Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment by Nancy Alcorn I founded Mercy Ministries in 1983, I had a deep burden for helping young women, including those facing an unplanned pregnancy. I still do!

I remember our first-ever pregnant resident at Mercy had a truly heartbreaking story. She was just 13 years old, and pregnant with the baby of her mother’s 37-year-old boyfriend. To most people, abortion in her situation would have been acceptable. But she had the guts to choose life for her child, no matter what it cost her personally… and it cost her a lot.

Let’s face it – every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy needs incredible support! For girls who decide to parent, their needs feel unending. As Christians, we’ve got to be a lifeline for these girls!

When a young woman becomes pregnant, how does the church respond? Is there judgment, or is there mercy? Does she feel safe reaching out for emotional and spiritual help? Can she get help for the practical needs that can be overwhelming?

Practical support for a young mom is crucial! I know some churches understand this, and do a great job providing essentials like diapers, car seats and clothes. But many single moms don’t receive this kind of help. Sometimes they’re embarrassed to voice their needs, or they’re in survival mode with their own needs buried under so many responsibilities. Without people in the church caring enough to ask how they can help, single moms can slip right off the radar – and eventually, right out of the pews!

At Mercy, we know that in order for the courageous girls in our program to be great moms, they need practical, emotional and spiritual help. Getting healing from the wounds of their past is critical for their future, and we help them do that through biblically-based counseling, a focus on forgiveness and helping them find their true identity in Christ. Girls at Mercy also receive life-skills training in areas like budgeting, parenting and meal preparation.

What about the young women in your congregation who have chosen life for their babies but who desperately need discipleship, mentoring and help with practical, everyday things? Maybe they’re too afraid or too stressed to ask for it themselves. I encourage you to ask God to highlight the single moms around you who you can come alongside to help strengthen. They need us!!

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James 2:13 tells us clearly, “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” Do you know someone in this situation who needs mercy from you today to triumph over the judgment and scorn she has felt from others? I encourage you to reach out in faith, knowing that your kindness and service will impact her ability to see herself as Christ sees her… beloved. Your help will make a huge difference in her life, her child’s life, and future generations!

Nancy Alcorn is the Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, a free residential counseling program for girls ages 13-28 facing life-controlling issues such as addiction, unplanned pregnancy, sexual abuse, eating disorders and self-harm. Nancy started Mercy Ministries in 1983 after spending eight years working for the state of Tennessee at a correctional facility for juvenile delinquent girls and investigating child abuse cases. Thousands of graduates have had their lives transformed and their hope restored through Mercy’s program. Nancy has also authored several books, including Mission of Mercy, which releases in May 2013. For more information, go to


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2018-06-12T16:06:37+00:00April 23rd, 2013|Help For Single Moms, Nancy Alcorn|4 Comments


  1. Stephanie Grey April 23, 2013 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Great information and I hope to start a singles ministry one day soon. So many need support, my mom was abandoned by her husband left with seven kids, she got ssupport family, church and community. Taught for 50 years and blessed many lives. You are awesome!

  2. Lynnette July 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I’m a middle aged single mom who works hard & keeps to a budget. I normally have 2-3 jobs. I’m still trying to find a summer job to supplement my home based business. I’m also trying to sell my deceased father’s paintings. I try NOT to ask my church for help (with utilities) more than once a year. I’m a substitute teacher during the school year. Last August or Sept. when I asked for help the response from the pastor in charge was,”I hope you get your act together soon.” I was shocked & hurt. He knew my daughter’s father had been taking me to court that year & it was a very hard time. I have forgiven him. Please pray that I can sell some of my father’s paintings & that I get hired by a temp. service soon. Thank you.
    I pray that one day I’m in a position to help good charities like yours.
    Sincerely, Lynnette

  3. Patti Johnson July 4, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Thank you for this post. I to was a single mother who felt very much alone with minimal support or help after having my daughter at age 16. I had to quit school and never owned a care or had my drivers license until I was 22 yrs old. It was a hard road to travel but I am thankful for what God did in my life through it. I thank the Lord that I never had an abortion because I was never been able to have a child since. I had the joy of having a baby and loving and living for something much bigger than just myself. She was my life. Once I was able to get on my feet and made enough money I have given monitarily to organizations like yours. From there God gave me dreams of speaking to single mothers telling them what God did for me as a single mother. I eventually starting volunteering at the Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Later on, I had a dream that my church purchased a home and single mothers and their babies came there for healing and help. I was so excited to share this with my pastor but he never moved on it. I later determined that the dream I was sharing with my pastor to do was really a dream for me to do. It took me 10 yrs to get moving on my dream because I never knew what to do or when I should start. Since this time, God has spoken to me and I am now finally stepping out to start a home for single mothers called Shining Light Homes. Yes, it will be one home at first, but God has already told me there will be many homes which is why the hame is of ministry is called Shining Light Homes instead of Shining Light House. We are incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Va and we hope to have our 501c3 status with the IRS soon. I pray that God will bring single mothers to this mini

    Patti Johnson, President
    Shinng Light Homes

  4. Cidalia July 13, 2013 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Amazing! I love what you are doing. I don’t think many people who have not experinced raising a child on their own realize what a challenge it is. The difference between having a support network and not having one is night and day. I am a single mom and I have experienced both.

    Life is much better with support not only for the children but also for the single mom. I just found your website. Been praying for resources and got my answer. Keep up the good work. Many moms will be blessed with what you are doing, rebuilding lives and giving back hope.



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