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.
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.
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.
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.
One mother and baby rescued at 3 days old near death, the other rescued from unthinkable abuse.
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.
Mercy House was started nearly 5 years ago by inadequate people who simply wanted to help girls.
That same desire still motivates everything we do today.
We often wonder what can we offer? What can we really do to help the most oppressed people group in the world?
Our offering often feels small, insignificant. But we give because we have received much.
Together, we can make difference.
This the heart behind Mercy House:
Pioneering a new work like Rehema House in Kenya is challenging. We've learned from trial and error, success and failure. We've commited the work of our hands to God and after four years, we're excited to announce our new Mother & Child Graduate Sponsorhip Program:
Christmas might not be celebrated exactly the same in other countries, but it is celebrated at Rehema House in Kenya.
The residents look forward to the big family meal complete with extra servings of meat and chipati all year long.
The Christmas story is read and gifts are shared.