- May 20th, 2012
Babies! That's the word du jour at The Mercy House, and we are thrilled to introduce you to the two newest members of The Mercy House family.
Please meet the new babies, Rehema and Maureen:
Last Thursday, Violet and Elizabeth, both nearly two weeks overdue, were admitted to the hospital for c-sections. Maureen was with them, and the girls prepared for surgery with these prayer cards, donated by Worthy of the Prize.
Before long, it was time for the girls to head into surgery, and they were escorted back by the amazing medical team:
Violet was first up, and she was wonderful. She delivered a beautiful and healthy 5.2 pound baby girl.
Bringing the tally up to three girls and four boys, Violet named her precious daughter Maureen, after our incredible director.
Not long after Violet and Maureen came out of surgery, Elizabeth headed into the operating room for her c-section. She was nearly two weeks overdue, and the doctor's were concerned about her baby's size. Elizabeth proved the doctors right when she delivered a beautiful 9.5 pound baby girl.
Elizabeth named her daughter Rehema, which is Swahili for mercy, and evened up the tally of boys and girls. :) We are absolutely thrilled to have the babies home and healthy, and we are so thankful for the hospital and medical teams who provide such amazing care for our mothers and babies.
Today, we would love for you to join us as we thank God for these precious new lives and ask him to continue to bless The Mercy House and these medical professionals who support our work. Thank you again for all of your support!
- May 10th, 2012
Before our girls come to The Mercy House, they are young girls on the brink of motherhood in one of the most dangerous and desperate areas of the world. With little to no help or support available, they face a bleak and uncertain future. Our first priority is to give our girls safety, love, and hope for the future, but we never forget or negate their past.
Twice a year, we invite the girls' extended families to visit The Mercy House. Each girl is allowed to invite two family members, and, while many of them don't have fathers or mothers, there is almost always a sister or an aunt or a former teacher that comes to visit. We recently held our second Family Visitation Day, and each girl had a family member present.
Family Visitation Day is a very special time of celebration when the girls are able to show off their beautiful babies and tell about all they've learned at The Mercy House. We sing. We laugh. We share testimonies. The day is a beautiful example of God's love and hope for the families.
One of our goals for Family Visitation Day is to offer the extended family an opportunity to learn and grow alongside the girls. This time, we invited a specialist to teach about the effects of abuse. Our prayer is that The Mercy House will be a city on a hill...a light for these families to see how much God loves them.
Many of the family members arrive at the house with hungry stomachs. One of the ways we share God's love is to fill their stomachs and share a big, traditional Kenyan meal together. Maureen, the staff, and the girls worked hard to prepare the meal, complete with rice, Murenda (traditional vegetables), meat, and Ugali (Kenyan "bread" used instead of utensils).
A familiar scripture is displayed on the dining room wall. Can you see it?
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future."
The Mercy House exists to act justly. to love mercy. and to walk humbly with our God. We believe that Family Visitation Days are an important part of that mission. To feed the hungry, both physically and spiritually. To give them a living and breathing example of the good plans the LORD has for them and their family. To serve them as guests in our home. We are honored to host these days of hope.
Thank you for supporting The Mercy House. Without you, these wonderful, hope-filled days would not be possible.
- May 3rd, 2012
Can you believe our first Mercy House baby is already nine months old?? Precious is pulling up on everything from the coffee table to the dining room chairs and developing her pre-walking skills...all with a big, beautiful smile on her face:
All of the babies are growing quickly, and we have been busy creating a plan for the babies to learn and develop alongside their mommies. Maureen recently visited a nearby Christian children's home, and we have adapted their daily schedule for The Mercy House. The older babies (4 mos.+) are on a fairly regular schedule, eating and napping around the same times each day. The girls have also been able to get the babies on a solid sleep schedule with the babies sleeping from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night! It's really going great!
As part of our development plan for the babies, we've arranged a Baby Stimulation Room where the girls and their babies can enjoy playtime together. Thanks to the generous donations from supporters just like you, we've been able to stock the room with bright, cheerful toys that encourage play and development. This Summer, a team will be visiting to paint the walls and lay colorful foam flooring. For now, however, the girls and the babies are enjoying the room immensely:
If you're a monthly sponsor, remember to login and view the girls' updated profiles where you can learn more about them and see their newest pictures. Thank you again for supporting The Mercy House and helping us love mercy!
- April 22nd, 2012
With high blood pressure and one week overdue, Lucy was induced. After 24 grueling hours, she delivered a beautiful, healthy son via c-section.
His name is Duncan:
Lucy impressed the hospital staff with her mothering heart and leadership qualities. She is a blessing in our home!
Welcome to our 4th boy and 6th baby!
- April 9th, 2012
With 8 girls, staff and babies, our home is a busy place! Your faithful support is helping our home grow with us.
New dining room table (next to our original one), now all the girls can eat and do school together:
We also had a special "store" table made by a local carpenter. When visitors come to our home, we have a place for them to shop!
We are getting ready for a library at Mercy House with beautiful shelves:
Thank you for your continued support!
- April 4th, 2012
At 3:00 AM, April,2, 2012, a fire broke out at the maternity home.
Thankfully everyone got out of the house and the fire was contained to one bedroom.
One of our young moms woke up to feed her baby. The electricity was off and it was pitch black in the house. She lit a candle to see, but fell asleep with it lit next to her bed. It's very common for homes use candles when there isn't electricity (we will be coming up with a better solution), although we don't normally use them at night.
She awoke to flames near her back and over her head, her tiny baby snuggled up next to her body. The girls screamed and Maureen sent them downstairs and outside with their babies. She grabbed a blanket to beat the fire, but it caught on fire. Our other staff grabbed buckets of water and were able to help her get the fire put out.
Maureen, Annette (our housemother) and Zacheeus (night guard) beat the fire that had lit up the mattress, wall and curtains. Other than some smoke inhalation and some blisters, everyone is fine.
The doctor gave them inhalers. The babies were checked out. We are so thankful to God for protecting our family in Kenya.
Please pray for health and that we can repair the room back to it's original condition.
Maureen said, "We are grateful to our Almighty daddy, the protector of all creation and one who is stronger than any other God. I surely saw the hand of God, He is the most High and the only God that I know. I am also so grateful to those who sacrificed a minute to lift us before God. We love you so much!"
Updated: Maureen stepped on thorns the night of the fire and has swollen foot and burned hand, please pray for a quick recovery. Also, Lucy is due any day with our sixth baby, please keep her in your prayers.
- March 22nd, 2012
She is just a child, an orphan, a victim of abuse.
She was sent to the city from a rural village to work.
She didn't know she was pregnant. How can a child know the evil things done to her can produce life?
When her body couldn't hold her secret any longer, her employee noticed and wanted to get rid of her.
Mercy House was notified and we began the process of recruitment, less than two weeks ago. But she went into labor and her baby was born on Sunday, at 33 weeks. She and the baby were sent back to the employer's just 3 hours later with a diaper and a change of clothes for the baby. No medicine, no vaccinations, no instructions for this poor child and her premature baby.
Mercy House was notified of the birth three days later. Maureen wept at what she discovered: a deathly ill 3 pound baby girl who was being fed water by a frightened, exhausted child-mother who didn't know what else to do.
They were both filthy and when the employer gladly gave them up, Maureen took them home. Our housemother bathed them and helped the baby girl to nurse and then Maureen took them to the hospital.
The doctor confirmed how sick and close to death her baby was and hospitalized precious Hawi (which means favor in Swahili) with jaundice, dehydration, and a problem with her bowels, and our young mom is being treated with a pretty severe infection.
Most American preemies might not survive such a traumatic birth and first days of life. We believe God rescued these sweet children!
Would you pray for our newest Mercy House members: Edith and Hawi? They have been thru so much...
But God is never late.
- March 13th, 2012
Mercy House Spring Collection Drive: Paperback non-fiction books!
We are collecting books to build a "library" at the maternity home. Besides Jesus, education is the key to our girls' future success. Most of our girls are below level (some primary), and we want to instill in them a deep love for reading.
We are collecting non-fiction books (only paperback due to weight) on all things science, art, picture books, etc. to fill our homeschool library (Fiction like Laura Ingalls Wilder book is also acceptable). If you'd like to participate, please mail to:
The Mercy House
8000 Research Forest Dr Ste. 115-110
Spring, TX 77382
- March 13th, 2012
Two weeks ago, Mercy House was involved in a risky rescue. It involved two children, trapped in slavery. While we must be very careful of what we share to protect our Kenyan staff, we worked closely with a Justice group and another partnering ministry.
It's simply amazing how much God has done! These two little girls are now in a safe, remote place getting the medical and emotional help they need. They have a home and are being loved for the first time in their young lives!
These children are not pregnant and needed a home with parental figures, so our maternity home didn't seem like an ideal fit. We are so excited to announce a home is being created with a small staff to minister to these girls. There are so few places for children who've been abused in this way and we are honored to be supporting these children. Several more trapped in this trafficking ring are in danger and we hope to help them too.
Mercy House is supporting this effort financially with $600 a month.
We are heartbroken for these girls. But we are so thankful that Jesus loves them so much! His eye is on the sparrow...
If you feel led to give to this, please mark it on your donation.
Thank you for continually loving mercy with us!
- March 5th, 2012
Every month, we send a suitcase with needed items to Kenya (usually with someone traveling over). We usually tuck little notes and cards for each girls and our staff into the bag. It's just a simple way to keep us connected and encourage them.
Some months we are scrambling to get a note to everyone and we thought it would be awesome for YOU to send a note or let your child color a picture, etc...
You can address an individual girl (if God lays one particular on your heart) or just a scripture for any of the staff or girls, babies...
We will make sure everyone has something in each bag.
The Mercy House
8000 Research Forest Dr Ste. 115-110
Spring, TX 77382