You might have noticed we have limited the information we share about each of the residents at Rehema House. We do this not only for their protection, but also their privacy. The girls have been tramautized by life and need a safe, quiet place to heal. At the same time, we want you to know them, to love them, to pray for them.
It's a challenging balance.
We are thrilled to announce a new way to give!
The Rehema Gift Catalog is a great way to give a gift to honor someone in your life and also help support moms and babies in Kenya!
In the past month, Rehema House has welcomed SIX new babies to the newest residents. That totals 15 moms and 15 babies in both the residences!
We thank God for healthy deliveries, for providing the resources needed (4 c-sections) and for protecting the young mothers.
Mercy House was born in prayer. We are asking you to join us today, Oct. 7, for a day of prayer. You can also send your prayers.
Take a few minutes and watch our brand new video and pray for the faces you meet.
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: