Angel of Mercy – Pam Winters
Pam Winters, Double Diamond.
About 15 years ago, Double Diamond Pam Winters came across an article about Mercy Ministries* in a magazine she was reading. “I was so touched when I learned what they were doing to help young girls; I thought, ‘This is something I need to get involved in.’”
Did she ever. In the past 10 years, Pam and her husband Larry’s Approved Provider organization and LTD IBOs who affiliate with the Approved Provider have donated more than $6.2 million to support Mercy Ministries. The Mercy Ministries home in St. Louis has dedicated a dining room to the Winters family and the LTD team in honor of their support.
Upping the ante
“I wanted to do something personally for Mercy, so I decided to participate in the New York City Marathon and raise funds by having people sponsor me with pledges.” She had never been in a marathon before, but has always loved a good challenge. “I heard it was the hardest and the best, and I love New York – Tara, our daughter, lives there – so I thought I’d start with that one!” she laughs.
“I didn’t run, I speedwalked it,” she adds. “It took me six hours, but I finished!” And she raised $5,000 for Mercy Ministries. “That made me feel really good,” she states.
She also learned a lot about herself in the process. “I know now that I can do a lot more than I ever thought I could. The support from my friends and family and all our IBOs was really amazing. It gave me strength. When I’d get weary, I’d just think about all of them telling me, ‘You can do it!’
“We feel so blessed to be able to help these girls,” she continues. “We’ve always considered our business to be a type of ministry because we give hope to people all over the world for a better future.”
Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries, says, “Pam has fully embraced the heart and vision of our mission. Her influence, generosity, and commitment have had a profound effect on helping thousands of girls find hope and healing. She is a leader, mother, mentor, and friend whose life has truly impacted eternity.”
Pam says doing projects with Mercy Ministries with her daughter has created a special bond. “It has given us something in common as a mom and daughter that we both enjoy and feel good about,” she says.
*Since 1983, Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge, voluntary Christian residential program has served a diverse population of young women from various socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking as well as those who face life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression, and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy Ministries of America has residential homes in Monroe, LA; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; and near Sacramento, CA. For more information on Mercy Ministries and