Be [You] tiful

Thursdays and Fridays are their favorite days of the week for two reasons:

Nail. Polish.

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.

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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.

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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.

Stunning:

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But if you ask them, it’s Thursday and Friday they love most.

Because that’s the day they get to be beautiful.

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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.

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They begin to believe they are beautiful.

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Something we could see all along.

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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.

Write yourself into the amazing Mercy House story by checking out the current Wish List.

Special thanks to Dayspring for their beautiful donations for the new home in Kenya. We appreciate their generosity!]

 


Comments

  1. 1

    Tracie says

    Thank you so much for this post! I have been struggling with feeling worthy to be loved lately, but this story reminded me that it is the little things that make me beautiful! These women are an inspiration to me and I pray they continue to know Him and do big things with their lives. I absolutely love the necklace and ordered one for myself!! :) Gorgeous!

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    Becky says

    I praise God for the work that is being done at the Mercy House!! Thank you for following where The Lord was leading you, even if it was out of your comfort zone. Thank you for being a great example of how to say “yes.”
    May His name continue to be glorified at the Mercy House. Blessings on you and your family. Praying for safe travels.

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    says

    I know sometimes fashion, makeup and the like get a bad rap in the Christian world, but it’s always amazed me how my clothing and hair can make me feel connected to Jesus. All beauty points to our creator!

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    says

    I had bookmarked this page and tucked it away. I am so thankful I read it this morning. It brought tears to my eyes and God reminded me that He has a plan to bless others through me this day and in the days to come. I am here to honour Him and bless those whom He brings into my life. Thank you for the encouragement. Thank you for the reminder. Thank you for the example. And God bless you, your family, and the residents of Mercy House.

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