In the brief time since Mercy House was founded, Terrell and Kristen Welch have worked tirelessly to establish a new model of care for women and children in Kenya who have been left out of the opportunities their society should provide. These are women who have been the victims of violence and trauma that most of us cannot even comprehend, and they are then left to face a lifetime of continued struggle to free themselves from the bonds of poverty.
We live in a size-obsessed culture that boasts just about everything bigger is better.
We can upsize our homes, plump up body parts, supersize our meals, and have it all.
But when we follow God, we serve an upside down Kingdom.
There are no small yeses. There are no insignificant acts of love towards others.
While it's often easy to give people in poverty what they need; it's empowering to help them meet their own needs. They don't need more charity. They need more opportunity.
The two homes in Kenya that we support are full of mothers, mothers-to-be, babies and toddlers. It's a wonderful kind of hard when we are at capacity. It means we are helping, but it also means there are others hurting.
In May, we finalized the cash purchase of this beautiful home, our second, just a couple of kilometers from our first. We are so grateful to God for providing this lovely home through the support of generous donors.
This new space allowed us to bring in 6 new girls a couple weeks later, ranging in age from 12-16 years old. Please meet a few of them:
Mercy House wouldn't exist without your yes.
There have been thousands of people who have said yes to God and helped create this house of mercy.
If you've wondered about how all this began, you can now read the entire story here, by founder Kristen Welch:
In the Fall of 2013, we brought in family members of each of our residents for small business training. Recently, our Program Manager and Director visited to check on the progress of the businesses and on the welfare of each family.
It's no secret we love mothers.
And we have a beautiful way to celebrate mothers all over the globe this year for Mother's Day.
Do you know who the most oppressed group of people are in the world?
All around the world, girls long to receive an education, to live without the absolute terror of violent sexual crimes committed against them at home, in their neighborhoods, as they walk to school. The cycle of poverty and violence and the unbelievable injustice in our world runs deep and we cannot ignore it.
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I love a good love story. I'm a sucker for a hero and damsel in distress.