“There’s always someone out there worse off than you are.”
Her eyes were watery. Her boney hand, that held mine, was shaking. She didn’t often speak to me in such an earnest and imploring way. That’s probably why I’ve never forgotten my 80 year-old grandmother’s words.
The message is universal.
At varying levels, we all know it to be true. Everyone is struggling with something, yet there is always someone out there who is feeling the hurt and hardship more than we are.
The question is this:
“What are you going to do about it?“
When I started learning about this non-profit organization called Mercy House, I was impressed. After all, they rescue little pregnant girls out of the worst slum in the world.
They love them, and support them through their healing, education and vocational training. These little girls, victims of rape & human trafficking, become mothers and grow into empowered young women full of hope and promise.
Then, after a few years of following Kristen Welch’s blog, We Are That Family, I found myself reading her posts from Kenya with fresh eyes and a renewed perspective.
A perspective that was actively mindful of a Grandmother’s words to remember those who carry burdens greater than mine.
I began to sponsor a Rehema House Graduate in 2016.
I didn’t know then that I would become a founding ambassador with Mercy House Global. That I would be on my knees begging for the Lord to grant me this opportunity.
I didn’t know that I would spend most of 2019 making contacts and using social media to draw awareness to the marginalized & oppressed women of this fallen world; or that I would be advocating for fair trade.
But then again, who ever really knows where life is taking them?
The 14 year old girl, burning with her own hurt, taking to heart the words of her elder, certainly never knew that 20 years later she would be advocating for mothers her own age.
And so, I make this appeal.
I made it on Giving Tuesday. And friend, just watch me in 2020!
Please take time to watch this video and hear the stories of living redemption.
God bless, friend!
Photo Credit: Mercy House Global