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Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

-James 2:15-17-

One of the many things I love about Good Morning Girls is how we strive to put God’s Word into ACTION! I think Courtney and I have touched on this topic every GMG session, last session was no different. This past winter we gave our GMG groups the following challenge:  Decide as a group how you want to put James 2:17 into action by supporting the Mercy House. The Mercy House exists to provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The Mercy House aids these girls in nutrition, housing, prenatal care, counseling, Biblical teaching and job skills for sustainable living. For this challenge each group individually decided how they wanted to help the Mercy House. Some groups purchased the Mercy House t-shirts, others donated clothes and baby items, still others donated items off the monthly donation list. Each donation, no matter how big or small helped these precious girls in Kenya.

A few weeks ago I received the following email from Stacey who blogs at http://www.29lincolnavenue.com and http://modsquadblog.com/ and it so touched my heart that I wanted to share it with all of you! I LOVE how her group chose to meet the GMG Challenge!

This is the email I received from Stacey:

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Hi Angela,

Our group of GMG’s lives way north and way south.  We are 4 bloggers who took the GMG challenge this term.  For our project, we prayed that God would give us a creative idea to help Mercy House.  He put Maureen, the onsite director of Mercy House on our hearts.  He said, “Love on Maureen!” And so, we contacted Kristen to see how we could best do this.  She said, “Maureen is a very generous person.  She is always helping others and giving her stuff away.  She loves American fashion, and it would be nice for her to have some new clothing.  She would love that!”

So we gathered our money, went shopping, and below you can see a picture of what we were able to get for Maureen.  We are overwhelmed with joy at the thought of this sweet, giving girl wearing these items.  We have prayed that they are a blessing and even a secret answer to one of her prayers!

-Stacey
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Thanks again Stacey, Amy, Stef and Tracie for participating in the GMG Challenge and for being so sweet and generous with your time, prayers, money and thoughtfulness! I LOVE how you put God’s Word into ACTION!


To find out more about the Mercy House and the GMG Challenge you can read the blog post and watch the video here! Kristen and Maureen’s story truly is inspirational! God is doing great things in Kenya because of these two women’s obedience to His call on their lives!


If you would like to share how your group participated in the GMG Challenge, you can email me at: LoveGodGreatly@gmail.com


Until next time…

Love God Greatly!

Week 5 Vlog, Winter Challenge Announcement & Giveaway

We are starting WEEK 5 in our James Study! Last week we talked about how we are not to show favoritism but rather to love our neighbors as ourselves. As Christians, we are called to extend mercy instead of judgment. This week we are going to learn how our faith needs to be accompanied with ACTION. I can’t wait to get started!

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

-James 2:15-17-


(Note: if you are viewing this through your email, make sure to go to our blog today because this post includes a video.)

Week 5 Challenge: The challenge for this week is to decide as a group how you want to put James 2:17 into action. Report back on Friday, commenting on Courtney’s post how your group is planning on participating in this challenge. This is a team effort! Big or small, we all make a difference for these girls TOGETHER!

You have from now until April 15th to do this GMG group challenge. Once your group has done the challenge, I’d like for you to either make a video that we can share on our GMG site or have someone in the group send an email to me at lovegodgreatly@gmail.com telling me how as a group you put God’s Words into action by helping the Mercy House. If you could attach a picture to the email that would be SUPER! I will then start sharing the videos and emails on our GMG as they come in!

This challenge begins today, and ends Friday, April 15th.

The Mercy House Mission Statement:

The Mercy House exists to provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The Mercy House will aid them in nutrition, housing, prenatal care, counseling, Biblical teaching and job skills for sustainable living. 

The Mercy House has approved 501c3 status.

Who Is Behind The Mercy House?

Kristen Welch
The blogger behind The Mercy House and We Are THAT Family, traveled to Kenya, Africa, in March of 2010 with Compassion International, the world’s largest child sponsorship program, 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.

Maureen Owino
While in Kenya, Kristen met Maureen, one of Compassion’s leadership students, a former sponsored child. Maureen is single, 25 years old and will graduate from the University of Nairobi in December 2010. She speaks 5 languages and traveled to the Unites States in the summer of 2010 on behalf of Compassion International to speak to thousands of students at Student Life Camps. Her moving life story led to the sponsorship of more than a thousand impoverished children.

She has since become a very dear friend of the Welch family. Just weeks after returning from Africa, Kristen emailed Maureen and asked if she knew of any ministries reaching out or offering an alternative to the young girls having backstreet abortions. She didn’t know of any. Both women began to pray about this need and 4 months later the dream of a Mercy House for these girls was birthed.

If you’d like to hear Maureen’s powerful testimony of how she was rescued from poverty, please click here.

Ways we can help:

Pray-most importantly please pray for these women as God lays them upon your heart. Pray for their protection, for God’s wisdom as they make important decisions pertaining to The Mercy House and the girls that God will send.

Shop- purchase The Mercy House t-shirts, necklaces or shop their Etsy store! (all the proceeds go to help support the Mercy House)

Donate- if you are a crafty person or if you already sell your own items on Etsy you might want to consider donating items for their Etsy store. They are taking ongoing or one-time donations to their Etsy store. Not only will your donation(s) benefit the work of the Mercy House in Kenya, it will also bring your store/site some added exposure. For more information click here.

Give-as a group or individually, you can choose to give a one time donation, monthly donations or purchase specific items for the house like beds, mattresses, a refrigerator, tables & chairs, sewing machines etc. To find out more ways to give click here.

Participate in monthly collection drives for the months of February, March & April. This month they are collecting the following items: To find out more about the monthly collection drives click here.

  • Bandages
  • Alcohol pads
  • Gauze
  • Latex free gloves- most needed
  • Tylenol and Tylenol brand items (cold, allergy, etc)
  • Pain relief
  • Antibiotic creams like Neosporin
  • First Aid Kits

Spread the news- tell your friends and family about the Mercy House!

Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the Mercy House t-shirt giveaway, I will close comments on Friday at midnight and announce the winner next Monday.
  • Discuss this week with your GMG groups how you would like to participate in our winter challenge and leave a comment on Courtney’s Friday post letting us know how your group plans on participating! Can’t wait to hear what you all come-up with!

James Book Club Downloads

Week 5 S.O.A.P. Print-Out

As always, we’ll be praying over you as you spend time reading God’s Word!

Until next time…

Love God Greatly!

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