Thursday, January 24, 2013

Just a little FYI...

Just in case some of you have been trying to reach me via Facebook (which is how I communicate with most of you!) my account is frozen until who knows when.  It is beyond frustrating. I know it is totally a first-world problem, but it is annoying and keeping me from information and work that I need to do.  I am hoping to have it resolved very soon.  If you need to hear from me sooner, you can email me at info@mercyformamas.com or you can comment here.

Thanks!

Friday, January 18, 2013

On the Horizon...

I am doing what most everyone does at the beginning of the year.  I'm reflecting at all God has done in the past year and looking forward to this coming one.  It's always amazing to me to look back on a year and think of all of the things God accomplished and how many of them I had no idea were coming.  I know that 2013 is going to be a big year for Mercy for Mamas.  I have no idea what all of that entails, but I guess that is part of the fun.

We've had some exciting stuff happening the past couple of weeks.

  • For those who missed it on Facebook, we posted beautiful pictures of Mary and Sweet Baby Kevin (posted below).  I love to see her smile!  Thank you for playing a small part in this woman's story.
  • Through our partnership with The Hope Venture we were able to send more than $4000 to Uganda to purchase more mama kits.  We're going to be able to help stock several new free medical clinics.  Thank you so much for your generous gifts! 
  • I got to speak to a group of ladies in Dallas/Fort Worth.  We had a great night of reuniting with old friends and making new ones.  We made more than $500 for mama kits and I think we have several great new partners in ministry. 
  • Planning is underway for the next Mercy for Mamas mission trip.  We're planning a trip for June (still working on exact dates).  I am excited to see how this trip is going to take shape.  Pray for wisdom as all of the details are ironed out.
  • A couple of new speaking engagements are in the works.  Details to follow when the time comes!
Mama Mary

Baby Kevin, healthy and growing.

If you and your group (women's group, church, children's group, small group, or just a group of friends) are looking for a great cause to support, we'd love for you to consider Mercy for Mamas.  I'd be happy to come talk to your group (as long as I can get there!).  Or I can get you the materials needed to make your own presentation. 

Here are just a few ideas that other groups have done... a preschool collected money for us in a special campaign of giving, a bible study group chose us to receive their weekly offering, a little girl held a lemondade/bake sale, a church collected money on mother's day, a group of ladies held a special tea to tell their friends about us, others have included us in their baby showers, and we were the weekly offering for a Vacation Bible School.  These are just a few ideas of how you can help us out.  I'm sure you all can come up with many more.
Speaking in DFW, Cody may have been watching football while doing powerpoint for me.  Silly boy!
 
If you are interested in a Mercy for Mamas presentation, email me to schedule (info@mercyformamas.com).  Big or small groups, I just love to share my passion and how God is using this ministry.  The great thing about Mercy for Mamas is that every donation from $7-$7000 makes a difference and can truly impact a woman's life.  I get all excited when I think about how much hope this $7 gift can give a precious woman.  

I can't wait to see what beautiful mamas we will meet this year.



Thursday, January 17, 2013

From the Frontlines

Here is another great story of the mama kits in action.  This is from a rural health clinic operating with virtually no supplies.  This is their report of the first mama kit they used.

"Harriet, age 20, having given birth to her first born: a baby boy, 2.8kgs. (6.1 pounds)Thank God:
-for protecting her through the process of delivery.
-for supporting her through your ministry. she was very happy to receive and use the mama kit. She was also happy to hear about the love of Jesus and was encouraged esp. considering that she had a very difficult delivery, giving birth to a very asphyxiated baby and her self convulsing while pushing her baby. I was encouraged to see her husband kneel down and pray to God during this time. Harriet is the very first mother to receive a mama kit in our health center and we are also happy because we have something to help our mothers with.
Above all, I am not just happy, but very much excited to share the love of God in Jesus Christ, that through him we now have hope for eternal life; Its my pleasure to continue sharing this good news to & with all my patients."

That my friends, is why we do what we do. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Restocked!

 
 
The Mercy for Mamas shop is restocked! Be sure to check us out the next time you need a gift for one of the women in your life. I love the idea of getting a unique and beautiful handmade gift and knowing that gift helped give one lady a job and also helped save the life of a mama. Love it. Just click on the "Shop" tab on the top of the page. Here's a small preview...