Once there was a prince and he was looking for a wife. He searched the land and found a farmer with two daughters. When he asked about the dowry for the young maidens, the farmer explained that for the educated daughter, who was beautiful and smart, pure and above reproach, the dowry was ten cows, a small fortune. But for the second daughter who was uneducated and not as pretty and broken, the dowry was one cow. The prince left and said he would come back the next day with his decision.
And he did.
He presented the father with ten healthy cows and the farmer brought his firstborn daughter.
“No,” the prince replied. “It is the second daughter I want.”
“Oh, you have paid too much,” the father protested. But the prince gave the ten cows. Because he saw beyond her appearance or situation.
He saw her for who she would become. He knew what love could do. He recognized her value.
This Kenyan Proverb was shared at our very first Mercy House Graduation today. The first four girls brought into the maternity home, almost three years ago now have completed Phase 1 of the Rehema House program. And now they move into Phase 2, a halfway house of sorts with more independence and outside education as they are slowly reintegrated back into their homes if it’s a viable option.
They were rescued when they were most hopeless.
They were redeemed when they were destitute.
They have beautifully transformed from broken, desperate girls into glowing new creations.
They have been given hope.
And a future. Every resident has a unique situation and while some may stay three years, others may stay longer. But the ultimate goal is to make disciples and send them out into the world as a light, a new generation of Esthers.
It was humbling beyond words–to be in this place for such a time as this.
As I shared how all this began, one small yes, that’s grown into a God-sized dream, I could only give God the glory and thank Him for the good work He has done.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. -Psalm 139:13-14
As Terrell and I knelt on our knees before these beautiful new creations, robed in royalty, we washed their feet.
And not for one minute did these girls wonder if they were valuable.
They knew they belonged to the Prince of Peace.
That’s what love will do.