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Celebrating Birthdays at Mercy Home - This Week, Rogers

What a great smile!

What a great smile!

Rogers turned 7 years-old this past Tuesday. It is pretty rare to have a birthday week all to yourself at Mercy Home, but Rogers does!

Rogers lives here at Mercy Home with his 5 older siblings. He loves to play banda (marbles) and he also enjoys digging in the dirt and mud. He likes to eat rice and beans, and his favorite Mercy Home brothers to play with are Bravin, Zekieli, Reed, Andrew, and Fadili.

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The hardest parts of Missions

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The hardest parts of Missions

I once thought that when on the ground in Kenya, I thought the hardest part of missions (besides leaving our family) was not having air-conditioning, or maybe the lack of tacos, or even the fact that we didn't have ice, or iced coffee. The first few weeks here I would have said the hardest part of missions were those

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Celebrating Birthdays at Mercy Home - This Week Michelle M., Lucas, and Susan

Michelle in the middle, with Christine (left) and Vennah

Michelle in the middle, with Christine (left) and Vennah

Michelle M is now seven years old. She is a very silly and playful girl. She enjoys playing house and jump rope with the other girls. Michelle attends pre-school at Mercy Christian Academy.

Lucas on the right, along with Zeke (left) and Brian

Lucas on the right, along with Zeke (left) and Brian

Lucas has just turned seven. He is very playful and enjoys playing marbles with the other younger boys. He is funny and very active. He attends kindergarten at Mercy Christian Academy. We thank God for bringing Lucas to us, and his is a story that has affected many. Lucas was living on the streets. Imagine a 6 year-old boy homeless and alone. He became very ill with salmonella from eating food from the trash. Had no one intervened, he likely would have died. Thanks be to God that in His sovereignty, He had other plans for Lucas. Someone found him and was able to get him medical care with the help of a US ministry that knew about us. When Lucas was ready to leave the hospital, he came to Mercy Home to begin a new life. Lucas is now thriving!

Susan with Valentine, ready for school!

Susan with Valentine, ready for school!

Susan on the right, Charity on the left. Photo-bomb courtesy of Moses!

Susan on the right, Charity on the left. Photo-bomb courtesy of Moses!

Susan is now fourteen years old. She is very helpful and almost always has a smile on her face. She enjoys playing with girls of all ages and loves helping with the babies.

Lucas is currently sponsored, but Michelle and Susan are not. If you would like to commit to prayerfully and financially support one of these beautiful girls, please click here for our sponsorship page.

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2 boys…

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2 boys…

This picture was taken in March of 2017. Dan and Dan

This picture was taken in March of 2017. Dan and Dan

2 boys...2 lost boys. Both named Dan. Danny Chapia and Dan Kamau. They ran from their home because basic needs were not being met, there wasn't any money for their school fees and there was abuse. Living on the streets sounded better to their young minds than enduring the painful life they lived. They'd seen other boys living on the street and it didn't look so bad compared to what they were living. But they didn't know just how harsh the streets would be to them or how long they would stay there. Being a streetboy seems to be an endless cycle. Often times if the child tries to return home they are rejected or the same old struggles are there so they return to the streets again and again. Most streetboys desire to go to school, yet they are addicted to glue and can't just stop on their own, so school isn't an option without a home to live in. In Kenya streetboys are viewed as trash so not many are willing to open their home or hearts to these boys.

When we met them and I learned some of their story my heart broke. Every child deserves to have a family. I couldn't imagine a child hating their home life so much that they'd rather live on the streets. But, I was new to Kenya and didn't yet realize the harsh side of Kenya. While I'll never fully understand it, I have a better picture of it now. If there is love, food and safety missing from your home you start to question things and see no real reason to stay. Lots of times alcohol abuse is involved and often it is a family issue, so they don't have the option to just go and stay with an aunt or grandma.

This picture was taken in June of 2019 💙💙💙. Danny Chapia and Dan Kamau

This picture was taken in June of 2019 💙💙💙. Danny Chapia and Dan Kamau

2 years has gone by and both of these boys still live at Mercy Home. Many of you will likely say they are blessed to be here, but we are the ones who are blessed. We get to help raise these children in a good way. We get to share the Gospel with them on a regular basis. We get to be the one to meet needs that have previously gone unmet. We get to watch the growth, the emotional and physical growth. We are beyond blessed to get to live life with these boys (and every other child living at Mercy Home). We absolutely have hard days, we have had heartbreaking days, but it is worth it. They are worth every tear that is shed and every pain our hearts feel. They are worth every FB post where I feel like I'm begging for money and they are worth every late night we spend talking and planning for their future.

Please keep these boys in your prayers. They have a lot of potential and can do anything they want to do after high school thanks to a support system like you! Pray that they will lean on Him and live their life for Him because we know that He is where true life is found.

If you'd like to learn more about sponsoring any of our beautiful children here at Mercy Home you can go to the link below. 💜

https://afm.ngo/mercy-home-sponsorship

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