The Welch Family
"We are just a simple family who said yes when God asked." Terrell and Kristen have been married for 21 years and are raising three children. Kristen writes the parenting blog, We are THAT family.
In March of 2010, she traveled to Kenya, Africa, with Compassion International, the world's largest child sponsorship program, to blog their relief efforts in the slums of Nairobi. She was especially burdened visiting Mathare Valley, one of Africa's largest slums. Just days after returning home, Kristen read a heartbreaking article by CNN about the large number of backstreet abortions by girls forced into prostitution to feed their families.
While in Kenya, Kristen met Maureen, one of Compassion's leadership graduates, a former sponsored child. Maureen is single, 27 years old and speaks 5 languages. She traveled to the Unites States in the summer of 2010 on behalf of Compassion International to speak to thousands of students at Student Life Camps. Her moving life story led to the sponsorship of more than a thousand impoverished children.
She has since become a very dear "daughter" of the Welch family. Just weeks after returning from Africa, Kristen emailed Maureen and asked if she knew of any ministries reaching out or offering an alternative to the young girls having backstreet abortions. She didn't know of any.
Maureen partnered with Terrell and Kristen to pray specifically about these precious girls. Four months later, God spoke to Maureen's heart and birthed a vision to help these girls. When Maureen emailed Kristen with this news, both knew that God was beginning a good work. The Welch family lives in America and mobilize people to give with the help of supportive friends, family and blog readers. Maureen is in Kenya with the language, education, leadership skills and the heart to be the hands of feet of Jesus.
In the summer of 2010, The Mercy Maternity House was formed to support the work Maureen does. Maureen is the full-time as the Executive Director of Rehema House (word for mercy in Swahili) in Kenya. While she works in Africa, The Welch family raises money and awareness while supporting Maureen and her staff.
You can read the entire journey in Kristen's new book: Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly Safe Faith is No Longer Enough
If you'd like to hear Maureen's powerful testimony of how she was rescued from poverty, please click here.
To see how Mercy House got started, watch this short documentary created by Dayspring.