|Women at a refugee camp receiving their mama kits.|
Oh, how I wish that you could know these women like I do. You could see their beautiful smiles and hear their laughs for yourselves. I wish you could see the heartbreak and also the power of hope firsthand, so you could fully understand me when I say these women desperately need our help.
Since I cannot personally spend hours talking to each of you, I do my best to share stories and pictures to help you all connect to the women and their babies. I want to help you understand the need. I want you to see how this simple solution is impacting thousands of women and opening up new doors of ministry all over the country. Our $7 mama kits provide the supplies needed for a woman to give birth either at home or at a hospital. If you want to know more about what exactly this entails, click here.
I want you to know about women like Judith. (Sadly, we do not have a photo of Judith to share) This story comes from Kathy, one of our missionary partners. I have known Kathy for 5 years and she has such a beautiful heart for women and ministry.
"Judith lives in a slum where I do ministry near Jinja. She is a neighbor to Milly, my main contact person in the slum. So when I visited Millie I would often try to engage Judith in conversation, but she didn't seem too interested. Then I noticed she was pregnant, so I gave her a mama kit. She was so very grateful, and that seemed to open the door! I told her that the mama kits were given by people in America who wanted babies and mamas to be safe, and wanted the mamas to know Jesus as Savior. Before I went home to America this summer, I gave her a little outfit for the baby, who was born, healthy and happy, while I was in the States. When I came back, I met baby Jesse, and Judith once again thanked me profusely for the mama kit. I told her it was God's way of showing her that Jesus loves her and wanted her to know God personally. Then, about 2 weeks later when I was visiting Millie, she told me that she heard Judith crying all through the night. Turns out she had a horribly infected finger. We invited her to Millie's, where I cleaned and dressed her finger, gave her antibiotics, and prayed with her that her finger would heal and that she would know that it was Jesus who had healed her. I have trained Millie in first aid, so Millie continued to dress her finger daily. Millie came to my house today to get more first aid supplies, and to tell me that Judith's finger had healed. Judith thought she might lose her finger, and she saw that it was Jesus who had helped her, so she wanted to become a Christian! She prayed with Millie and Judith accepted Jesus as her Savior! That week she and her new baby went with Millie to church. There's a new name written down in heaven, and it all started with a mama kit! Please pray for her spiritual growth, and pray for her husband to become a believer. I met him while I was dressing Judith's finger, and he expressed heartfelt thanks for the mama kit. We are praying that he will soon join his wife as a follower of our Savior!"Meet Pastor Ernest. Ernest is one of our ministry partners. He has a huge heart for reaching his fellow Ugandans with the gospel. He takes teams all over the country. They lead crusades, help with building projects, do health outreaches and any other way they can find to be a blessing to the people. We often provide mama kits to Pastor Ernest to use. He has always been faithful to share pictures and stories of how the kits have been a blessing to their work and to the women they serve.
|Pastor Ernest is pictured here with two newborn babies he had the privilege to name.|
|Prenatal teaching in Karamoja|
|I got to visit most of our crisis pregnancy center partners this Spring. |
This is at the Youth For Christ Center in Kampala
|We want babies to stay with their mamas. |
We want these mamas to survive childbirth and be equipped to raise their little ones.
We are a small organization doing our best to make a big impact. We have virtually no overhead costs, no advertising budget, no marketing gurus helping us. We know so many groups are vying for your donations, and we take your money seriously. Every donated dollar goes directly towards the purchase and delivery of kits. We work hard to make sure we are working with trusted partners that give mama kits to those most in need and that are also using them as a tool to share the gospel. We use money from our merchandise sales to host outreach events, help with special projects that arise, pay our in country coordinator,etc.
We need your help. Would you consider a donation today? It's very simple. Just click on the donation link below and you can give through Paypal, even if you do not have a Paypal account. You can also sign up to automatically give each month. Every $7 donation puts a kit in the hands of a mama. The cost of your average fast-food lunch can change a life. Give Mercy today.
**As an added incentive, every person who donates in the next 5 days will get their named entered in a drawing to win this gorgeous Ugandan basket.
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