An Opportunity to See More Clearly

I want to tell you a story:

There were two men sharing a hospital room, each struggling to recover from devastating illnesses. Two things made them friends: loneliness and opportunity. One was blind, the other old.

Every day, the old man would describe what was happening at the park, just outside his window to the blind man. He would describe the children playing ball and the young couple arguing on the park bench.  His words painted a picture describing the way the wind blew the kite a little girl was flying and the way the trees were blossoming.

Every detail was described. The old man helped the blind man see what he couldn’t.

The day came for the old man to have surgery, but sadly he never returned to the hospital room. He passed away. When the nurse told the blind man the news,  he wept. He said nostalgically, “Before you leave Nurse, could you just tell me what’s going on at the park outside the window?”

She opened the blinds to a brick wall, “What park?” she asked.

Sometimes we have to be blind so we can see.

We have the opportunity to make the world a brighter place. We can change someone else’s world with our words and our actions.

Today, I’m going to show you an opportunity to help save someone’s life and I pray you see the world more clearly.

If my 6 year old discovers a tiny hole in her leggings on the way to church, by the time we get home, it’s the size of her head.

It just keeps getting bigger.

Because sometimes once it starts, there’s no stopping it.

I feel like the more good we do in Kenya, the bigger the hole gets. Every time we rescue a new girl at Mercy House (4 more this Spring) or have a new baby (1 newborn and 3 more on the way) for a total of 24 lives in our home by summer, the spiritual attacks increase. Satan is relentless. The more we do, the more work there is to be done.

But the victories are greater.


I know our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, but the attacks often are. It can be discouraging.

The last few weeks have been hard. The kind of hard that makes you want to pull the covers over your head and cry UNCLE.

Many of you who have supported Mercy House since the beginning, know of the personal loss Maureen, our Executive Director, hero and girl rescuer, has endured. She lost her beloved sister and nephew in her immediate family while we were opening the home in 2011 and the battle has been personal.

Jennifer, Maureen’s mom, has been a huge support. She has endured so much loss in her 53 years, but she has been faithful, volunteering her time and skills to help us help girls in Kenya. Our family fell in love with Jennifer several years ago and she is our extended family now.


The day after we rescued our newest girl from the grips of darkness, Jennifer, Maureen’s mom, was diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor that has already caused her to go blind in one eye and her other eye is at risk and ultimately, her life.

What a blow.

Thankfully, it’s not cancerous and brain surgery will save her life. (She is tentatively scheduled to enter the hospital June 2, 2013)

Most people with her medical condition in Kenya would die. And without a financial or healing miracle, Jennifer does not have a chance. The surgery and recovery cost $15,000.

I have struggled with my faith lately, just feeling overwhelmed and exhausted and a little whiny. I know God is able, but the hole fills up with water quicker than I can bail it out.

What better way for satan to attack the good work of Mercy House than to try and cripple our beloved Maureen?

God keeps asking me to believe for the impossible. Probably because He keeps coming thru. I just want to shake myself and say, “Don’t you get it, Kristen!”

Please, pray, there are obviously many risks involved.

It’s a big hole, but God is bigger.

You can help Jennifer by giving a charitable donation here. You can also follow her journey to healing by liking this Facebook page.

We are grateful to the amazing work of an organization called CURE Kenya, who is helping to facilitate this surgery on the ground.

About CURE:

More than 100 million physically disabled children in the developing world can be cured through surgery.

These children have conditions like clubfootbowed legscleft lips,untreated burns, and hydrocephalus. Without treatment, they won’t go to school and will have little hope for a future. Many will die from their condition.

That’s why CURE exists. We’re a non-profit organization that operates hospitals and programs in 27 countries worldwide where patients experience the life-changing message of God’s love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay.

Since our first hospital opened in Kenya in 1998, we have seen over 1.9 million patients, provided over 138,000 life-changing surgeries, and trained over 6,100 medical professionals.

[We are collecting donations thru third party Pure Charity so they will be tax deductible. We don’t have a way to receive a tax deductible donation via Paypal at this time.  If you don’t want to pay with credit card/debit card online, you can send a check here:

Pure Charity
2003 Horsebarn Road, Suite 9
Rogers, AR  72756
in the memo line we would need to have “CURE International 58-2248383, Jennifer’s Brain Surgery”


Will you help one precious life  see the world clearly? 


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      kristen says

      You can send a check to Pure Charity (I added address to the post). We are going thru them so donations are tax deductible. Unfortunately, we don’t have a way to accept donations via Paypal for this fundraiser.

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      kristen says

      Pure Charity
      2003 Horsebarn Road, Suite 9
      Rogers, AR 72756
      in the memo line we would need to have “CURE International 58-2248383, Jennifer’s Brain Surgery”

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    Maureen Owino says

    Am still in awe of what God is doing. Bowling like crazy as i read this post. Love you sweet momma for always being an eye opener!!

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    I’d like to participate too, but I’d prefer to send a check–you mentioned you added the address to the post, but I’m afraid I don’t see it. Could you point it out to me?

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      kristen says

      Pure Charity
      2003 Horsebarn Road, Suite 9
      Rogers, AR 72756
      in the memo line we would need to have “CURE International 58-2248383, Jennifer’s Brain Surgery”

      Thanks, Shannon

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    Jenna says

    Hi Kristen…
    I’ve been following your blog for a while, but never commented, but have to today. I worked at CURE Kenya for 2+ years, and so seeing this made me a little teary. My best friends are doctors in Kijabe (one at CURE and his wife at Kijabe Mission Hospital). I’m so glad that Jennifer is going to get treatment – and in such a wonderful place; I know they will have a good experience there (as good as it can be, being a hospital experience, anyway). I will be eager to hear how this goes. . and am so glad you were able to make the CURE connection!

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    Beth says

    I love seeing the *lack* of comments on this one. Actions are stronger than words. My donation will go in the mail this week since I missed the chance to help Maureen’s mom. I’ll just let you choose how best to use it.

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    Praying for you and against the evil that keeps pounding and hounding. Can I say that it’s a privilege to find your blog and get to know your ministry and cover y’all in prayer? Not that little ‘ol me matters…but He does. He sees. Knows. Hears. Amen! In Jesus’ name, amen. Chin up & heart be light for He’s got this, you and Maureen. So grateful for your words–and courage –to ask for what’s truly needed…God through prayer. May He never cease to amaze us all with how He does what He does and when. (Gives me tears of joy and sweet, painful anticipation to see the end of this chapter.) Get some extra rest if possible. Hugs and prayers to all.

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