In November, a team of women, myself included will be traveling to Africa with Food for the Hungry. We’ve named ourselves Minivans to Matatus because we wanted a name that would encompass what we are here in America, women, moms, errand runners, bread winners, kid picker uppers and dropper offers. We do it all and often while rocking our minivan. Yes, we’re cool like that. The hope in our trip is to connect women here in America with the hearts and lives of women in Kenya and Ethiopia in long term relationship.
So it was only fitting that we were trading in our minivans, if only for a little bit, for a matatu, the Kenyan equivalent.
We wanted to show we were not so different in our hopes and dreams even if our way of life is. So when I got the email to join with Mercy House Kenya and Pure Charity in helping with their 5 stage fundraising project, I was all in. Especially when I saw the first stage was all about getting them another van.
I’ve supported Mercy House in small ways over the last two years and I’ve grown to love the way they love. A home for young pregnant moms and their babies, they work in the slums of Kenya to bring redemption into the lives of these girls who are often taken advantage of and then forced into back alley abortions.
For a young scared girl, this is the rebirth into a new life. A new way of being loved and cared for. A way for God to weep mercy into their wounds, to cover their souls with grace, and to ransom their hearts to Him. And the crazy part?
We get to be a part of that.
Us, sitting here in America, brewing our coffee and checking in on our favorite blogs. We get to make that happen. This is the connecting point where what we say we care about means more than empty words.
This is the point where we invest our lives in each other and remember that these are our sisters. And today, that means helping to fund, share, and rally around the needs of this home.
The first stage of this fundraiser is aimed at buying a new van or matatu for the home. With 12 teen moms, 12 babies, 2 housemothers, a social worker, accountant/assistant and director, they have to make multiple trips to church, the doctor, and everywhere in between each week since their one van only seats 15.
I know you’re asked for a lot. I know you open your newsfeed and there are a million causes to like or click or donate to. I know you feel taxed or even a bit underwhelmed at times because the needs are so great it’s easier to tune them out and sip your coffee and go about your day.
I’m asking for you to tune in for a second and think about what you’re doing today. Are you going to load the kiddos into the minivan and drop them at school? Are you going to drive through Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte? I mean those are amazing and all, but how often do we make mindless purchases that have no lasting effect into eternity? They are good, but not that good. Chances are you will make most of your decisions on autopilot during your day, especially regarding your finances.
I want you to pause and actually ask God if this is something He cares about and wants you to participate in. For real, ask Him. If He says “no” just go on about your day. If He says, “yes,” well then, nuff said.
To get involved, we need your help sharing. Share the heck out of these posts, tweet and Facebook them with the #inmercy hashtag. Be part of the difference being made in the world instead of a spectator. Join in the call to do something great with your life, your voice, your wallet.
Join in to make God great in a world where we so easily forget, where the darkness sometimes seems to dim His goodness, let glory shine.