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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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We're Back from Nairobi!!

Today we arrived back home with our 2 visitors! It was an awesome day and we were blessed with easy and safe travels.

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Ironically enough two years ago today we were traveling the same roads to our new (temporary) home in Kenya. Happy 2 crazy blessed years to us! We had no clue what lay before us but we were as ready as we could be. For anyone who hasn't been following our story from the beginning let me recap "quickly".

•2011 Jeff began to talk about Africa
•2012 Jeff was still talking about Africa and I was a "maybe someday".
•2013 "Africa, Africa, Africa"-Jeff "Don't talk to me about Africa!"-Steph
•2014 Jeff started volunteering with AFM and attempted a trip to Kenya, but it was bad timing so he wasn't able to go.
•2015 "MAYBE, when all the kids are grown I will go to Africa so please stop talking to me about it!"-Steph 🤷🏻‍♂️-Jeff
•2016 Jeff was able to go to Kenya with DC Shelton for 10 days at the end of April. While Jeff was in Kenya God made it abundantly clear that I was to go to Kenya as soon as Jeff wanted to. 😭😭😭 (I REALLY, REALLY did NOT want to move to Kenya EVER, much less so soon.)
•May-November 2016 We sold everything we had and packed 45 bags to permanently move with our 7 youngest children to Kenya.
•December 2016 moved to Bungoma, Kenya.
•January 2017 Had the water well dug and started building our home.
•May 2017 started taking in children
•September-December 2017 many wrangles with the men we came here to work along side with, forcing us to leave our home and we were even put in jail for a short time.
•January 2018 we moved back home with the support of our village and our court case was closed.
•June 2018 Purchased the 1/2 acre our home is built on. (Yes this was done backwards and we learned a lot)
•October 2018 finished the boys' side of the home and painted the majority of the inside of our home! 😁😁😁
•November 2018 Enough funds to purchase the front part of our land was donated. 💜

So here we are 2 years in and I can't imagine living anywhere else. It hasn't always been easy and we have made mistakes along the way, but we have been SO blessed and learned a ton. We now have 90+ children living at Mercy Home, a staff of 20+, a church that meets here weekly and we 2 visitors!

Thank you! Thank you for allowing God to use you in the lives here in our small village. Thank you for caring for orphans and widows. Thank you for building 5 homes for widows and families who need help. Thank you for allowing Jeff to live out his passion by sharing and teaching the gospel. Thank you for loving our children, I can't even explain what that means to me!

I'm crazy excited about this next year! We are hoping to open a school and welcome more visitors! Come and see!

#kenya #james127 #changingtheirstory #changetheirstory#mercychildrenshome #orphansandwidows #nonprofit #aboutfacemissions#streetboycrisis #streetboynomore #missionarylife #missions


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Those who still want to give to our Christmas Mercy Home Celebration event, please click this Mercy Home button to visit our webpage and use the giving options there! God bless you!

And if you have not yet watched our full length documentary yet, what’s keeping you?? click here to watch it all!

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If You've Ever Wondered Why...

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If You've Ever Wondered Why...

If you've ever wondered why we have stayed in Kenya after all of our sickness, after all of our troubles, after being chased from our home, after being physically attacked...

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