Nancy Alcorn is a phenomenal woman. She is the founder of Mercy Ministries. Her message has been imprinted on my heart forever. Anyone who has worked with young women especially from impoverished backgrounds has worked with many of the “daughters” she describes. I could identify with Nancy’s struggle with trying to help these young girls who are hurting but being limited by church and state rules. Many of the hurts the girls feel are major scars inflicted from abuse experienced at young ages. Fast forward to the preteen and teens and you have the byproduct of that abuse: angry, young women who do not trust. They are mad, they don’t smile, they’re curious as to why you want to help them, they are amazed you would spend your free time doing something for them and not want anything back, and in/out of juvenile or adult correction facilities.
I love children and especially teenage girls. Nancy’s message is one that everyone should hear, but especially those that work with young girls. Nancy has no birth children, but she has many “daughters” that God has entrusted her to raise up. I will share a brief story about one of Nancy’s daughters. Nancy spent 5 years working in a women’s juvenile correction facility. She could see so much potential in these girls and could not believe the world counted these girls out of ever being productive. God placed upon her heart one girl, one “daughter”. Over the course of her daughter’s stay, she had the opportunity to share God. Her daughter had experienced horrific abuse and developed gender identity issues. Upon her daughter’s release from the facility, Nancy prayed with her and instructed her to find a church within her community so that she could be among other believers and truly accept Christ (spiritual baptism). Nancy told her that she would be accepted. The girl was hesitant about this and didn’t believe she would be accepted but she followed Nancy’s instructions.
Many months later, Nancy received a phone call from her daughter’s birth mother. Her daughter had shot herself in the head and left a gut wrenching note. She wrote that she went to the local church as she was instructed and she was not accepted. She was laughed at and judged by her appearance. So this daughter, went home feeling rejected by the church body who Nancy declared would accept her. This daughter ended it all before she could experience the joy God had planned for her. Nancy’s beautiful daughter was heavy with judgment and shame. She only wanted to be accepted and loved. There was an opportunity within the church body to love her, but it was squandered. She ended her life after she was rejected and judged by “believers”. The TRUTH is that all of God’s believers are sons/daughters of God. We are coheir’s with Christ (Romans 8:17). The TRUTH is we believers sit at the right hand of God with Christ in the heavenlies above the principalities of this world (Ephesians 2:6). The moment we accept Christ, we are given the authority over our homes and families and friends. WE ARE ABOVE the principalities of this world and devil.
The Lord says to live by faith not by sight, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto our own understanding, and anything not done in faith is sin. God is challenging us to LOVE! Nancy said it and a great pal of mine says it “Love on ‘em”. We are comfortable with our close group of Christian friends but meeting/talking with random strangers feels super awkward. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we would jump outside of our boxes, step away from our shyness, step away from the mental fear, and jump into the ocean of God. Interrupt that person dashing for the exit door or texting. Talk to that person of a different age, style of dress, background, etc. Introduce yourself and let God lead you. Satan wants us to be standoffish and make assumptions. He wants us to be complacent and do nothing. Reject his LIES and accept the TRUTH…Love. James 2:2-9 describes well what God’s feels about judgment or favoritism.
Lord, let your words be a Blessing to the readers of your Word and this message. Speak to us as your Spirit wills, so that we may bear eternal fruit for your kingdom. Amen