All over the world, young woman are forced into prostitution. Yes, slavery exists today. We know it as human trafficking. When women are forced to sell their bodies for food or clothing, or simply to satisfy the desire of a man. Frightened, alone and scared, many of these girls end up pregnant. Out of fear, they keep their condition to themselves, turning to “back street” abortions because they feel all hope is lost. Many of these girls lose their lives in the process.
But there is hope.
In March of 2010, Kristen of We Are That Family traveled with Compassion International to Kenya, Africa to blog their relief efforts in the slums of Nairobi. She was especially burdened visiting the Mathare Valley, one of Africa’s largest slums. Just days after returning home, Kristen read a heartbreaking article by CNN about the large number of backstreet abortions by girls forced into prostitution to feed their families.
Heartbroken over what she witnessed in Africa, and driven with compassion and a deep desire to see these young girls rescued, Kristen opened up The Mercy House in the summer of 2010 with a Micah 6:8 mandate:
“He has shown you, O man, what is good: And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and love mercy, to walk humbly with your God.”
Mercy House Kenya exists to provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The girls are aided in nutrition, housing, prenatal care, Bible study, counseling and job skills for sustainable living. The Mercy House Shop helps make that possible.
I am thrilled today to be able to partner with The Mercy House in bringing awareness to this cause and allowing you an opportunity to get involved.
Today is the first day of the Grand ReOpening of The Mercy Shop!
Today through September 10th, The Mercy Shop is offering a 20% discount on purchases in their store using the following code: REGRAND. Would you prayerfully consider making a purchase to help support these young woman? I personally have my eye on this:
Most importantly, would you keep Kristen, The Mercy House and these young girls in your prayers? I know there is so much more work yet to be done.
*Please take a moment to watch this moving and inspiring video about Kristen’s journey and the birth of The Mercy House.