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How did we meet?

From Stephanie’s post on Facebook, interested in how many of us came to know them, many are sharing their stories. Click here to visit the post and share your story.

But in the meantime, did you know Dianeh Joy is living with the Bys Family for the next few months to help be a loving helper with the children and however God calls her to serve? She is already filling the airways with praises to God and greater revelations to us all back home sharing her heart and God’s passion He is living out through About-Face Missions in Kenya. Read on to hear her story of coming to know them and God leading her to travel to Kenya…

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I was praying about going on a mission trip and working with orphans. I did not want to do a short term trip, but a couple months at least. In the meantime i kept busy waiting on the call by making and selling shoes to feed the hungry.

I used a hashtag #James1vs27 for most of my posts. My daughter Aura Moore was also praying about a mission trip to Africa and we thought we might go together. On one of her posts I noticed she used the hashtag #james127 and I wondered if anyone else wrote the hashtag that way..

So guess what? I clicked on that hashtag and it took me to posts by Stephanie Bys. It was the day after they had gotten arrested and there was a huge call for everyone to pray. Talk about God!!

I went to their site and read everything I could about their story and looked at all the pictures. I sent Stepanie a message saying. “Please know that you have one more person praying for you” After that i prayed for them day and night, I couldnt get them out of my head. I was even woken up out of a sound sleep a couple of times sitting straight up in bed with the name Stephanie Bys. I’d get up and pray for her then fall right back to sleep. This went on for months as I started following and commenting.

Then i started saying out loud to my family. “I think #MercyChildrensHome is where I am supposed to go. So after about nine months of praying and communicating with DC Shelton, President of #AboutFaceMissions and Stephanie and Jeff Bys. I arrived in Kenya on my 60th Birthday!!

I have been here two weeks and I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to serve here. The current plan is for me to stay for four months, 120 days which is three 40 day periods of time. (I prayed that God would make the length of time I stayed meaningful too) This has certainly impacted my life. My prayer is that God will continue to bless and provide for this ministry. I pray to God that my going will help open up the way for others to come and also to generously support this ministry. This is truly a work of God.

I have seen first hand the love and devotion that Jeff and Stephanie and their children pour into this home and these kids. They have a Godly staff and the community is being impacted for Christ as well. It dawned on me that these are not just children they are caring for, these orphans and at risk kids, are growing up to be men and women of God whose lives and eternity has been changed because of this obedient and selfless family.

I pray that many people would recognize how much help is really needed here and trust God to give, not out only out of our abundance, but out of our lack as well. We will then see the great things God can do through that kind of giving. God bless you all.
— Dianeh Joy, from Facebook post on this string

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too long since I posted an update!

Zeke and Violet

Zeke and Violet

So it has been way too long since I posted an update, but here a little bit about why! Jeff left town on Sunday morning for a conference in Nairobi so I've been the one dealing with everything. Running a children's home is no easy task. Usually if we have an employee issue Jeff deals with that, if we have a disciplinary issue with a boy Jeff deals with that, if we have a staff meeting Jeff runs that, if we have people show up asking for a job Jeff deals with that, if we have some building going Jeff deals with that, anytime we have major behavior issues to address Jeff is involved with that, but the last few days all of that has fallen on me plus the normal life of being a Mama to many! I feel a little frazzled and torn on what to do next because I always have something to do next. Oh did I mention I don't sleep much when Jeff's gone and I have some sort of infection where my impacted molar is? I promise you I'm not complaining, life here is so good even when I'm frazzled and without my love by my side!

 A brother and a sister about 5 and 6 years old with bad jiggers we are helping

 A brother and a sister about 5 and 6 years old with bad jiggers we are helping

Today Karson sprayed 5 homes for jiggers. A few days ago we met a woman who had many jiggers even in her hands. 💔 So she and several of her neighbors were treated and had their homes sprayed today.

Next up on our agenda is to get the kids ready for school, they start back Monday for the final term of this year. We are currently trying to make sure each child has a pair of shoes to wear 😂😂 and I will likely have to buy several pairs this weekend.

Our sweet Lexy girl! Lord please send us to the right places with the right doctors for her! 💜

Our sweet Lexy girl! Lord please send us to the right places with the right doctors for her! 💜

Friday Jeff and I will travel to pick up a little girl (Lexy) with special needs. What her exact needs are we aren't sure, with complex issues it can be hard to get a real diagnosis. She is 3 and can't walk or talk, but she can hear and she eats just fine! Jeff just today made a new connection with a hospital we are hoping will be able to give us some real answers. Please pray for Lexy! She need LOTS of prayers and so do we as her parents, we want to help her in any way that we can.

Totally unrelated (told you I felt frazzled 🤪) but Jeff got told today (by a guy from the US) that he sounded like he was native to Kenya 😭😭😭 our Texas is gone!!!! 😭😭😭 I have noticed how "country" others sound when we video chat and I knew it had to be because our accent had changed! But I'm still saying y'all and my Kenyan accent won't stop that!

Thanks for following this crazy, joy filled journey God has us on!

Random pictures because it has been a while!

#mercychildrenshome #aboutfacemissions #james127 #nonorofit#byebyejiggers #orphans

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Blown away by God's goodness

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Posted from facebook for Stephanie

Up late, deep in thoughts and completely blown away by God's goodness. Monday, was an overwhelming day, if you saw the pictures of John's feet you know why.

fused toes, one fallen off and maggot infested. 

fused toes, one fallen off and maggot infested. 

I've not seen anything that bad...ever. But for a moment I was so torn...I knew we didn't have the money to cover what needed to be done, but I also knew we had to get him help. Being in the field and in the moment is so hard sometimes. Juggling what we are faced with and our budget is even harder. We've recently been in talks with the President of AFM about our budget and our many ministry needs and I was just sure he was going to be upset about this risk that we took. I also know him pretty well and knew he would understand at some level, but I won't lie, the anxiety was very real when posting John's need.

But God! God provided peace and more money than the estimated bill in just hours about $633 in all! Now, assuming his bill is around $400 we will be able to do some repairs on his roof (many of his iron sheets need to be re-nailed down) and get him all set up to continue treatment at home. John told us today that he was born in 1926, but he doesn't look 92 to me. His wife has passed away and so has his only son. However old he is or however long he has left to live life on this Earth I hope it is better than the previous 12 years that he has been battling podoconiosis (Mossy Foot).

Thank you, those words always seems so simple and never enough, but that is all I have. Thank you for all of your prayers, shares and donations! It fills my heart with joy to see y'all jump in and help John! You are making a difference in lives here, you are changing stories. Not only are you helping John, but others are watching and learning. Others are seeing that God provides, others are blown away when we share the stories of how much money God has provided in just hours. It is such a blessing to get to do this work and share in this JOurneY.

#mercychildrenshome #thankyou #aboutfacemissions #kenya #nonprofit#podoconiosis #mossyfoot #changingtheirstory #Godprovides

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Sweet sleeping babies! 😍😍😍


#aboutfacemissions #changingtheirstory #james127 #mercychildrenhome#orphans #john1418 #kenya

Sometimes you just gotta admire what God is doing, by looking at these beauties!

Gracious and Joy 😍😍

Gracious and Joy 😍😍

Ezekiel Valor 😍

Ezekiel Valor 😍

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