Congrats to random winner, Kit Jordan.
Three years ago today, I traveled to Kenya for the first time to blog about poverty and found true religion.
I took many of you with me on the life-changing trip.
I’m still amazed at how God took a willing heart and sent it around the world and turned
a small, simple yes into a House of Mercy, brimming with happy babies, healthy girls and expanding every day.
God’s funny that way.
He gives us just enough information and protects us from the big dream we haven’t grown into yet.
Because I didn’t know finding Edith would stir my heart to help her orphaned siblings, living in a rural village so far from their big sister. I didn’t know Edith would mourn them everyday in our house. I didn’t know we’d find them in desperation and we would be able to help.
I didn’t know rescuing Cindy and baby Nicholas would give us the chance to help her family allowing her mother start a business and give her siblings an opportunity for the future.
I didn’t know that digging deeper, exposing ourselves to more work and pain, would present more opportunities to love and new chances to see Jesus.
I’m glad I didn’t know.
It makes the discovery so much more powerful.
There are still so many unknowns in my life and yours, but the beauty is in the journey.
God is writing a a great love story there and here. Because I also didn’t know a mom would sacrifice $3 every month faithfully for 13 months and on the 14th month, donate $1000. I didn’t know He would compel others to do the same over and over to keep this little mission afloat.
I didn’t know He would build Mercy House thru your generosity or give us a thousand miracles to get from there to here.
But He knew.
Love’s like that: a contagious, spreading fire that cannot be snuffed out by our inadequacy or ignorance. You would think the world would overwhelm this heart of mine, but instead it’s just grown bigger for the world.
Three years ago today, I didn’t know the end of my trip was really the beginning of an epic love story.
This month, my favorite art company, Show Offs Art is loving mercy with us. You can join them by showing Christ’s love and compassion by shopping their company this Easter season. Use the word MERCY to get a 10% discount and 25% of your sale will go to Mercy House. If you’d like to win my favorite beautiful canvas, leave the name of the person who needs a little extra love in the comments as your entry.