Evangelist Alveda King, director of Civil Rights for the Unborn for Priests for Life, spoke on Nov. 7 to residents of Mercy Multiplied, a Christian residential program in Nashville for girls and young women struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, unplanned pregnancy, depression and anxiety.
Mercy Multiplied is a donor-funded 501(c)3 that accepts no government funding and is offered at no cost to women accepted into the program. In addition to the Nashville facility, there are homes in Louisiana, California and Missouri, with another planned in Florida.
The ministry was founded by Nancy Alcorn in 1983 and has since graduated thousands of women after stays that average from six to nine months. After working for eight years at a correctional facility for girls in Tennessee, Ms. Alcorn was named Director of Women for Nashville Teen Challenge. Through her combined experience, she became convinced that only Jesus could help girls and young women break free from the problems holding them back.
Pregnant residents attend weekly decision-making classes to help them determine if the best course of action is to parent their child or to make an adoption plan.
“Mercy Multiplied is one fire with recovery for women in crisis,” Alveda said. “Lives are being restored, babies are being born. There is hope for brighter days.”
Residents who heard Alveda’s talk were struck by her embrace of God’s love and mercy.
“I really liked how she said, ‘humans make mistakes; God doesn’t make mistakes,’” one resident said. “She seemed so confident in the healing and freedom God has given her.”
“The message was so amazing for me,” said another. “To see a woman so full of Jesus, forgiveness and love despite what has happened to her and her family, or even the choices she made in her life was exactly what I needed to encourage me to press into Jesus.”
Read comments from the residents about Alveda's presentation.