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Lull's in the storms, but still hard at work

We are still here and kicking!  Even though you haven't heard much as we are busy at work in Kenya! 

One thing we may have forgotten to mention is that we now are the proud owners of 3 beautiful Honda motorcycles!!  We were spending too much money hiring drivers and renting rides and it only made sense that we invest in a couple more motorcycles for our transportation needs. Here is a photo of our awesome THREESOME of Honda's wrapped in our colorful Purple Bike protective wrap!  Pray also that we may be able to find funds in the near future to buy a small van, but that may need to wait until we get some higher priority items completed first. Click button below to see our latest updates on goals and fundraiser needs. Change is in the air! 

THANK YOU to all of you who pray and give to make this life changing ministry possible here in Kenya!  God bless you!!  

 Stephanie loves colors! :-)

Stephanie loves colors! :-)

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Mercy Home Birthdays all the time!

Posted on behalf of Jeff Bys from Facebook.

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Another MCH family birthday in the books! Today we celebrated Wilbur's 10th bday.

Here's a fun fact: At MCH we celebrate an average of 6 birthdays a month. That's more than 1 per week!

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Joyful July 2,3,4,5,6,7!

Posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook

Joyful July 2nd, 3rd and 4th because Nairobi was busy for us! After living in Kenya for a short while you learn you can make plans all you want, but the likelihood of them all happening on your timeline is slim to none. But in Nairobi we were able to get so much done!

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Joyful July 2nd-Our immigration check-in was a complete BREEZE! We had all of our paperwork and all of our paperwork was all REAL so in about 20 minutes we were completely done and that includes waiting in line because we arrived early!

Joyful July 3rd-We were able to meet up with a Kenyan pastor/missionary that Jeff met at a conference in Nairobi in May and he took us to Mully Children's Family! Wow, it was such an honor to be there and we were invited back for a more in-depth tour so we can lean more. If you haven't seen the Mully movie I would encourage you to watch it. What Mully has been doing for the last 25+ years is our dream on a much smaller scale (our dream is on a much smaller scale than what he currently has.). It is neat to get to be with like minded people...you don't feel so crazy in those moments! ;) Also yesterday we got to eat TACOS ๐ŸŒฎ ๐ŸŒฎ and I was able to find some gluten free products that we can't get in Bungoma! God was so good to us yesterday (and every day)!

Joyful July 4th-We are on our way home to see our kiddos! While I know we had things we had to go and do I always hate leaving them. So far it sounds like the children have behaved themselves better than some of the adults!๐Ÿ˜‚So far our travel back hasn't been too bad, just not as fast as I would like for it to be.

And I'm terrible at taking pictures, sorry!!

#joyfuljuly #aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #kenya #bungoma#james127

 

Joyful July #5

Growth! It is such a JOY to get to be a part of the growth happening here at Mercy Home. We cant always snap a picture of the growth, but this one was too cute not to share. All of our children are growing daily whether it is physically, academically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally or in the area of responsibility. Children are amazing and thrive when given food, love, good shelter and a bit of structure.

If you support us in any way you are changing lives like Minnie's in Kenya. Thank you, thank you for helping these children, thank you for allowing us to be the "boots on the ground", thank you for joining in on the joy in our JOurneY.
#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome#bungoma #kenya #changingtheirstory #growth#james127 #thankyou #joyfuljuly

(Current picture taken today while she has malaria...she's not letting it phase her one bit๐Ÿ’œ)

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Joyful July day 6

 The family plus 2 of their Granddaughters. 2 of their children have sickle cell anemia.

The family plus 2 of their Granddaughters. 2 of their children have sickle cell anemia.

Today we started the project of building a new home for a family of 9. Currently they are sleeping in 2 8x8ish huts, children in one and adults and youngest child in the other. As you can see the rooves are made of straw and they are old so when it rains water comes in and the floors get wet. A wet floor isn't too big of a deal unless that is where you sleep without a mattress and that's exactly where this family sleeps. ๐Ÿ˜ž But God! He is so good and we had afamily donate $500 to build them a new home. Today we met with the "fundi" (worker) who will set and build the frame and roof of the home. Tomorrow we will go into town and purchase materials for the home. Monday is build day, they will now have 2 bedrooms and a sitting room (living room) all under one DRY roof! We are still seeking additional donations to cover beds, mattresses, sheets, blankets, mosquito nets and additional iron sheets so we can enclose the "toilet" for this family. If you would like to donate to meet these needs please mark it for "Dishon family".

There's something about people loving on people they've never met that makes me all "heart eyed" ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. To see someone love the people God loves thousands of miles away, to see someone impact so many lives they've never met, to watch someone care for others children...it brings me so much JOY. Our JOurneY is full of JOY here in Kenya.

Thank you for being JOY makers. When you support our mission here you are not only supporting our children, but you are supporting other families in our community as well. From the local shops in our area, to our staff of 19, from the lady we buy sukuma (collard greens) from daily, to the family that provides us fresh milk daily for the children's porridge and even the extra driver's we require daily...you are helping to support so many families.
#joyfuljuly #aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #nonprofit #james127#kenya #bungoma #changingtheirstory

 

Joyful July day 7

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We have bunnies! For me bunnies bring so much joy. I look at rabbits as pets and pets only, but we (Karson and the boys) have delved into raising rabbits for meat. As you are probably aware our home is ever growing, in order to be able to afford to continue taking in children we have to find ways to produce some of our food. While I highly doubt I will ever eat rabbit I know that the children will benefit greatly from this little project, both in their bellies and knowledge wise. Currently we have 7 does, 1 buck and 6 bunnies. Best we can tell all 7 does are pregnant so soon we will have lots of bunnies. We will butcher at around 12 weeks and as fast as rabbits have bunnies we should have a steady supply for the children. Being able to feed our children better (more meat/protein) bring me SO much joy!

In addition to providing food for MCH we are hoping to use some of the rabbits to help others do this same sort of thing. This would allow them to sell the rabbits and also provide some food for their family. Rabbits are basically free to raise here because the children go and gather fresh weeds/greens for them daily, pluse we eat cabbage, sukuma (collard greens) and carrots on a regular basis so there is plenty of food here for them and they do not eat pellets. Currently we have our rabbits set up in a colony setting and they are doing great.

In about 8-10 weeks we should have our first rabbit stew. And now the boys are asking to start raising birds ๐Ÿ˜’, I just don't like birds. I was hoping that we would focus on goats (we have 1 female) or chickens (we have about 6) next, but birds seem to be much cheaper to start up (about $1 per bird) so it looks like they may just win again.

Thank you for following along, your prayer and your support!

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Only a few more days remaining!

For those who have missed it or might have been forgotten this opportunity to bless the Bys Family!

We have two About-Face Missions supporters who are donating profits to our AFM Mercy Childrenโ€™s Home in Kenya from the sales of items they distribute normally through home party sales, but if you come join these groups you can learn more about two fabulous companies and their missions to help people and now to double the impact by helping us!ย  Trades of Hope products are hand crafted goods that are imported from poor countries where women are given a chance out of poverty and bless you with beautiful craftsmanship. Norwex products have developed state-of-the-art cleaning supplies that are next best thing to a miracle in how they can transform your home life helping you live more chemical free and ease your cleaning life around the home. My family has just recently been introduced to these two companyโ€™s products as we have purchased items from both and are totally impressed!ย  Come take part and help bless Mercy Home and meet some of your needs also!ย 
— David Shelton. AFM Ministry president
 Click this image to be taken to Amanda Berger's Trades of Hope AFM fundraiser page! 

Click this image to be taken to Amanda Berger's Trades of Hope AFM fundraiser page! 

To go direct to the online Trades of Hope AFM fundraiser shopping store click button below. 


 Click this image to be taken to Allison's AFM Fundraiser Norwex products page! 

Click this image to be taken to Allison's AFM Fundraiser Norwex products page! 

If you would rather just start shopping right away click this button for the AFM Norwex fundraiser. 

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Unsung hero of Mercy Home!

 Just after we moved to Kenya, we are so blessed to be here!

Just after we moved to Kenya, we are so blessed to be here!

Joyful July Day 1!   I saw someone doing Joyful June, so I decided I would jump on board in July!

This girl is such a JOY to my heart! Caitie has a heart for babies and children unlike most her age. I remember when she was 9 and Ava-Joy was born, Caitlin had a real live babydoll. Caitie has such a sweet heart and is such a big help in our home. Over the years the main thing she has wanted to be when she grew up was a Mom. She's spent hours reading parenting books, baby books and pregnancy books. She's met some resistance over this choice, but it is what she feels like God wants of her. Aside from being a good Mom she wants to help other Moms be a good Mom. She wants to help educate women on pregnancy, birth and raising children. There have been talks of us possibly opening a birthing center here in Kenya one day and she really likes the idea of that. She wants to hold prenatal, birth and parenting classes there. I don't brag on her enough and she's not a fan of being in pictures so I try and respect that, but I couldn't resist snapping this (first) picture. She's crocheting a blanket for our Minnie while wearing baby Joy on her back because she was fussy. Caitie is such a joy to us and those around her!
#joyfuljuly #caitie #aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #james127#nonprofit #kenya

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Big Dreams can come true!

posted for Stephanie from Facebook

We were given some exciting news last night! After discussing our strong desire and love for the new property with the owners they have decided that we can secure and move into our new 7 acre property for $50,000 down. Then we would pay off the remaining $100,000 with 50k in 6 months and another 50k in one year.

 Primary residence on campus

Primary residence on campus

So our plan right now is to raise $60,000 to secure this beautiful property. The additional $10,000 is to cover legal fees, moving cost, getting the transformer set up to bring power back to the entire property and a few small things that need to be replaced/repaired. Currently we have $15,000 of the $60,000 needed to call this place home. As soon as God has provided the first $50,000 we will enter a legal agreement and start the purchase process. The purchase process will take about a month, but paying the first $50,000 takes the property off of the market.
This is an amazing opportunity that we believe that God has called us to. Originally the property was listed at $800,000 so the price being offered to us is a total God thing. Also an interesting fact is that the previous ministry started shutting down right around the same time Jeff and I first felt the call to Kenya years ago. Since then it has mostly been sitting empty, I'm not saying that this home has been waiting for us, but maybe! ๐Ÿ˜
We have a couple of online fundraisers open right now and we have a couple of more in the works. If you are willing to host a fundraiser for Mercy Children's Home please reach out to us and we can answer any questions you may have. We are also looking for donations to auction off in a Facebook group, no item is too big or small, I've seen small handmade items bring in a lot of money for other charities. While we are constantly asking for your help, we are really just asking for you to join in and experience this greatness with us! Not everyone can come and see or go and be, but everyone can do something and all of the "somethings" add up to life change. Life change is why God moved us to Kenya.
Thank you for your love and support. We are always sharing what God is doing through you with our people here. Just last night I was sent enough money to build a home for a large family currently sleeping on the wet ground in 2 different small huts. That is about God moving in the hearts of His people for His people and not about Jeff and Stephanie at all. We love you and thank you for caring for our children and community!
#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #kenya #nonprofit #james127#orpahnsandwidows #orphans #bungoma #changingtheirstory

 Hospital included with campus!

Hospital included with campus!

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guest house near main house

 2 building school campus with 10 classrooms! (prior location of Lavin Academy)

2 building school campus with 10 classrooms! (prior location of Lavin Academy)

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A blessing given is a blessing lived by all!

posted on behalf of Jeff from Facebook

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These are pictures from a recent visit we made to members of the church we planted at Mercy Home. The family is living in extreme poverty (and yet tried to gift us with 2 cabbages). They have 7 children living at home and have had 5 children die. 2 of their kids have sickle cell so we were able to get them set up for the vitamins they need to prevent them from going into sickle cell crisis, which is very painful and requires being admitted to the hospital. The family is currently living in two 8x8 thatch-roofed huts with wet floors due to all the recent rain we've been getting. They have no beds or mattresses and the couch has no cushions. So all the kids sleep on the wet floors. They desperately need a new home.

Thanks be to God! Before we had a chance to post this need, Steph talked to a woman seeking to bless families here in Kenya. The generous donor sent $500 last night, enough to build this family a new house!! Praise God, these kids will not be sleeping on the wet ground any more! The family could still use beds if you would like to chip in. For $500 more we can provide beds, mattresses and blankets for the whole family in their new house if a few of you wanted to help us help this poor family.

 Thank you everyone for praying, sharing, and supporting the work here. So many lives are being changed, and not just physically, but spiritually. Soli Deo gloria!

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These two 8x8 huts are currently sleeping 2 adults and 7 children. It's rainy season, so it rains nearly every day. When you sit inside, you can see daylight through gaps in the thatched roofs..

 What a blessing it will be to this family to have a new house!! God willing, they will have beds too!   

 Steph is holding little Shantel.

Steph is holding little Shantel.

Shantel is about 1 year old and has a sister named Stephanie who is about 3. They are the granddaughters of the family living here. The father is not around and the mother has been gone for a long time seeking work, but has been unable to send the family any money yet. So there were actually 9 kids living here. The grandparents asked us to take Shantel and Stephanie to Mercy Home. We have taken them in while we try to help the family get stabilized. Poor Shantel just got over malaria, but we took her to the hospital today as she was still not feeling well. Turns out she also has a bacterial infection.

#MercyChildrensHome #Kenya #Bungoma #NeemaCommuniyChurch#nonprofit #SoliDeogloria #james127

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2 opportunities to help us!

posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook.

Opportunity #1

Christmas is just 6 months away and will be here before you know it, so it isn't too early to start shopping now. We've had a couple people offer to have online parties like this to help us raise money for the new property God is calling us to. Every little bit helps. Allison Bailey has launched an AFM benefit Norwex sale opportunity! If you are interested in cleaning products without all the toxic chemicals add yourself to this group. These Norwex products will help you improve your life and profits will go to us to improve ours! I hear they even have a make-up removing cloth!
Thanks for your support and please share with your friends.

If you don't use Facebook and want to go straight to the shopping page that generates 25% to AFM then click this button! 

 Click this image to be taken to the Norwex About-Face Missions private party group.

Click this image to be taken to the Norwex About-Face Missions private party group.


Opportunity #2

Here's another way you can help support Mercy Home! Amanda Berger with Trades of Hope will be donating 100% of her profit to MCH for our land purchase. Purchasing from Trades of Hope helps women out of poverty and our mission in Kenya to grow. Please join this group and let me or Amanda know if you have any questions. Feel free to share this group with your friends and family.

 #mercychildrenshome #aboutfacemissions #nonprofit #james127#orphans #kenya

 Click image to visit AFM Trades of Hope benefit shopping group!

Click image to visit AFM Trades of Hope benefit shopping group!

Click button below to go directly to benefit shopping page! 

Please we ask you to visit both of these sites and give their products a try and enjoy blessings of living well and helping About-Face Missions support more needy families and neglected children in western Kenya, one of the poorest places on earth! Every sale here or dollar given matters!

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Our Sweet Minnie

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Goodness my life here in Kenya is so blessed! Our sweet Minnie is gaining weight so well and she has quite the sweet personality. She is all about smiling and she is starting to laugh. She is loved by everyone.

In case you have missed it we are raising funds for a 7 acre fully developed property that would house, educate (school) and provide medical care for us! We have 2 awesome Momma's hosting fundraisers for us right now through home based business. One party is for Norwex, chemical free cleaning products and the other is through Trades of Hope, they have all kinds of pretty things. Both sweet ladies will be donating their profits to help us buy this property. If you need help finding those groups (they are posted on my page) let me know and I can add you! Thank you for all of your prayers and support! Big things are happening here and Kenya because that how God works! We will continue to lean on Him and follow His will for Mercy Children's Home. #aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #nonprofit #james127 #orphans#bungoma #kenya #streetboysnomore #thankyou #prayersplease

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Kenyan village life for some children.

 This is the worst case we have seen. I can't wait to see his feet all healed up.

This is the worst case we have seen. I can't wait to see his feet all healed up.

Griffen, around 10 years old, showed up at our home today, alone and asking to come and live with us. His story is so sad, but the condition his feet made me cry ๐Ÿ’”. His father died about 3 years ago from HIV. His mother, a drunkard, went to a funeral a week ago while Griffen was at school. She locked the door to their home and has yet to return. So poor Griffen has been locked out of his home for a week, has no idea when or if his mother will be back and has been forced to stay with an uncle who treats him poorly. His feet have been taken over by jiggers. His toes are now very infected, so much so that he can't relax them. They just stick straight out and he has to walk to school everyday. This can kill him if not treated.

 All the dark spots are holes and jigger "homes".

All the dark spots are holes and jigger "homes".

Why? Why do his feet look like this? Why hasn't his mother helped him? Why hasn't a teacher at his school helped him? Why has a neighbor not helped him? Why is someone not stepping up and being his voice? These are all questions I just don't understand, but I'm asking them with my first world knowledge all while trying to understand in my third world life. This child is in constant pain and just forced to live that way because others haven't helped him. Griffen is part of my why...he's part of the reason we came here and he is part of the reason we stay.

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."John 14:18

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #kenya #changingtheirstory#james127 #john1418 #orphans #bungoma #jiggers

 At the hospital getting Griffen's feet tended to and Brendan an antibiotic injection. It cost us $18 to treat his feet today and Caitie and I will finish treating him at home.

At the hospital getting Griffen's feet tended to and Brendan an antibiotic injection. It cost us $18 to treat his feet today and Caitie and I will finish treating him at home.

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Help wanted! and Help is on the way!

Posted for Stephanie Bys from Facebook on the 22nnd

Help wanted and needed for Mercy Children's Home and it doesn't require you to leave your home! ๐Ÿ˜€

1. We need about 4 people (I'm open to more than that) to help run a Facebook group that will hold auctions of donated items to benefit Mercy Children's Home.

2. We need MANY people willing to donate items and or services that will be auctioned off in the group above. (Shipping within the US will need to be paid for by the donor.)

This would be a huge blessing to us at Mercy Home. Jeff and I are just too busy to effectively organize and run a group like this or we would just do it. I've seen and been a part of groups like this that are able to raise a good amount money for their purpose. Once we have the admins set up and the group open we can work on a list with pictures of each donation. If you are able to help admin and run this group please private message me on FB.

Thank you for your support and prayers!
#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome#nonprofit #james127 #changingtheirstory #kenya#streetboysnomore #streetboycrisis#helpushelpthem 
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( PS...  several have volunteered to help us get this auction site launched!  Praise God! )

 Pic of Wilbur because he's adorable, his smile lights up the whole room and I just found his selfie on my phone. Also the stains on his teeth are from the glue he use to sniff daily, he does brush, promise!

Pic of Wilbur because he's adorable, his smile lights up the whole room and I just found his selfie on my phone. Also the stains on his teeth are from the glue he use to sniff daily, he does brush, promise!

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5 more Praises to God!!

 Introducing Samuel !  Who we intook directly from his crisis living situation to Bungoma West Hospital but he is now well and being introduced into our life at MCH!

Introducing Samuel !  Who we intook directly from his crisis living situation to Bungoma West Hospital but he is now well and being introduced into our life at MCH!

Mercy Home update!

1. Jeff's leg is A LOT better! Praise the Lord for that because once I realized we were dealing with MRSA I was freaked out about how long he had been walking around with this infection. I have a recent picture should you medical people want to see it.

2. โ€ŽSamuel came home today! We were there when the Dr's were doing rounds this morning and one Dr said she didn't think Samuel would make it one more day when he first came in. It is such a blessing to get to see these children live and thrive. However, we now have a hospital expense of $820 to cover, but we know he is worth it and God will provide for Samuel.

 Aspen, Silale and her twin Gracie! These girls are happy Silale is better.

Aspen, Silale and her twin Gracie! These girls are happy Silale is better.

3. โ€ŽWe didn't announce it, but we also had another little one in the hospital for a few days. Silale (See-La-Lay) had malaria and was treated at home, but she never fully bounced back. After taking her for testing it was discovered that she also had a bacterial infection and very low blood count so she needed to stay and get a blood transfusion. During her stay she was tested for HIV twice. Both test gave different answers, so her blood has been sent off for a 3rd test. Please pray that there would be no HIV found in her blood work. Please also pray for money to come in to cover all of these medical expenses, we've been hit extremely hard lately with 3 in the hospital, one of those 3 required surgery and we've had a lot of dental work done. The only money we have to pull from is our weekly budget and land/finish Mercy Home fund. We are trusting God to cover these funds as we believe that each child here was brought to us by God. All while He knew their exact needs, so we continue to trust and follow Him.

4. Our 3 little babies we took in are doing great! Minnie is gaining weight daily, she is no longer malnourished and she is even getting a little chunky. Gracious and Joy are eating and responding so well! Both girls are interacting with us more and more and they never turn away food.

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5. We have been hugely blessed with a new sponsor, a business that has committed to supporting Mercy Home monthly! We have been praying for our donor base to grow and God is answering that prayer. You will now see their logo on our newsletters and website in recognition of their love. A huge thank you, which is never enough, goes out to Mike Mazyck Realty of North Texas! Anyone who has a business and wants to sponsor any of AFM Ministry's work can do so by contacting David at david@afm.ngo for more information.

Thank you for following along, loving us, sharing our journey and giving when the Lord guides you to. The children you are supporting here are worth every single penny!

Added note from DC Shelton: We also want to shout out a huge THANK YOU for our other two business sponsors who have been helping us for months now, Charity Center Kenya, and Five Plus Two Ministries that you will now see on our website and email updates! Thank you all who give, whether $5 or $5000 You are helping us change lives and literally save lives in Kenya for Jesus! We need you all to do this well. 

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #james127 #orphans #kenya#bungoma #nonprofit

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WELCOME to our new Samuel!

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Samuel has been a "Mercy Home Kiddo" for 3 days now, but he has yet to come to Mercy Home because he is sick and in the hospital. On Wednesday we received a call from a doctor at a local government hospital. She told us that she had a boy who was 7 years old, HIV+ and in great need. So with that information we sent our social worker to the hospital to check out his situation. Once she arrived at the hospital and got a bit of information we learned that this boy needed help quickly. Help his grandparents couldn't give him. His grandfather said he couldn't afford the medications needed, couldn't keep up with the HIV medications he was on (he hadn't taken them in at least 2 months), couldn't get the blood transfusion the hospital said he needed (this hospital wasn't even equipped to do it either) so he was going to take Sweet Samuel back home and drop him off with his sick grandmother.

Our Sweet Samuel was going to be left at home to die. So what do you do when faced with getting him the care he desperately needs, which will cost us (Mercy Home) a great deal of money or allowing him to return home and die? I know that sounds harsh, but that was literally our reality on Wednesday. Everyone I know would choose life, just like we did on Wednesday. Samuel has had all the odds stacked against him...he's a double orphan, HIV+, severely malnourished (he weighs 14 kgs or 30 lbs) and he lived with elderly grandparents who don't understand and can't keep up with the medications and nutrition that an HIV patient requires.

Since being at the hospital it has been confirmed that he has malaria, his blood count is in fact extremely low causing him to need 2 bags of blood, he has thrush in his mouth causing painful open sores and he has about 6 new medications in addition to his 3 HIV medications. If Samuel didn't get the care he needed he would have died. He was too sick with a weakened immune system and severely malnourished. His body couldn't just bounce back from this without medical intervention.

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So thank you! Thank you for putting us in a position where we could consider stepping in and changing the direction Samuel's life was headed. Thank you for listening to the Lord and helping us meet the needs of these children time and time again. If you would like to help us cover Sweet Samuel's hospital bill (we do not have a total yet, but we assume it will be $300-$500+) you can go to afm.ngo/donate and mark it for Samuel or Mercy medical.

We have been quiet the last couple of days because Jeff and I both have had malaria, but we've been so busy we haven't been able to just rest. The moment we can we fall asleep and we (and by we I mean me ;) have a 2 month-old who still wakes up in the middle of the night. Praise God that malaria isn't near as harsh on us as it used to be. We are bouncing back much faster and able to keep working at some level during our sickness! Thank you a million times more for your prayers, support and love for Mercy Children's Home!

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #orphans #james127 #theleastofthese #hivpositive #thankyouforgivingtotheLord #kenya #bungoma #nonprofit

(Samuel is feeling much better today and will be released tomorrow morning to come home! we also still need to retire our $2400 debt for Jeff's medical bills that we had to borrow from our construction land fund. Pray about about anything you can do to help us meet these two important needs) 

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More Bys (BEESE) Family adventures!

Quick update!

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We ran into town today to finish our unfinished errands from yesterday, but Jeff was feeling terrible. I decided we should go have blood work done "real quick" and see why he felt so bad. Turns out he has malaria, so he got 1 injection and oral meds and he is already feeling a little better๐Ÿ’œ. We had another issue at school today with 2 of our boys ๐Ÿ˜ญ. I just don't understand the Kenyan way of "disciplining", please pray that we can get to the bottom of it in a peaceful manner. I'm pretty much full on "Mama bear" right now and that isn't peaceful. This week is packed full...I'm not sure why it is so busy, but it seems like we have a meeting of some sort each day and multiple meetings some days. I was able to get Jeff some probiotics, I hope they are good and help rebuild his good fit bacteria. Here's a picture of our "Zekey Boy" in big boy clothes that use to be Reed's when we first moved to Kenya! I swear he is such a happy baby, but he refused to smile for me! Thanks for all of your prayers!
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Happy birthday to our 15 year-old twins!

These two are quite close and decided that they were twins! Dan, like many of our kids, didn't know his birthday. So when we let him choose one, he chose the same day as Karson's. They picked supper together tonight; goat stew with rice. They also designed their bright red cake with sprinkles. โค๏ธ

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Dan has lived with us for over a year now! He's doing pretty good. He's at the top of his class and is a natural leader. We have definitely gone through trials with Dan as well, but that is to be expected with all he has been through. Dan is a tough case. He doesn't know his family and he had been living on the streets for as long as he could remember. He has been through some tough stuff. We thank God for bringing us to Dan, and if we were unable to help any other orphans, just helping Dan and giving him a chance would have been worth everything we have been through. We love Dan and we thank God for him.

And wow! Just like that, Karson is 15! He was one of our most challenging children for about 8 years, but now he just amazes us with his maturity! He's a large part of our mission here in Kenya. We can give him a task and he will see it through. He can corral the boys, direct others in what they should be doing, he is my protector (and translator) when Jeff isn't able to be with me and he takes that job seriously, and he can divide the kids and organize a football (soccer) game. I'm surprised at what a strong leader he is and how he actually listens when we speak ๐Ÿ˜‚. If you knew Karson 2+ years ago, he is a different person now. He has grown so much, and I don't just mean his height! (He is now taller than me and his father, haha) He is now counting down the days until he is 16 and can drive a motorbike. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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Mercy Home PRAISES and prayer request!

 Minnie loves to smile at us! Our pretty girl is chunking up.

Minnie loves to smile at us! Our pretty girl is chunking up.

๐ŸŽถPRAISES!๐ŸŽถ
*Minnie is doing great! She eats well and has out grown her diapers that were too big on her when we got her. She is responding to us with smiles and she starting to "talk" to us.

*The twins are doing phenomenal! Today for breakfast they each ate 3 eggs, a banana and they drank some chai. They are eating so good! Gracious is trying to crawl and Joy wears the biggest smile most of the time.

*Wesley is gaining his strength back and laughing and interacting with our other children. Before coming here he had basically given up on life so he had a hard transition, then was hospitalized for 10 days, then more hard transition. But he is coming around and I see Joy in his face on a regular basis now.

*Praise God for all of the help and advice we received when asking about Jeff's leg. It was very helpful and instrumental in getting him the care he needed.

*Jeff is home! He was in the hospital Wednesday through Saturday, but it felt like a month to me ๐Ÿ˜‚. I'm so glad he's feeling better and back home. His wound is very clean now and for the most part the infection is gone and the pain has lessened.

*Jeff has been battling this infection for months, it turned out to be MRSA and in all honesty it could have caused his lower leg to be amputated or it could have killed him. Thank God for his protection.

*We have added 2 new staff members this week. Both are young men who are new believers from our local village. Jeff has been discipling them and this will allow him to spend more time with them.

*We have visitors coming again this year!!!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ


๐Ÿ’œPrayer Requests๐Ÿ’œ

*Jeff's leg would continue to respond to treatment and he would have complete healing.

*Jeff and I need to return to Nairobi soon to check in with immigration. Please pray for safe travels and health and safety in our home while we are gone.

*Jeff's medical bill was double what we thought it would be๐Ÿ˜ฎ. $1,426.40 for surgery, meds and his care for 3 days. We are incredibly grateful for his care and realize this same situation in America would have cost $25,000 or more. We need prayers for funds to cover this bill so it doesn't pull from our weekly budget or finishing the unfinished dorm room.

 Joy, her big beautiful smile and Aspen! Aspen has just fallen in love with Joy and Gracious. Today she decided that she could change their diapers and clothes. I must say she did an outstanding job!

Joy, her big beautiful smile and Aspen! Aspen has just fallen in love with Joy and Gracious. Today she decided that she could change their diapers and clothes. I must say she did an outstanding job!

*The 2 new staff members are new believers and previously struggled with drinking too much. Please pray that they would continue to grow in the Lord.

*We've been made aware of 3 children from 2 different families who have been orphaned that need to come here. 2 of those children are HIV+ one of them just 3 years old. Please pray for them and for wisdom for us and that funds would be provided if they are to be here with us.

*We have some important decisions to make about future ministry work here. Please pray that the Lord would make His will known to us and order our steps.

Thank you for sharing in our joys and supporting us through prayers, donations and sharing our posts. Thank you for blessing the lives of these children and our village. ๐Ÿ’œ
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Wound operation successful!!

(Posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

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fancy hospital labels!

They ended up putting him to sleep with anesthesia!  I'm assuming there was just miscommunication about that part, that is very common here. I got to the hospital while they were cleaning out his leg and didn't realize he had been put to sleep until I saw him in the hall waiting to be moved into his room. I thought he was just laying there resting until I saw his face with his eyes open, but he was completely unresponsive ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. Yikes...he wasn't even hooked up to any kind of machine or oxygen. After about an hour he woke up and was in a lot of pain. Once his pain was under control he wanted me to go get him pizza and a salad! Needless to say he gets whatever he wants!

Doctor said they had a lot of cleaning out to do because there was a lot of infection in that area...even 3 or more inches above the wound. The infection was in the muscle, but not the bone.

Praise God it wasn't any worse than it was and pray that they can keep his pain under control. He is resting now after his pizza and has mashed potatoes and meat coming for dinner! Thanks for all of your prayers!

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Progress on Jeff's treatment!

 Amenities๐Ÿ˜‚. Slippers, toilet paper, toothbrush, Colgate (any brand of tooth paste is Colgate here), body soap, mafuta (Vaseline) and a bath towel (it is the size of a hand towel). Oh and if you run out of any of these things during your stay you are required to purchase your own ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

Amenities๐Ÿ˜‚. Slippers, toilet paper, toothbrush, Colgate (any brand of tooth paste is Colgate here), body soap, mafuta (Vaseline) and a bath towel (it is the size of a hand towel). Oh and if you run out of any of these things during your stay you are required to purchase your own ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

We've had a busy day. We left the house at 8:15 so we could get to the hospital early. Not only were we getting Jeff's leg checked out, but we had 4 children needing dental work done ($260 worth) and Karson has something going on with one of his toes. At the hospital we go to we are well known. The head Dr and owner of the hospital has even donated food and money to us, he is a really nice man.

The first doctor we met with looked at Jeff's leg and ordered antibiotic injections (basically an IV, but he would be able to go home) once we got to the pharmacy (at the hospital) I realized he wrote the Rx for 1 per day for 10 days. That was not the advice that our friends told us so Jeff called the head doctor and we headed to his office.

 Jeff's cozy room. There are 2 beds, but they won't put anyone in with him, usually I would stay with him, but babies need me this time!

Jeff's cozy room. There are 2 beds, but they won't put anyone in with him, usually I would stay with him, but babies need me this time!

Head doctor said Jeff need to be admitted so they could clean out the wound and do 3 days of IV antibiotics. He also called another doctor on staff to come and look at his leg and she agreed with him. So we left the hospital to come home and get his things and took him back.

His IV port is in, they took some blood and have him his first round of antibiotics. I'm sure he will sleep well tonight, Kenya hospitals are not like American hospitals. Jeff isn't hooked up to any machines and they are pretty much hands off unless you call them or they need to give you medication. Often times they will leave some of your medications with you and just tell you how often to take it. ๐Ÿ˜‚

So we are expecting this bill to be about $700, but it could always be higher. We've never had a wound cleaned out, but I do know they are going to use local anesthetic and it will happen in "theater" so I'm sure that will add some cost.

All in all Jeff is doing well and God is so good. He's had this spot under his ankle for a long time, he even stood in a dirty creek baptizing new believers with this open wound. Not smart I know, but he was on antibiotics so we figured it would be "okay". This infection could have easily caused a lot more damage than it has.

 Toilet, shower and sink all in one small space. Notice there is no toilet seat/kid, that is the Kenyan way.

Toilet, shower and sink all in one small space. Notice there is no toilet seat/kid, that is the Kenyan way.

 The shower side and for the most part they keep this hospital very clean!

The shower side and for the most part they keep this hospital very clean!

Thank you for all of your advice, love, prayers and support! If you are able to help us cover this medical bill just mark it for Jeff's medical and it will get applied to that. I will update more tomorrow once we have talked to the doctors.
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Jeff's leg infection not going away

(Posted on behalf of Stephanie from Facebook -click here for FB post)

          For the last 2 months Jeff has had an infection in his lower leg. Early on it was diagnosed and treated as cellulitis, then a place just below his ankle opened up and drained and drained. At the beginning of May we had it cultured and it was determined that it was a Staph infection. Since then (strayed taking them May 16th) he has been on 2 different kinds of antibiotics, but still has a major infection going on. The open sore is about the size of a nickel and while it isn't necessarily getting worse it isn't getting any better. Anyone have any suggestions (natural or medical)? We are being seen at the best hospital in our area and I feel like we are getting good care, but this isn't resolving. Most days the pain isn't much (as long as the area isn't touched), but some days it hurts him without any real visible change. I do have a picture of the hole if you want to see it, but it is kind of gross so I won't post it here. Please feel free to share with medical people and or PM me or email us at mercyhome@afm.ngo

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Gracious and Joy are growing, joyfully and graciously!

 our little girl Joy! 

our little girl Joy! 

Look at these happy girls! They are finally "waking up" and showing us their sweet personalities! They were so expressionless and they are developmentally delayed (due to malnutrition) so I was starting to get concerned, but over the last couple of days they have flashing quick smiles for us. Today they have been all smiles! It is such a blessing to get to watch our children grow and change!

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 Gracious loves to be held and she loves Brendan!

Gracious loves to be held and she loves Brendan!

 

A beautiful sight!  

The "little" boys are helping Daddy play a game before bed! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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Singing God's praises for His wonderful blessings

(Posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook)

๐ŸŽถPraise God from whom all blessings flow!๐ŸŽถ

Praise #1-Anna and Mercy (the 2 teens) started school today! I don't have a pic of them in uniform because they didn't get them until after we left, but I should be able to get one in a few days!

Praise #2-We had more than enough money donated to pay for all of their books and supplies and the school under estimated the cost of all the boarding supplies so we spent more than the $600 per girl.

Praise #3-The donated overage will cover a pretty big medical bill we unexpectedly had and some dental work that our children desperately need.

Praise #4-We have a new daughter named Bridgette! Bridgette is a sweet girl who has sickle cell anemia. She came to us during a sickle cell crisis and was required to spend 5 days in the hospital. Sickle cell can be managed, but her family couldn't afford the $2 a month to keep her on vitamins or the proper food. Medical care here is realitivly inexpensive, but if you are admitted to the hospital it can get expensive quickly.

Praise #5-God is good all the time! I will say that in the easy times and the hard times because it is true! On the hardest days we are so blessed to live in Kenya and serve Him!

Thank you for your prayers and support! You have had an impact here bigger than you know!

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I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this but I just couldn't! When I got home from getting the big girls into school Minnie had the cutest bow on! Our sweet, beautiful Caitie crocheted it for her today with the yarn one of our sweet supporters donated funds for! So much love in this one picture! ๐Ÿ˜
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