- July 19th, 2011
In July, our girls spent hours and hours learning how to turn recycled items like magazines and newspapers into jewelry, art and home decor. They are avid learners and very hard workers, producing some beautiful products!
We are hoping to not only offer the products here on the site, but also in local coffee shops, boutiques and fair trade market places all over the U.S. Once we have a steady flow of products, we plan on asking YOU to host home parties to help us sell the lovely items locally and spread the word about Mercy House!
Mercy House will buy each item from Rehema House at retail price (since we are a not-for-profit organization). 25% of every item sold will go into an account for the girl's future (to start their own business, attend college, etc) and the remaining 75% will be used for monthly expenses as a part of developing the home's sustainability. We are hoping the continued monthly giving from generous donors will offset the deficit of expenses as well as help buy land and eventually build a permanent home in the years to come.
So, get ready: The store will open soon!
- July 19th, 2011
Every morning for an hour, our staff and residents have a wonderful time of singing, dancing and devotion. The staff take turns teaching from short passages of Scripture and then everyone shares what they've learned. It's a beautiful time. Every evening is ended with more worship and prayer.
- June 21st, 2011
Our Sustainable Skills Program includes teaching our residents skills for living and for working.
The girls help the staff with meals and cleaning, learning side-by-side. It our desire for the home to operate much like a family.
- June 16th, 2011
The maternity house is now a home to two beautiful pregnant girls, with a third girl being interviewed today. (Updated: our third girl, is moving in today!)
Every hour of work, difficult moment, unimaginable stress, overwhelming challenge became worth it as Annette, our Housemother taught the girls how to turn on lights, use the shower, live in a home with stable walls.
[Housemother explaining the shower]
The girls are so pleased with a safe, clean place to live that also happens to be beautiful. For the first time, they have a bed of their own, with a real mattress and clean linens. There are clothes in a closet and healthy meals.
They are being tenderly loved on by Maureen and her staff. As Maureen took them around and showed them all the preparations and discussed the Resident's Manual with them, she would say over and over, "All of this, everything you see and experience in this home is because Jesus loves you."
The girls are quiet, overwhelmed by their new life, but adjusting with smiles on their faces.
Maureen has taken them to the private hospital, ultrasounds and blood tests have been conducted, follow-up appointments are set.
The Mercy House is no longer a dream. The reality of rescuing girls who have been raped, girls who have suffered abuse, girls planning illegal abortions has come to pass.
And none of this would exist without your support! Thank you for your continual prayers and financial support!
- June 5th, 2011
Dirt walls, with gaping holes are common in the slum. This is the home of one of the pregnant girls that was interviewed this week to become a resident of *Rehema House. [We are trying to obtain parental consent].
The staff spent the entire week visiting different slums within Nairobi, sharing the vision of the maternity home with churches, schools and clinics within the slum.
Several girls were referred and home visits conducted. Wary neighbors and families, listened as the staff explained and asked questions. Choosing the most at-risk girls is not an easy task.
This isn't a cut and dry ministry. So many terrible stories of abuse and rape and desperation and bad decisions...tense family circumstances...
Please pray that God will lead us to the girls that are waiting and praying for help. Pray for wisdom and discernment as the staff and board make decisions in the next few weeks and months.
*Swahili word for mercy
- May 24th, 2011
Maureen began orientation today for the staff. She sent an amazing report. We are so thankful that our friend, Susan (Sponsor Tours/Visits Leader for Kenya's Compassion International) came to speak to the staff on commitment.
I love this from Maureen's notes: "We should keep up and never give up, failure is caused by people quitting and total commitment causes a lot of success and prosperity. Our reward may come just when we want to quit."
They will be busy the rest of the week learning about the vision of the maternity home and going through the Resident's Manual. Each day we are one step closer to welcoming girls!
(pictured from left to right: Jotham (day security guard), Gloria (social worker), Annette (housemother) and Susan (from Compassion).
Please continue to pray!
- May 2nd, 2011
We have revised our last collection drive and are accepting the following items. They must be received before June 1st to be taken over on the next trip.
-craft glue sticks
-rolls of twine (hemp)
-rubber stamps, ink pads (inspirational sayings would be awesome)
-scrapbook paper (cardstock and decorative)
-maternity clothes, women's clothes, shoes (all sizes)
-baby bottles (used is fine)
The Mercy House
8000 Research Forest Dr Ste. 115-110
Spring, TX 77382
- April 27th, 2011
After months and months of prayers and planning, 8 applicants were interviewed for the Housemother role and Social Worker, both full time jobs.
The Social Worker will oversee (under the direction of Maureen, the Exec. Director) the maternity home programs (Sustainable Skills, Education, Counseling, Outreach, Graduate program, etc). She will also play a crucial role with the help of the Board of Directors in determining which girls in need are admitted in the program.
We are so happy to announce that Gloria, a Compassion International Leadership Development Graduate, and new college graduate will be in this role. She is single, comes from one of Nairobi's slums, rescued from poverty and now lending a hand to her family. She has recently been a school teacher, but made very little money. She will double her modest salary working at the maternity home. We are so happy to have her. (picture coming soon)
The Housemother is a vital role in the maternity home. She is the only other employee (besides Maureen) who will reside in the staff quarters. She is responsible for overlooking the day-to-day activities, helping to manage the family atmosphere and encouraging the girls in their duties (there will be household chores, each taking responsibility and learning how to cook, clean, etc).
We are very blessed because our new Housemother, Annette, comes with midwifery experience. While we will have a part-time nurse on staff, this is great skill to have if a girl goes into labor at night or they can't get to the hospital for some reason. Annette, is a single mother and desperately needed this job to provide for her family, who lives with her sister. We are honored to have her on board! (picture coming soon)
Two full time guards are also on staff (uniforms coming soon!) These young men, Hosea and Jotham, have already been a huge blessing! The home is guarded day and night and they also take care of the beautiful grounds. These young men travel quite a distance to serve the home and just recently were able to move into a closer dwelling. They support their families and are such an important part of the maternity home.
With five full time employees and a few part time roles to fill (nurse, accountant), the maternity home is getting ready to help pregnant girls and show them Christ's mercy. It is our desire to also show the staff love and mercy and to create a very positive, good work environment.
Work and orientation begin on May 9, 2011. Please pray that God will protect these employees and provide for them and that He will continue to
- April 15th, 2011
Nothing is easy in Africa. Shopping is challenging. Transportation and delivery difficult. Bargaining and budgeting is stressful.
The huge house was cleaned, on hands and knees:
Prisca (young lady assisting Maureen):
Maureen spent 12+ hours each day, walking from store to store, comparing prices, frustrated that high fuel costs increased her quotes. Fabric for curtains to offer privacy over the large window were ordered, couches were handmade (much cheaper than buying pre-made).
7 Custom beds with attached cribs were built (plus 3 without cribs):
A closer look at the ingenious space-saving cribs (bedding has been bought):
Along with beds for staff:
The kitchen is being filled with pots and pans and items to serve:
One of the six large rooms will serve as an office for the full time staff:
A house of mercy is being built.....
Staff interviews are next on the agenda. Please pray that God will guide.