Thursdays and Fridays are their favorite days of the week for two reasons:
Most of the pregnant residents at Mercy House enter the home with only the clothes on their back and that’s it.
But even though their hands are empty, they carry a lot of baggage.
It’s the first time in their lives, they have the opportunity to eat three healthy meals a day.
They have been rescued from hell. Situations so unthinkable, it’s hard to imagine–like young girls passed around and abused by older men, violent home lives riddled with extreme poverty, HIV and even defilement by becoming second wives as 14 year old girls.
Their pride is gone. Their self esteem shattered.
And with their lovely dark eyes downcast, the last thing they feel is beautiful.
Immediately, the residents begin in a skills class five days a week (along with intense counseling), a few hours each day. Making product is a result of the class, but it’s not the real reason behind it.
Something transforming happens when these girls are given an outlet to create.
As they begin to adjust to their new life and God’s love is spoken over them and to them, change starts from the inside out. Hope is restored.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday they learn jewelry and sewing and they marvel at what they can make from paper and fabric.
But if you ask them, it’s Thursday and Friday they love most.
Because that’s the day they get to be beautiful.
For six months, salon classes teach them how to intricately wash, braid, and style hair; perform manicures and pedicures and much more. And while they massage each other’s feet and hands, paint toenails and braid hair, something miraculous happens.
They begin to believe they are beautiful.
Something we could see all along.
Maybe you’re feeling used by this world, ugly inside and out. I think we’ve all had those days. But it doesn’t change who we are and how much we are valued.
We just have to believe it.
[Want to wear Charity’s gorgeous necklace? We have a limited supply of this brand new style at The Mercy Shop.
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Special thanks to Dayspring for their beautiful donations for the new home in Kenya. We appreciate their generosity!]