America. They were all under the umbrella of an entity called “Mercy Ministries International” at one point, but that may have been either abolished or been made somehow redundant.

      The UK is a little more regulated in terms of what they can call counsellors and counselling, which is why they opted for the titles of “facilitators” a while ago. Which does tell me that their counsellors are not legally able to be called counsellors under UK regulations. This really says something to me, and may mean that the UK also have unqualified counselling staff. But at least they are forced to not call their staff counsellors.


      MS Team (Sarah)

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