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July 7th, 2015

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this summer, the Mercy House warehouse is busting at the seams with volunteers.

It's pretty amazing.

Moms and grandmas, single women and kids fill the room and they work.

June 10th, 2015

It seems crazy that something so small can make a difference.

But that's the principle Mercy House thrives on--the tiny gift, the little sacrifice, the small army of faithful monthly donors, sponsors and Club members who make this work around the world possible.

Our fair trade work not only provides skills, jobs and future income for the graduates of Rehema House, it provides it around the globe.

Can something as small as a pair of earrings really make a difference?

May 18th, 2015

We've spent the last 5 years describing and sharing in detail what happens in Kenya at Rehema House.

It's been hard and amazing.

It's been miraculous.

But that's really only one side of the story. For years, there has been a not-so-small army of donors and volunteers who have given over a million dollars-to-date and served thousands of hours. 

These are the names you wouldn't know and the faces you wouldn't recognize. These are the quiet heroes of this beautiful work.

April 19th, 2015

They say what goes around comes around. And we've been praying it would be true at Mercy House.  It's one thing to rescue a young girl like Pauline from an abusive and tragic background and help her safely deliver baby Melvin after she unsuccessfully tried to abort him out of desperation. It's a whole different story for her to complete the program and be reintegrated back home to a safe and loving environment and be able to provide for her child.

April 15th, 2015

The room is filled with thirteen and fourteen and several sixteen year old girls. Little girls who should be playing dolls instead of mother.

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April 13th, 2015

 She sat next to me and we munched on Kenyan samosas. Every once in awhile she would peek over her cup and smile when our eyes met. Monica's look was expectant and she fidgeted nervous next to me. I could tell she wanted, no needed, to say something. She leaned over and whispered, "Please, may I say something to you." I set down my cup and turned to her and said, "Yes." Our day at Rehema (Mercy) House had been so full already. We met new faces, rubbed some growing bellies, and listened to baby giggles.

March 25th, 2015

When there are empty beds at Rehema House, it isn't hard to fill them. 

The epedmic of abused and abandoned pregnant teen girls is heartbreaking. Their stories are shocking and their suffering heartbreaking.

Rape, neglect, exploitation, disease--we've seen in all at Rehema House in Kenya.

But God.

February 24th, 2015

Their mothers were young and innocent.

They were conceived under brutal circumstances.

The didn't get prenatal care.

They didn't have a chance of survival.

They shouldn't have been born alive.

But they were.

Miraculously.

One mother and baby rescued at 3 days old near death, the other rescued from unthinkable abuse.

February 11th, 2015

Imagine you were born in a slum in Kenya.

You grow up stepping over the sewage running next to your house. Your home used to have a cardboard roof, but your dad was able to get a job as a day laborer and now it's a sheet of metal.DSC_6901

You still dread the rain because water leaks on your head.

January 19th, 2015

One of our goals for 2015 is to develop deeper partnerships with our Fair Trade Friday artisans as a way to support and encourage hands and feet on the ground. The Refugee Project began as an extension of Mercy House in 2014 and has become its own organization. If you're a Fair Trade Friday member, you've enjoyed the beautiful crocheted items by refugees from Nepal, Burma and Bhutan.

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