Mercy House Kenya February Supply Drive Giveaway
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Do you want to win one of these awesome items from the Mercy House’s Etsy Shop?
Check out this awesome purse.
I love this bracelet.
If I only had a little girl…
There are many styles of these pins available.
You can win one of these or anything found in their etsy shop by entering our giveaway. keep reading to see how.
Giveaway ends Monday, February 14, 2011, at 5PM EST. Let’s show some real love this Valentine’s Day.
In March of last year, Kristen Welch of the blog We Are That Family went to Kenya, Africa, with Compassion International to blog about their relief efforts in the slums of Nairobi. I remember reading about her trip there and how broken she felt when she got home. Just days after returning home, Kristen read a heartbreaking article by CNN about the large number of backstreet abortions by girls forced into prostitution to feed their families.
While in Kenya she met Maureen, a Compassion International student. Kristen contacted Maureen and asked if she knew of any relief efforts to help these pregnant girls. Maureen knew of none. Four months later, Maureen contacted Kristen with a vision God had placed in her heart.
Now they’re opening Mercy House.
As they’re getting funding together and paperwork and doing what they need to do to get everything started, they’re also doing a supply drive. Every month they’re collecting different items. February’s collection drive includes:
- Alcohol pads
- Latex-free gloves-most needed
- Tylenol and Tylenol brand items (cold, allergy, etc)
- Pain relief
- Antibiotic creams like Neosporin
- First Aid Kits
You can mail items to:
The Mercy House
8000 Research Forest Dr., Ste. 115-110
Spring, TX 77382
Here’s where I come in.
I cannot tell you the heart I have for African missions. It has always been there, and I know without a doubt that God will have me working there at some point in my life. My soup kitchen work does things to my heart that I cannot explain, but one thing that really stood out to me is that it calmed this cry inside of my soul to be doing something.
I went to We Are That Family’s website to link to some linky and instead stumbled upon the information about Mercy House. The emotions that have overflowed my heart since reading about it last week have been overwhelming. The fact that a need was recognized, then two women of God got together to do something just impresses me and made me wish I could roll up my sleeves and help them.
Then I realized that I could.
They are having a monthly supply drive. While these supply drives are going on, I’m going to offer a giveaway every month.
We are going to donate $100 every month to Mercy House. If you win the giveaway, you can choose an item in Mercy House’s Etsy Shop and the balance of the $100 will be donated directly to them in your name.
This giveaway will end Monday, February 14, 2011, at 5PM EST.
Here is how to enter the giveaway:
- Blog about the supply drive with specifics about what is being collected that month and include the mailing address. You must link back to this giveaway in your blog about it. The entire point is to get as much word out there about these supply drives as possible. The more people who enter this and blog about it, the more people will read about it. Leave a comment telling me that you did with a link to your post.
- Post on your Facebook a link to this post. Leave a comment telling me that you did. You can enter every day.
- Tweet about the supply drive. Include @halleeb so that I am copied on your tweet. Leave a comment telling me that you did. You can enter this way every day.
- Send supplies. Leave a comment saying that you did. Be ready to have a Delivery Confirmation if you win.
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I’m so grateful for your visit, today.
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I did repost this, byt not sure how to actually link back to you?? But here’s the post – http://waybackwhenwoman.blogspot.com/2011/02/mercy-house-kenya-february-supply-drive.html
I plan on sharing it on facebook, and also getting some supplies to send it…I will keep you updated…
I am so glad you posted this, and the address to ship to. I am very glad to be able to send some things along. I will hit the store on Friday. You are amazing Hallee.
I shared on Facebook.
I will pick up a few things over the month and ship them out at the end of the month. What a great thing they are doing.
I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/nanatide/status/35015732777459712
I shared on my FB page:
Thank you so much for putting this information out there. I removed the link to your facebook page to protect your own privacy.
So, this charity helps women who are in danger of being forced into abortions, and those who have already had one?
I love stuff like this. The only “issue” I have is that it happens in the US too, and it’s kept quiet. Pro-life clinics and foundations to help mothers in need need help here, too. I’m not trying to say that the US is more important, just pointing something out that some people might not realize. It also might be easier to volunteer for or donate to a local pro-life clinic or foundation. :)
You can’t compare the slum life of Kenya to anything in the United States. There are people and foundations and support all over the United States – and people God placed to work and help and give. There was nothing in Kenya, and God placed a desire in this woman’s heart and then provided means and opportunity.
Here is the information from the website:
Annually, 26,000 women die from having an illegal, unsafe abortion in Kenya. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
Abortion is a volatile topic in Kenya.
13,000 Kenyan girls are kicked out of school for being pregnant. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
25% of pregnant women in Kenya are HIV positive (ObGyn in Kenya)
Every 30 minutes, a woman is raped in Kenya. (Nairobi Women’s Hospital)
Mothers often force their daughters into trading sex for food in the slums (CNN)
More than 20,000 children are sex trafficked in Kenya (Human Trafficking)
1500 women die in childbirth every day across Africa (WHO)
Provide a safe place-a guarded home with six maternity beds
Partner with local churches
Prenatal Care-vitamins, checkups
Proper Nutrition-protein and regular meals
Ministry-prayer, Biblical teaching
Skills-jewelry, soap, sewing (future products will be sold here)
A nurturing environment in-which to give birth
A safe place to stay and learn and heal until they graduate from the program
A microloan to start small business or go to school
With help, direction and training from the leadership of Living Hope Ministries, a successful pro-life organization, The Mercy House will teach the girls in all aspects of life, functioning within the culture of Africa.
Plans are in motion to open a six-bed maternity home to house pregnant girls and staff on the outskirts of Nairobi. Our initial goal is to open the home in the summer of 2011.
It is the desire of The Mercy House team to fulfill Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good: And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and love mercy, to walk humbly with your God.”
I understand that. I’m not debating the vast need for the people in Kenya. But obviously the foundations in the US still need a lot of help if women are still having the same types of issues and not receiving help. A lot of women don’t know they can even get help here. They go to Planned Parenthood thinking they’re going to help, when really they’re just out to make money.
I’m not trying to discredit or say that this isn’t a worthy cause, I was just saying that it might be easier for people in America to donate to a cause in the same ballpark locally, because they definitely need it too.
Oh – and I didn’t mean to sound harsh, if I did. Typing while fielding boys. Sorry if that seemed abrupt.
I know – I wasn’t fast enough to say that I didn’t mean to sound abrupt or even defensive. Just typing fast. I wanted to get the information from the website up to answer your questions.
One of my favorite places in Tallahassee was the crisis pregnancy center. So many abortions were prevented just from a loving, providing environment. So many young mothers received supplies and equipment and support and help because it was there. It was a wonderful place and I loved helping them.
Totally understand. :) I was just trying to put the word out there that there are women here that need help too, if they can’t help in Kenya. I do think this organization is amazing and I’m happy to see it.
Thanks so much for your support! It is amazing to watch God work!
Posted a link on my facebook!
I shared on facebook! :)
Kudos to you, Hallee, for joining this wonderful cause. My uncle devoted his life (and work as a Civil Engineer) working with the Peace Corp, CARE, and finally, the UN. He spent over 20 years working in Kenya and Somalia, especially. His devotion to helping others has been a constant inspiration to me. I applaud you for assisting this noble cause!
My name is Dana Eldred. I work with your husband here in Afghanistan. He asked me to send you the website of a foundation with which my sister is involved. The website is http://htlot.org. The organization is called Help the Least of These. They do a lot of work in Nairobi to help the extreme poor. They work to serve God by helping with children’s needs, health care, and church planting.
I pray this finds you well. Keep up the good work.
I Facebooked it. :)
I shared on FB again :-) (I am really diggin’ those purses!!)