Expecting Grace

When God said “Will you help girls in Kenya?” I didn’t know what to do or what to expect.

I took one step and then another with Maureen.

I’ve learned so much on this journey. And I’m learning that I have much more to learn.

Mostly that even when I don’t know what I’m doing, He does. He doesn’t need me to figure this life out, He just wants me to be willing.

Between feeding babies and learning new skills, we had some guests at Mercy House today and as I showed them around and shared the story of all God has done, I got emotional. But I can’t take credit for the transformation in our girls or the beautiful work being done in our home. I blame God for every good thing. This is His house.


When the hard comes, so does the grace. It comes when it’s least expect it, but when you need it the most.

Grace comes in a wonderful doctor who has delivered all eight of our babies and makes house calls in preparation to deliver three more.


It comes in the quiet wonder of new residents who didn’t know how to turn on lights or a shower two weeks ago.


It comes in a young girl who came to us burned and broken and now is full of healing and love for her baby.


Grace is a God Who Stoops Low–

He knelt to form Adam–

He squatted to write in the sand–

He hunched to heal a leper–

He bent low enough for a manger–

He leans down for the last of these–

We are expecting Him.


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    Kim says

    You inspire me Kristen! You willingness to follow what He needs you to do without knowing where its headed is pure dedication and love! I pray that someday I too will get a higher calling from God to do good for others. You are leaving a legacy behind that your family will no doubt continue and be proud to continue it.
    Praying for you and the girls of Mercy House.

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    Oh Kristen- thank you so very much for the beautiful, grace-filled post. We pray God’s continued amazing, grace-filled plans for Mercy House, those precious girls and their babies, for Maureen and for you and your family.
    Thanks for being His hands and feet.

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    Jennifer says

    Kristen, this is so lovely. I’m humbled that you know how to listen to God’s voice so well and to obey. :-) Thanks for setting the example.

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    Just deeply touched and grateful for your words, His grace, this story you get to be a part of and see unfold in miraculous and hard ways. Thank you for sharing :)

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    Jasmin says

    Mrs. Kristen, what you and your family are doing is just amazing. I’m so skeptical of everything these days, but this is a cause I can believe in and trust. Part of it is that you share things like this with us, and the other part is that you give us glimpses into your family life and show us just how big a part of your lives our God is. Thank you (and your family) for your courage and dedication, and your willingness to serve. Keep your eyes on God, and you’ll have no need for fear.

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