While we’re having a great time decorating our homes to celebrate Christmas (and that’s perfectly fine), some women around the world are living in conditions unfathomable to us.
Decorating is the least of their concerns. Safety and shelter, food and clean water – these are the things on their minds.
It’s been nearly two years since I was introduced to Mercy House Global. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in two awareness campaigns (here and here), as well as becoming more personally educated and involved.
It’s been a heart-changing experience for me. That’s why I take the opportunity a few times each year to share Mercy House Global with you and ask you to consider if it’s something that tugs at your heart too.
We’re not all called to go to the other side of the world to help people – I get that. Some are. Others stay right where we are and fill roles that don’t require us to physically go.
I don’t believe we all have hearts that ache or yearn for the same things either. My heart aches for the young women helped by Mercy House. And I’m looking for others that may be the same.
Mercy House exists primarily to offer hope and a future to pregnant teens in Kenya. The conditions are far from what those of us in first-world countries ever experience, and many times these girls become pregnant through heart-breaking situations that we can only imagine.
When Mercy House was begun, it was an effort to give these teens an option to back-alley abortions that sometimes claimed not only the lives of their unborn children, but the girls themselves.
The heart of the ministry is also committed to loving these teens, caring for them, educating them, and sharing the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ with them – to give them hope and a future.
Since it’s beginning, Mercy House has rescued 32 teen mothers from the streets and given them a new future – one of worth and hope.
It isn’t just about giving and providing, however. The work of Mercy House seeks to empower by providing education and giving these young mothers the ability to work to care for their families. As they progress through the program, the goal is to graduate them into a life where they have skills to produce an income for themselves and their children.
Fair Trade Friday is a part of Mercy House that extends even beyond just Kenya. By purchasing products from local artisan groups from around the world, Mercy House is able to not only help the girls in Kenya, but also support the work of impoverished and marginalized women from all over the world.
Fair Trade Friday offers 3 monthly subscriptions: the Fair Trade Friday Box, The Earring of the Month Club, and the Bracelet of the Month Club. By subscribing to a club, members get a monthly package shipped right to their home, with beautiful goods made by the hands of these world-wide artisans who enjoy meaningful employment. Through subscriptions, the work of Mercy House is partially supported.
Not only do subscribers get beautiful, hand-crafted pieces of jewelry and goods, but also the joy of knowing a difference is being made in the lives of women all around the world.
Today, I’m thrilled to host a giveaway featuring the latest product from the Earring of the Month club. These beautiful gold and red-beaded hoop earrings were crafted by an artisan in Haiti, and I’m honored to send them to one To Work With My Hands reader.
To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below. Entry is open to readers residing in the United States, 18 years and older.
A Home for Christmas
I also invite you to consider joining me in the “Home for Christmas” campaign to benefit Mercy House.
Look at what has already been accomplished:
- 32 pregnant teens have been rescued
- 31 miracle babies have been born
- 12 street moms, and their 19 children now have a safe and warm place to live, and hot meals to eat, and have become their own artisan group
- 25 women have been released from poverty by becoming business-owners
- in 24 countries, thousand of marginalized women have been given hope through job creation
Consider how you can be a part of meeting these needs:
- rescue an additional 8 pregnant girls and safely welcome 8 new babies
- graduate and transition 8 current moms and their 8 children into the next phase of education, and back home, if possible
- open a transitional home for Kenyan teen moms who can’t return home
- add 8 more street moms to the Street Hope artisan group
- provide small business training to the artisan groups Mercy House currently works with
- move Fair Trade Friday into Gospel-resistant countries
In our culture, we typically celebrate Christmas with more stuff. What if we celebrated by also providing a place to call home for hurting teens in Kenya?
We can’t single-handedly change the world, but we can make a difference – one woman at a time. Will you consider joining me?