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Day of Love and Joy! Thank you!

posted for Stephanie from Facebook. 

Blessing of a wonderful donor to rebuild the Burungasi family a new home!

Blessing of a wonderful donor to rebuild the Burungasi family a new home!

Today has been a day full of L๐Ÿ’œVE! We woke up to an email that a family donated $500 to send 4 children back to school and to provide them and their widowed Grandmother with an adequate home! What a huge blessing that is! Then we received a call that we had 3 bags of toys from America waiting for us in town. Today was like Christmas for Mercy Home! We have been hugely blessed and loved well!

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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!
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Hospital included with campus!

Hospital included with campus!

guest house near main house

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.

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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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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. 

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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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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
#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #james127 #changingtheirstory#orphans #praisetheLord #kenya #bungoma #prayersplease #blessings

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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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#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory #kenya#nonprofit #james127 #bungoma #theleastofthese #streetboycrisis #streetboys #orphans #prayersplease

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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˜
#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome#changingtheirstory #kenya #nonprofit #james127#bungoma #theleastofthese #orphans #crochet#love

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One down. One to go!

(posted from FB on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

Mercy's (Mama of the twins) school fees have been paid 100%!  She will start school on Monday morning.

Mercy,  the teen mother of our twins Joy and Gracious. 

Mercy,  the teen mother of our twins Joy and Gracious. 

This is Anna, 16 yrs old and mother to the baby we now call Minnie. We are trying to get the needed funds for her to start Monday. 

This is Anna, 16 yrs old and mother to the baby we now call Minnie. We are trying to get the needed funds for her to start Monday. 

At this point Anna will not be able to attend because the $600 hasn't been donated for her. For these 2 girls this could be a life changing situation. Their family is poor, not American poor, literally no food in the house poor. Their families don't have power in the home which makes studying hard since they don't get out of school until 5pm or later. They are likely the most educated (freshman in high school) in that home, leaving no one to help tutor them when they stuck on school work. They often feel the burden of no money and no food and will skip on school and school work to try and earn some money for the family. Their babies almost died because they weren't being fed properly. The grandfather to the 1 year old twins said if it wasn't for us they would be burying those babies. I can't even imagine that being a reality.

All 3 babies were hospitalized for malnutrition. All 3 babies are are doing better and gaining weight now. Can you help change this 16 year old's story? Can you help her go back to school so she can do something in the future besides struggle? I realize $600 is a lot of money, but that is what she needs to go to school and get back on the right track. If we can get that amount donated TODAY we can shop for the items needed tomorrow and she can start school with Mercy on Monday!

Please pray and share! Thank you for all of your support. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory #kenya #nonprofit #james127#thankyou #orphans #bungoma #theleastofthese #prayersplease


Update! $300 is being sent in right now! Can we get the other $300 before tomorrow so I can shop for both of them after church?


UPDATE #2! We've had another $100 donated so we now just need $200 for Anna to start school on Monday. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ


UPDATE #3! A third donor has donated another $100! We are just $100 away from Anna starting school on Monday! It is 10:30pm here and I'm sick so I'm about to go to sleep, but I will update y'all tomorrow, hopefully from town while I'm shopping for both girls' supplies! 

โ™ซโ™ช Praise God from whom all blessing flow! โ™ซโ™ชโ™ช

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Helping the "mama" girls...

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Helping the "mama" girls...

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie)

Anna (blue shirt) is the Mama to Minnie and Mercy (purple shirt) is the Mama to Joy and Gracious.

Anna & Joy  Hoping for a better life for themselves and their babies. 

Anna & Joy  Hoping for a better life for themselves and their babies. 

To be honest I'm not sure how we ended up bringing them to Mercy Home. Both times we went to the hospital to pick up malnourished babies and we also brought their Mama's home too. The only reason I can come up with is that we couldn't also leave them in the same situation that had their children malnourished. Their village is riddled with extreme poverty. Kenyan poverty is way different than American poverty. Let me share some of the things I saw while in their village. At Anna's home there was no food, when her sister came home for lunch she learned there was no lunch for her there. As we were leaving, our social worker asked me to give the girl 20 shillings (20 cents) so she could get some lunch on her way back to school. At Mercy's home there was no real toilet...there was a hole in the ground, but no walls so basically there is no privacy. When looking for Mercy's school documents it was discovered that they were ruined when their home flooded during a heavy rain. Also we could tell there was little food in the home because the small children that were home for lunch only had a small amount of beans. Also the family dog (not a pet like we have in America, just a dog for security) was literally starving to death, it was so sad, but when there is little food for the family, there is no food for the animals.

So here we are with 2 teen Mamas who really want to return to school and now with their girls being cared for it is possible. Anna wants to be a doctor and Mercy wants to be a nurse. The only thing keeping them from going to school is money. Each girl needs about $600 per year ($405 to the school, the rest for required items pictures below) to attend and board at Bungoma Baptist Girls' High School. Both of these girls are committed to working hard and we are committed to helping them as much as we can. Why boarding and why an all girls school? Because they are behind and they need to focus only on school. Both girls have been pressured into situations that have lead to them being young Mamas and boarding at an all girls school helps control the environment a lot. During breaks the girls will return here so they can visit their babies.

Can you help us to help them get back to school? If they are able to finish high school and then attend college they will be able to have a good future and break the poverty cycle they come from. Thank you for all of your prayers and support in bringing their little girls home. Those girls (and we too) have been so blessed by the love you have been pouring out on them. They don't understand it yet, but I promise they will know that y'all love and care for them!

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory #kenya#nonprofit #james127 #thankyou #orphans #bungoma #theleastofthese#prayersplease 

100 Kenyan Shillings as priced above is approximately equal to 1 US dollar.

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Lives changed; changing lives...

(posted on behalf of Kepha Papa from Facebook) 

Diz people actually have changed my life. Thank u God for giving me such friendly friends.

Jeff and Stephanie Bys at at local hospital with Kepha and Nickson their faithful assistants and boda boda (Motorcycle) drivers. 

Jeff and Stephanie Bys at at local hospital with Kepha and Nickson their faithful assistants and boda boda (Motorcycle) drivers. 

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Introducing to you Gracious and Joy!

Our newest rescue at AFM Mercy Children's Home in Kenya! 

Little Gracious and her sister Joy. 

Little Gracious and her sister Joy. 

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

We successfully picked up the twins today. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€ We now have 4 sets of twins. These girls are tiny realistically they are the size of a small 6 month old. Please keep them in your prayers as they transition to our home. Thank you for all of the help bringing them home!!
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Gracious and Joy are 1 year and 1 month old and Zeke is 10 months old. He is much bigger and sturdier than the girls for now.

Gracious and Joy are 1 year and 1 month old and Zeke is 10 months old. He is much bigger and sturdier than the girls for now.

Sweet little girls ๐Ÿ’œ

Sweet little girls ๐Ÿ’œ

In some places their skin is peeling because the edema was so bad.

In some places their skin is peeling because the edema was so bad.

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BUGS!! Kumbe kumbe!

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

Kumbe kumbe! Frequently along the side of the road you will see ladies selling these. Over a year ago I asked Nickson what they were and he wasn't able to translate it for me. So for over a year I have assumed these were some type of roasted seed. Hoping one day to figure it out and try some of these "seeds". Well Friday all my questions were answered and I was so grossed out. They are fried termites...fried termites! I think we have 2 kids and myself who've not ever eaten them but the rest of our home has (excluding the babies of course).

We paid 10 cents for this small amount of bugs. ๐Ÿคข

We paid 10 cents for this small amount of bugs. ๐Ÿคข

Karson and Kepha got some and ate them at 7 in the morning. BUGS, they ate bugs y'all! ๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข๐Ÿคข 
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I swear when you are driving by they look like roasted seeds of some sort. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I swear when you are driving by they look like roasted seeds of some sort. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Marbles from America!

our new variety of marbles made into the continent of Africa and Madagascar

our new variety of marbles made into the continent of Africa and Madagascar

(posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys)

Quick update! Today we picked up marbles from the post office and the kids are just so excited to get marbles "removed from America" ๐Ÿ˜€. Thank you for the marbles and creating some serious excitement in our home. Usually when I get home the kids chant "Mama, Mama, Mama!" Today it was "Banda, banda, banda!!" which is marble in Swahili.

We talked with the social worker from Chwele today and she said the Dr wanted to wait and release the girls on Wednesday. We went to the hospital to make sure they had everything they needed and took them some clothes and blankets. We talked with their Mama for a little bit and she is very sweet. She has asked if we will send her to school. She is 19 and has always been in the top 5 of her class. She's a sweet girl who was pressured into something that had life long consequences. Of course the one who pressured her has moved on with his life and has no such consequences ๐Ÿ’”. Tomorrow I'm going to visit a girls high school in town to get the fee schedule for the other teen girl we just took in. I will inquire for this Mama as well and if we can raise the money for her to go to school I think we should send her as well. After finishing high school she wants to be a nurse, poverty in her village is rampant so I was glad to hear that she had hopes and dreams.

When Karson is interested in picking out baby clothes you buy what he wants! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜ Our Minnie girl is eating great!

When Karson is interested in picking out baby clothes you buy what he wants! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜ Our Minnie girl is eating great!

We feel the LOVE

We feel the LOVE

Yesterday I got word that someone has committed to paying $1000 of Wesley's hospital bill! That is huge because his bill ended up being $2500 and that is more than we were prepared for.

Thank you for your prayers, support and sharing our story. We are so stinking blessed to be here and we know that. Even on the hard days Jeff and are amazed that we are living out our dream and our heart's passion here in Kenya!

#aboutfacemissions #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory #kenya#nonprofit #james127 #thankyou #orphans #bungoma #theleastofthese #orphans

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Jeff's trip to Nairobi with 8 area pastors.

(posted from Facebook on behalf of Jeff Bys)

The Proclaim Conference in Nairobi was awesome!

Thanks to generous donors, I was able to attend along with 8 other pastors from Bungoma and Moi's Bridge.

(This reformed theology conference was held at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Nairobi about 8 hours drive from western Kenya)

It was such an encouragement to get to make much of God and His mission along with about 450 other saints. It is so great to see the evidences of God strengthening His Church in Africa! So many are committed to combating false gospels through the teaching of orthodox Christian views. May Africa turn her back on the false prosperity gospel and 'word of faith' movement and return to the doctrines of the great African theologian Augustine.

See below for images of this wonderful opportunity for these pastors we brought along. for many this is a rare opportunity for such an educational joy and time of fellowship with with pastors from around the country. 

Video of pastors signing "A Fortress" below.

(If you do not see this video link in the email version for those reading the mailchimp email of this, then click the link for read more to watch it from the blog page)

Left to right:  Samson Muyenga Walala , Conrad Sifuna,  Jeff Bys , Leonard Wanyonyi,  Moses Simiyu , Stephen Barasa ,  Moses Wamukota , Bismarch Busolo, and Titus Nyongesa.

Left to right: Samson Muyenga Walala, Conrad Sifuna, Jeff Bys, Leonard Wanyonyi, Moses Simiyu,Stephen BarasaMoses Wamukota, Bismarch Busolo, and Titus Nyongesa.

We had a few unexpected visitors!

We had a few unexpected visitors!

Time for chai!

Time for chai!

ย   I was privileged to get to meet pastor  Michael Maura from Bethesda Baptist Church in Nairobi. โ€” with Michael Maura .

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I was privileged to get to meet pastor Michael Maurafrom Bethesda Baptist Church in Nairobi. โ€” withMichael Maura.

One of the general sessions.

One of the general sessions.

All 8 pastors that attended with me were able to take home each of these resources. I was able to take a set for the library at MCH as well!

All 8 pastors that attended with me were able to take home each of these resources. I was able to take a set for the library at MCH as well!

Leonard from Bungoma on the left along with Moses and Moses from Moi's Bridge.

Leonard from Bungoma on the left along with Moses and Moses from Moi's Bridge.

Thanks to generous donors, we were able to supply these pastors with some of their first theological resources. โ€” with  Moses Wamukota ,  Stephen Barasa ,  Samson Muyenga Walala  and  Moses Simiyu .

Thanks to generous donors, we were able to supply these pastors with some of their first theological resources. โ€” with Moses WamukotaStephen BarasaSamson Muyenga Walala and Moses Simiyu.

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I went to the hospital today...

(posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook May25th)

I went to the hospital today to check on the twin girls. The report from the Dr is that the girls are improving. They have been diagnosed with PEM (protein-energy malnutrition) and edema caused by the PEM. The edema is starting to reduce so the girls are losing weight, but they should start gaining again soon. The hospital suggested that I purchase them some milk because they are supposed to be getting milk every 3 hours. The hospital doesn't have enough milk or funds to supply that much milk, so we went across the street and purchased milk to get them through Monday when they should be ready to be discharged. Also they can sit up, but are not crawling or walking.

I've had some questions asked about what it would cost us to bring them home. So here is an estimated breakdown. If we can get this covered I feel confident that we can really help these girls.

$40 travel to pick the girls up (hire a car)
$30 clear their hospital bill for the last week
$40 clothing/blankets
$55 pack n play (the will be sleeping in our room for sometime and the new baby also sleeps with us๐Ÿ’œ)
$18 Diapers (weekly)
$365 formula (Just to supplement as they can eat real food. 2 bottles per girl per day, 3 cans a week for 2 months should be enough and it doesn't have to be purchased all at once.)

The only reason we need to hire a car is because they won't do well on a motorbike for that long. The hospital they are in is 45 minutes to an hour away. We make that trip weekly on a motorbike, but we are healthy for the most part.

Thank you for all of your prayers, love, support and for sharing my post yesterday. Thank you for allowing us to be the hands and feet here in Kenya, we couldn't do this without your support!!

#aboutfacemissions  #mercychildrenshome #changingtheirstory  #kenya  #nonprofit #james127 #bungoma  #theleastofthese  #orphans  #thankyou  #prayersplease 

(Picture of the girls sleeping today.)

They are on their way to Mercy Children's Home, because of faithful givers like YOU! Thank you LORD!

They are on their way to Mercy Children's Home, because of faithful givers like YOU! Thank you LORD!

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Happy Sunday from Mercy Home!!

(posted on behalf of Stephanie Bys from Facebook May 27th) 

Happy Sunday from Mercy Home.  Here are a few images of the blessings we live with daily at AFM Mercy Children's Home Kenya!

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Our tiny, tiny girl!!

So cute!! ๐Ÿ˜

Zeke likes to eat qtips. We've requested he stop, but he still continues...at east these hadn't been used!  ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Zeke likes to eat qtips. We've requested he stop, but he still continues...at east these hadn't been used! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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