Friday, May 26, 2017

Upcoming Needs

Mercy for Mamas is leading a team of 15 ladies to Uganda this July. During the two week trip, the team will host six different outreach events and visit several crisis pregnancy centers. We will minister to more than 1500 women during that time. We are so excited for this opportunity and we look forward to spending time with these ladies.

General donations given to Mercy for Mamas all go directly toward the purchase and delivery of mama kits. We only use earmarked money or some merchandise money to cover other expenses. With a big trip, there are always extra needs. We wanted to make you aware of several of those needs in case you felt led to give or shop! If you want to give towards one of these needs, just use the Paypal donation link here and make a note at checkout stating which project you would like to help fund. If we raise more than the amount needed for a specified area, the money will be put towards one of the other trip needs.
  • Outreach Costs: At each of our outreach events, we provide food and drinks for the ladies who attend. Many of these women travel long distances to come. We also pay for a Ugandan nurse to help with our teaching. (approx. $800) 
  • Crisis Pregnancy Center Visits: At the pregnancy centers, we like to do something fun with the girls. We usually make a craft with them that can be used for their babies like a onesie, blanket, or bag. We need to buy the supplies for these crafts. ($150)
  • Cloth Diaper Sets: This year we are buying specially made cloth diaper sets (our special project we mentioned on Facebook a few weeks ago). These are made in Uganda by a fair trade company that supports women in need. We will distribute these diapers at a couple of our events. We need to cover the remaining balance for these diapers. ($400)
  • Missionary Events: As a way to encourage many of our missionary partners and others serving in Uganda full-time, we host dinners for missionary women. This year we are also co-hosting a one-night retreat for missionary women. We need help to pay for some of the supplies and treats for these special women who sacrifice so much for others and deserve a little pampering! (approx $500)
  • Travel Expenses: Some of our team members could use some help with their travel fees. If you cannot go, but would like to help encourage some of those that are going, they would greatly appreciate your help. (any amount appreciated)
And if you'd like to help us out & get some great stuff,
we have shopping options!!

We have Mercy for Mamas t-shirts in both gray and blue. These are unisex, preshrunk cotton. Sizes Adult S-XL. Sizes and quantities are limited.  $18 shipped!!

Sizes for Blue Shirts



Sizes for Gray Shirts
We have our insulated tumblers! 
These are 16oz and come with a straw. They are great to use at work or on the go.
These are $14 shipped!

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And we have digital prints for just $10....

The first option is a quote from Mother Theresa. She said, “Do small things with great love.”  I think so often as mothers we worry if what we are doing is really having an impact. We fear we are not making moments special enough for our children. Are we really taking the time needed to impart wisdom, love, grace, and mercy to our children? But in reality, the greatest truths that are children learn from us are in the small, every day details. It’s the lunch that is packed every day for school. It’s tucking them in for bed at night. It’s cleaning up after them when they are sick.  It’s in these moments that our children learn about sacrifice and true love. So as we fold laundry, wipe noses, and fill out school forms we are showing our children love. I think a copy of this print would be a great way to remember that even the small we do have a lasting impact. This comes in two color/design options... blue and coral. The watermarks will be removed from each one when your order.
#1 Do small things (blue)
#2 Do small things (Coral)
The second quote comes from Pastor Andy Stanley. He said, “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise.” Again, I think that many women fear they are not living up to expectations. They question if their actions are good enough for God or are really making an impact for the kingdom of God. I think this quote is a great reminder that one of the most important tasks for a believer is to pass on their faith and passion for God to their children. Yes, God wants us to be great missionaries. He wants to reach the lost, and to lead powerful ministries and to serve in the church. But our first mission field most always first be within our home. This print is a great gift for the mother, grandmother, or special someone who helped to raise you to know Christ better.
#3 Your greatest contribution (this watermark has a typo, but the one you get will be corrected!!)
  
These prints are available as a digital download for $10 each.  You can order through Paypal right here....

Digital Print Options

We will email you the digital version, then can print if off, put it in a lovely frame. (We recommend that you print on 110 lb. cardstock at your local Kinkos or print shop. It is usually less than $2 each.) And remember, these make great gifts for anyone in your life, such as a friend, mentor, teacher, or even for yourself.


Thank you so much for your continued support. 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thank you!

We are so grateful for all of the individuals, small groups, and churches that have supported Mercy for Mamas this Mother's Day season. We cannot wait to see how many women we're going to be able to help because of your generosity! If your church highlighted our work this Mother's Day let us know about it! Post a picture, share a story, let us know how much you raised, or show us how cute your mama looks in her new Uganda jewelry! (info@mercyformamas.com)

If you are new to our ministry, we'd love for you to check out our website, videos, and Facebook page to see all of the work that we do. Did you know you can even sign up to automatically donate to our ministry every month?  You can decide how many mamas you want to bless each month with a mama kit. Just click on the "subscribe" button!

Even better news... we have a new and improved website that will be launching later this week. We are so excited to share it with you.

Monday, May 8, 2017

New Video!

Here is our latest promotional video. This is just one minute long, which makes it perfect to show in church or in a large group setting as an introduction to the work that we do. If your church is promoting Mercy for Mamas this Sunday for Mother's Day, this video would be a great one to use. We have several other video options of varying length and detail available under the "videos" tab on this website.


If your church or small group still needs any donation cards, bulletin inserts, or other promotional materials email us at info@mercyformamas.com.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Shopping, Empowering Women, and Saving Lives

We have great news! Trades of Hope is asking the entire sales department to support Mercy for Mamas in the month of May. How crazy is that?!


If you aren't familiar with Trades of Hope, they are an amazing company that empowers impoverished women around the world by creating jobs for them making gorgeous accessories and home decor. There merchandise is so lovely and unique! Every artisan gets paid a fair wage, gets job skills and earns a way to care for her family.  I love the work they are doing.

Now it gets even better because every purchase you make through Trades of Hope in May means more mamas in Uganda will get a mama kit. This is a perfect win/win scenario!

If you do not already have a Trades of Hope consultant, check out this link and order from Sheli. There are so many items in the Summer Collection that we love, but check out all of the collections! And if you order in the next couple of days it may arrive in time for Mother's Day!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Give Mercy this Mother's Day

Can I be honest? There are days that I am not super excited about fundraising and doing logistical work for Mercy for Mamas. Sorting out airline reservations, doing spreadsheets, filing tax forms and organizing merchandise is not very exciting. I could spend that time working a real job and getting paid. I get bogged down in the mundane. Then God reminds me of my mission and passion.

I look at pictures like this one of my precious girls, and I remember my why.
With the Fearless Girl statue in New York City
I have four precious daughters. My two biological daughters did not come into this world easily. There were complications along the way, and I often wonder what would have happened if I had not had access to great doctors and hospitals. My two adopted daughters lost their first moms because they did not receive adequate medical care. The injustice of that is not lost on me. These gorgeous girls remind me why I do what I do.

I look at pictures like this one and remember the thousands of beautiful women on the other side of the world that we've been able to help.  I see them parenting their precious little ones and I remember my why.

I think about this sweet baby I got to hold just hours after he was born in a remote village using one of our mama kits. He is my why. 

I know you have not had the same experiences as me, but I hope I can help you see and understand the need and the reality these women face every day.  Women should not have to choose between feeding their family and buying gloves and a razor blade to give birth. Women should not die giving birth because they could not afford a simple $7 mama kit

It is a sad and dark reality that hundreds of women in our world die every day giving birth and that the majority of those deaths could be easily prevented. But the good news is that we have a simple solution. It will not save every woman, but it is making a difference. In the last 6 years, thousands of women have been given the chance for safer birth through the work of Mercy for Mamas. They have received the necessary supplies (mama kit), they have learned important warning signs in pregnancy and when to seek medical help, and they have successfully delivered their babies.  On top of the medical care, these women have heard about the love of Jesus and his great mercy and peace for us.

This Mother's Day season, I encourage you to give mercy. Here are a couple ways you can give:
  • Check out the beautiful jewelry we have for sale on our Facebook page. These gifts help provide work for women in Uganda, and then the money goes straight back into our ministry to cover outreach costs and to buy kits. So make your gift count and buy something for your mama and maybe something for yourself! After all, it's for a good cause. 
  • What if you prayed for God to lay on your heart the names of a few special women in your life you could honor and encourage? This could be your own mother, a friend, a mentor, whomever. You could donate a mama kit(s) (they are just $7 each) in honor of your special person. We'll give you a card that you can give them explaining your gift. Write them a personal note explaining why you choose them. I know this lady would be so honored that you thought of them and that you chose to help a mother in Uganda in their name. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Invite your church to give mercy this Mother's Day!


**This post is aimed at pastors and church leaders.  If that's not you, will you please pass this on to someone in leadership at your church if you'd like them to include Mercy for Mamas in your church's Mother's Day celebrations.  Thank you so much!**

What if you could find a way to honor women in your church, participate in missions, and help with orphan prevention? You can! This might seem like a cheesy sales pitch, but it's true. We would love for your church to partner with Mercy for Mamas this Mother's Day.  

Each year on Mother's Day churches across the US take time to honor the women in their church.  They pass out bookmarks, flowers, or candy.  Or maybe they have a contest for the women with the most children, the oldest mother, or the newest mother.  Perhaps your church has a baby dedication service that Sunday.  Every church does it differently, but it is a time to honor the gift of motherhood.

Here at Mercy for Mamas, Mother's Day is a big time of year for us.  The vast majority of our funding for the year comes during the month's of April and May.  This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the important women in our lives, while also helping to support women in Uganda.
Young Mother's receiving their mama kits at a local crisis pregnancy center
Mercy for Mamas works to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Uganda by providing women with sterile birthing kits and prenatal education.  Each day at least 15 women die in Uganda giving birth, which is 40x's the maternal death rate in the US.  Many of these deaths can be attributed to a lack of prenatal care and also to not having the proper supplies for a delivery.  In order to be cared for by a local hospital or clinic a woman must bring all of her own supplies.  If she cannot afford the supplies, she most likely will not receive care.  This leads to many women delivering at home, without clean supplies, and without any trained medical professional (nurse, midwife, or doctor).
Expectant Ugandan mother with her birthing supplies
Since 2010 we've been providing birthing kits called "mama kits" to women all over Uganda.  To date, close to 30,000 women have received a $7 mama kit.  We also hold prenatal education seminars and outreach clinics throughout Uganda.  We work hard to partner with trusted clinics, crisis pregnancy centers, churches, and missionaries. We provide them with mama kits and we also assist them with outreach efforts.  These partners use the mama kits year-round as a way to help pregnant women, but also as a tool to build relationships with the women.  Many women have come to know Christ because of the gift of a mama kit. Others have found churches and bible studies to join because of our outreach events. 

Each mama kit costs just $7.  The kits include very basic supplies including: cotton wool, razor blades, sterile gloves, umbilical cord ties, soap, large plastic sheeting, directions for delivery, and a health care card.
Mama kit.  "Maama" is the Luganda word for mother
Village midwife assisting a young woman in labor
What if your church this Mother's Day decided to take this time to honor the women of your church, but also to offer support to mothers in Uganda? There are several ways you could incorporate Mercy for Mamas into your church. You could do just one of these or all of them!
  • Instead of spending money on a gift for the mothers in your church, you could make a donation to Mercy for Mamas and give each woman a card explaining your gift.    
  • You could show one of our Mercy for Mamas videos during your service and help us get the word out about the great needs of pregnant women in Uganda. There are several options here on our website (look under the "videos" tab). We also will have a new, shorter video (less than one minute) that will be available by the end of April. So you can choose the length that works best for your service.
  • You could collect a love offering for Mercy for Mamas on Mother's Day. We would provide you with donation cards. Church people could then give to their mothers or special someone explaining that they gave in their honor.
  • We can provide you with a bulletin insert for you explaining our cause.
I can tell you this, every pastor that has done this at their church has told me repeatedly how well it was received.  The women of the church really appreciate that a donation has been made in their honor and that gift has a larger purpose and impact for the kingdom. 
From Pastor Nathan Gunter of First Southern Baptist Church of Lansing, KS... 
"We wanted to do something special in our church for Mother's Day. So in place of the usual $2 mother's appreciation gift, we made a donation to Mercy for Mamas, shared the Mercy for Mamas video and explained how a small gift could change the life of a mother and child in Uganda.  Our small congregation was so excited about the idea that they gave even more money to the cause after the service.  In one day we raised enough to buy more than 140 kits! We love seeing God's love displayed through this ministry and will be partnering with their work in Uganda for years to come." 

I love the idea of the church honoring our mothers, helping other mothers live to parent their children, and sharing the gospel all at the same time. This is the church in action.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Help!

We don't normally ask for donations for our overhead costs. We try to keep those costs as low as possible. We try to make sure every amount donated goes directly to the work in Uganda. However, in order to do the work, we sometimes have to spend money on the not-so-fun stuff. We have several large expenditures coming up (website, legal fees, and brochures). If you believe in the work we are doing, would you be willing to give towards these items? Just donate from the website and make a note that it is for "overhead". Thank you so much! We are blessed to have so many wonderful people who believe in the work that we do.