Mercy House exists to engage, empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. Engage those with resources to say yes to the plight of women in poverty. Empower women and teenage mothers around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. Disciple women to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.
OUR CORE VALUES
We value the gospel: to make God’s glory known by living out the redemptive story of Christ. It is the power we rely on for transformation (emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual) of the broken lives we seek to rescue.
We value the dignity of all life, from unborn babies to aging widows – we believe every life matters and is precious to God regardless of the circumstances under which that life was created.
We value keeping families together, preventing orphans and supporting the vital role mothers serve in the lives of their children.
We value telling the story of Mercy House with dignity and grace to engage others to say yes to God right where they are in order to make the Great Commission a daily mission.
We value education and equal rights for oppressed girls. We believe every girl deserves the right to an education.
We value integrity and transparency in our role as stewards of the financial and physical resources, so we do not detract from the overall mission.
We value economic empowerment of women as means to better the lives of their families and halt poverty.
We value prayer, servanthood, hard work and sustainability.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and without mistakes as originally written. It is the complete revelation of His will for salvation and the only unfailing rule of faith and practice for the Christian life.
There is one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and these three are co-eternal and of equal dignity and power. Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
We believe Jesus was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and He lived a sinless life.
Salvation is found only through faith in His substitutionary death on the cross and His bodily resurrection. By man’s disobeying God, every person incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God, and physical death as a consequence. Therefore, all people are sinners by nature and practice.
The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and all who believe in Him are declared righteous because of His sacrificial death and are, therefore, in right relationship with God.
The present ministry of the Holy Spirit indwelling all believers enables and empowers the life and ministry of the believer.
Upon the glorious return of Jesus Christ there will be a bodily resurrection of everyone who has lived, the everlasting blessedness of those in right relationship with God, and the everlasting punishment of those who have rejected God’s forgiveness in His Son.
THE WELCH FAMILY
“We are just a simple family who said yes when God asked.” Terrell and Kristen have been married for 21 years and are raising three children. Kristen writes the parenting blog, We are THAT family.
In March of 2010, she traveled to Kenya, Africa, 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 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.
In 2013, Kristen was burdened with the need to provide sustainable jobs for women and in poverty. Fair Trade Friday was born out of this burden in August 2014, now helping thousands of women around the globe. Later that year, Terrell left his job in the pharmaceutical industry after 10 years to become the C.E.O. of Mercy House.
You can read the entire journey in Kristen’s new book: Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly Safe Faith is No Longer Enough
MAUREEN & OLIVER KADERI
While in Kenya, Kristen met Maureen, one of Compassion’s leadership graduates, a former sponsored child. Maureen is married and speaks 5 languages. She married Oliver in 2014 & welcomed a beautiful son, Amaziah, in 2015. Maureen traveled to the United 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 “daughter” 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.
Maureen partnered with Terrell and Kristen to pray specifically about these precious girls. Four months later, God spoke to Maureen’s heart and birthed a vision to help these girls. When Maureen emailed Kristen with this news, both knew that God was beginning a good work. The Welch family lives in America and mobilize people to give with the help of supportive friends, family and blog readers. Maureen is in Kenya with the language, education, leadership skills and the heart to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
In the summer of 2010, The Mercy Maternity House was formed to support the work Maureen does. Maureen is the full-time Executive Director of Rehema House (word for mercy in Swahili) in Kenya.While she works in Africa, with her husband Oliver, the Welch family raises money and awareness while supporting Maureen and her staff.
If you’d like to hear Maureen’s powerful testimony of how she was rescued from poverty, please click here.