You’re probably familiar with the process that forms a pearl:
An oyster sometimes gets a small grain of sand or impurity inside its shell.
It’s an irritant to the delicate flesh, so the oyster secretes a substance to encase the sand – to provide a protective shield between itself and what is causing the irritation. Over time, a pearl is formed.
While pearls are prized for their beauty, the oyster doesn’t produce them under comfortable circumstances. It endures discomfort, at the least, to produce something we esteem as beautiful.
Just as an oyster produces pearls under the cover of deep waters, countless women around the world live lives of unimaginable pain and suffering under the covers of poverty, marginalization, and abuse.
These are women whose lives are just as valuable as those of women in safer environments; women whose hearts beat with longing to be safe, to have opportunity, and who desperately need hope.
Though seen by some as having little value, we see them as beautiful, priceless souls who are worth the effort to uncover their true value; to show them the way to hope and a future.
Last year I shared how I first learned of Mercy House Global (formerly Mercy House Kenya), and how this organization is working to minister in these hard places, particularly to young mothers in Kenya.
During the six year history of Mercy House Global, indigenous maternity homes have been opened in Kenya. Their flagship ministry, Rehema House, has already supported more than 30 teen mothers and their children.
Since then, the opportunities have expanded to engage, empower, and disciple oppressed and impoverished women around the globe by assisting 42 artisan groups in 27 countries.
Through the organization of the Fair Trade Friday Club, the Earring of the Month Club, and now the Bracelet of the Month Club, women who previously had very little hope for a future now have meaningful employment in safe working conditions, earn fair wages, and most importantly, are ministered to in the name of Jesus, realizing that they are worth more than throw-aways; they are priceless!
I’m excited and honored to once again participate in a campaign to raise awareness for Mercy House Global through Put on Your Pearls. Today I’m wearing pearl jewelry made by artisans in India as a reminder of the priceless value of these women who now have hope, and those who are yet to be impacted by the life-changing work of Mercy House Global and similar organizations who are working to impact the lives of hurting women world-wide.
In order to reach the women who are still in need, I’m asking you to consider how you can help. Not only can you join the Fair Trade Friday Club, Earring of the Month Club, or Bracelet of the Month Club, but you can also give a one-time or monthly gift to Mercy House Global, support a Rehema House graduate, support a new resident, or contribute toward specific needs of the ministry.
I encourage you to visit She is Priceless to learn more about Mercy House Global, as well as 4 other organizations that are working to bring healing and hope to women in some of the most impoverished and oppressed situations in the world.
And to show your support, be sure to wear your pearls today! Snap a shameless selfie and share with the world that you believe these women are priceless! Use the hashtag #PutOnYourPearls when you share.
She is priceless!
Share the word; share the hope!