Why Mercy Ministries?

I’ve written almost exclusively about Master’s Commission and Our Savior’s Church here at My Cult Life for almost two years. I rarely mention other groups, with the exception of Teen Mania Ministries, because the amount of abusive groups out there is vast.

Awhile ago, I came into contact with a Mercy Ministries insider. I’ll call her Anne. Anne and I became friends and she shared her Mercy Ministries experience with me. Little did I know, that I would find a kindred spirit in Anne and eventually feel compelled to help her get help with her story.

I’m a writer and I’m an experienced researcher. It didn’t take long to channel my experience as a whistleblower to help Anne on her story. Several weeks after she and I spoke, I found another Mercy Ministries insider who was from Australia (before Mercy’s big scandal, shut-down and legal action taken against them). Weeks after my first article came out about Mercy, a father of a Mercy Ministries girl sent me an email. This father ended up connecting me with a handful of other survivors who wanted to tell their stories.

Now the list of Mercy Ministries survivors is growing larger.

The girls’ personal stories are heart-breaking and awful.

I can’t disclose some of the stories yet, because I’m working on a larger project involving them but I’ve asked some of the girls to share their stories and experiences. They’ve also graciously allowed me to re-post some of their blog posts and personal stories that have been published on the web before.

I share their stories here and welcome the Mercy Ministries Survivors. Please make them feel at home and let’s help them get the justice they deserve.

Thank You for Your Survey Answers (Cult & Destructive Ministries Survey)

I recently started working on a story about one girl in particular who reached out to me. She wanted to do a story about her group with some type of media coverage with similar intentions as I had when first starting this blog. I wanted people to know sort of the unscripted version, the unpretty side of my group. What went on behind the scenes and why no one talked about it. She had valid reasons in sharing her story, so we settled on doing a story for my blog as a starting point with discussion about how to reach out to larger media organizations with the story. Stories like these take a lot of research and fact checking on my end because abusive groups are great at covering up their abuse and attempt to discredit the victims in any way they can. Careful research and analysis is required in these stories.

Earlier in the week, I shared a Cult & Destructive Ministries survey with you all. I’m so excited about this. I’ll tell you why.

I’ve been getting emails from people over the past year and a half (since I started blogging) about their group and some of their stories. Some of you have amazing stories and they have been very heartbreaking and gut wrenching. To be quite honest, I went to hide after reading some of them. I cried. But I wasn’t sure if I could do anything to help. Each case is unique and each person is seeking something different by their email to me. Some, it seems, desire professional guidance to help them navigate through the tough road they have ahead. I am not a professional therapist and I have not found a professional I feel is qualified to help (who has the time). I do not endorse Christian therapists in aiding the recovery of cult survivors. Yet, not every secular therapist is a good fit for someone else. So, I’ve been at a loss on how to help the growing problem I see within my Inbox.

The gears have started turning this week, though, and I think I’m onto something that may begin to help.

I recently started working on a story about one girl in particular who reached out to me. She wanted to do a story about her group with some type of media coverage with similar intentions as I had when first starting this blog. I wanted people to know sort of the unscripted version, the unpretty side of my group. What went on behind the scenes and why no one talked about it. She had valid reasons in sharing her story, so we settled on doing a story for my blog as a starting point with discussion about how to reach out to larger media organizations with the story. I have some points of contact that I’m interested in sharing the story with but stories like these take a lot of research and fact checking on my end because abusive groups are great at covering up their abuse and attempt to discredit the victims in any way they can. Careful research and analysis is required in these stories.

After working with this girl, I then started thinking about all of you and I’m hoping with the responses I’ve received to the survey above, I can work on more stories that will shed the light on particularly abusive groups and spiritual leaders. My focus is on educating people about these groups and their traits and encouraging them to look for certain signs of abuse. Whether a group is a cult or not isn’t exactly my focus. My focus is on the psychological and physical trauma that people are living with, as a result of being oppressed by certain ideologies.

I hope to be in contact with some of you over the next few months to get quotes and some more avenues for research. For now, the information in the surveys will serve as a guide for research into these groups and a starting point for me. As I told my new friend, the girl I’m interviewing at the moment, I love to research. It’s my hobby. I’m excited about the GOOD that will come of it. 🙂

I love you all,

Lisa