Next time you stop off for a latte at your local coffee chain, you might want to think about where your money’s ending up:
A SECRETIVE ministry with direct links to Gloria Jean’s Coffees and the Hillsong Church has been deceiving troubled young women into signing over months of their lives to a program that offers scant medical or psychiatric care, instead using Bible studies and exorcisms to treat mental illness. (The Age)
According to The Age, ‘Mercy Ministries’ preys on women struggling with mental illness, pocketing their welfare payments and preventing them from accessing medical care.
The whole dodgy operation is funded, it seems, by Gloria Jean’s coffee shops. The GJ website lists the corporation’s values as follows:
At Gloria Jean’s Coffees, our values are simple:
- We demonstrate a commitment to excellence and innovation in everything we do
- Our partnerships are based on integrity and trust
- We believe in people, building and changing lives
- We foster a culture of joy and passion throughout our company.
No mention of brainwashing, medieval exorcisms, stealing people’s welfare payments or withholding medical treatment, but I guess you can’t say everything in your mission statement.