Every once in a while, you encounter someone who causes you to no longer be comfortable with the current state of your affairs. These people share stories and experiences that pry open your heart to the truth that God uses regular, ordinary, common, everyday people, who refuse to close their eyes to the hurt, pain and darkness in our world – to change the world.
These people stir things up. Their lives and actions say that normal is not OK. Apathy is not OK. They’ve erased complacency from their lives, and instead say, “how can I do more”. They are dreamers and leaders, who partner with God, and in turn, demand action from those around them.
“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there; they cause change. They motivate and inspire others to go in the right direction and they, along with everyone else, sacrifice to get there.” ~ John Kotter
Yesterday our church family had the privilege and honor of sharing a luncheon with Maurine Owino, (Executive Director of Mercy House Kenya), and our friends, the Welch Family (Co-founders of Mercy House, with We Are That Family Blog). They shared with us the story of Mercy House. (Mercy House cares for women and children who were destitute, living on the streets and in the slums of Kenya. You can read all about it at the links I’ve shared below).
When my husband, daughter and I left the luncheon, we were very uncomfortable. In the best sort of way. You see, Maurine and the Welch Family did something the Bible says we should do. Not only are they caring for beautiful women and children in Nairobi, Kenya, but through their loving actions, they are inspiring others and shifting things, here in suburban America. They’re stirring up mercy, compassion, love and action. They’re doing exactly what the Bible tells believers to do!
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” Hebrews 10:24, ESV
Our little family has some ideas we’ve been talking about doing. We’ve even begun to take steps towards making them happen. But after yesterday, we have no more excuses. Kristen Welch shared something that reminded me of this quote:
“When a poor person dies of hunger it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.” ~ Mother Teresa
I’m excited to keep you posted on the progress of our family’s journey. Now I ask, what are the things YOU can do for the people who desperately need our help? Opportunities to help them (and support those who are “in the trenches”) are all around us, and we have no excuses. Let’s go “stir things up”, in our world!
~ Justina Dee
Find out more about Mercy House Kenya by clicking here
Meet the Welch Family here: We Are That Family
We LOVE the beautiful products made by the young women at Mercy House, and proudly display them in our home. It gives us the opportunity to remember them, pray for them, and tell others the story about what Maurine and The Welch family are doing! There are many ways you can support their work. Click here for more information: How You Can Help