Monday, April 22, 2013

Mama Kits At Work

I got a lovely update from a woman who works with Uganda Baptist Seminary in Jinja this weekend.  She reports that they host about 100 pastors each month for classes.  She's been passing out about 10-15 mama kits each month.

"The students are SO THANKFUL for this gift that you provide that helps their wives to have safe deliveries.  I usually ask how many children they have, and this often leads to an opportunity to talk with them about family planning options that are available here.  One month four of the students who received a Mama Kit were expecting their 7th baby... Thanks so much for making these kits available that are helping the families of these pastors and church leaders from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Congo, and Rwanda."

I love to hear stories of mama kits at work and helping women all over East Africa.  This news makes me smile on this dreary Monday. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Honor your Mother

Nearly four years ago, a beautiful Ugandan woman gave birth to a baby girl.  What should have been a moment of joy, quickly turned into a moment of sorrow for this family as this brave, strong mother  lost her life.  I know this woman was beautiful, strong, and brave because I see a bit of her every day in my daughter.  I get the honor of parenting this woman's beloved child. 

When moments like Mother's Day roll around I will always think of Mercy's mother.  There are so many things I wish I could tell her.  There are so many questions that I long to have answered.  I wish she could share the joy of Mercy's laugh, her fiery temper and her silly antics.  I want her to know that her baby girl is thriving.  I want her to know her baby girl is loved. 
Our Sweet Mercy at Easter
 
Not only do I think of Mercy and her first mother, but I also think of the thousands of other women every day that do not get the opportunity to parent their children.  I think of the thousands of children orphaned every year because their mothers die senseless deaths.  I want to honor these women and children.

I think of the many amazing mothers I encounter every day.  Working moms, stay-at-home moms, room moms, and homeschool moms.  There are moms facing illness, moms parenting alone, and moms overcoming abuse. There are adoptive moms, biological moms, and step-moms. There are women dreaming of motherhood, those just starting out, and those nearing the end.   There are so many special women for us to honor.

This year for Mother's Day I am asking you to honor the women in your life.  Honor your mother, the mother to your children, or any mom you see that is doing an amazing job.  But let's make our gifts count.  Let's use this as a great opportunity to help women on the other side of the world.   I can't think of a better way to honor these women then by telling them you decided to give hope to a mama in her name.

There are several ways you can give this Mother's Day. 

JEWELRY!
You can check out some of the new beautiful jewelry we have for sale.  Check out the "SHOP" tab above or click the link.  I just love some of these new pieces and I know the women in your life will too.  All jewelry is handmade by women in Uganda, which means we're helping to provide jobs for them.  All money will go directly toward the purchase and distribution of mama kits.  All jewelry will come wrapped and will include a card explaining our cause.  All jewelry orders need to be emailed to info@mercyformamas.com
 
DONATE!
Secondly, you can make a donation in honor of someone.  We'll send you (snail mail or email) a special card explaining your gift and how many mama kits you purchased in her honor.  Just simply click on the donate link on the right side of this page.  The link will take you to The Hope Venture website (our partner non-profit).  Just go down to "Africa Projects" and then you'll see the "mama kits" option and enter how many kits you'd like to purchase.  In the comments section, leave a note that you'd like a Mother's Day card and if you'd like it via email or snail mail. If you don't want to pay online or if you have any questions, send us an email at info@mercyformamas.com.
 
T-SHIRTS!

Finally, we have new Mercy for Mamas t-shirts!  I am really excited about the new color and they'll have our website info on the back.  We're taking pre-orders now through April 26th.(Shirts have now been ordered, but we do have extras in adult sizes, so check with me to see what sizes we have!)  These are not guaranteed by Mother's Day, but we'll do our best.  Shirts will be $17 (+$3 shipping).  All shirts are a unisex fit and available in Adult Small- Adult XXXL (+$2 for XXL and XXXL).  We will also have KIDS' SHIRTS!  These are available in XS (2-4), S (6-8), M (10-12), and L (14-16) and will also be $17.  Email shirt order to info@mercyformamas.com

**If this is your first time to our site, I encourage you to check out the tabs at the top to understand a bit more about what we do.  Make sure to watch the videos! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Challenge to Churches


Many churches give a small token gift to all of the mothers in the congregation for Mother's Day.  But what if instead of a small gift for you your church decided to give a gift of hope to mothers in Uganda?  Last year several churches decided to do just that. 
From Pastor Nathan Gunter of First Southern Baptist Church of Lansing... 
"Last year 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." 
 Another church used Mercy for Mamas as a Mother's Day project and has continued to find other ways to give.
From Debbie Rhoades of Cornerstone Baptist Church... 
"Mercy for Mamas is a ministry that our church, Cornerstone Baptist Church
in Winchester, IL, has been involved in for several years.  Our congregation has embraced this ministry to the women of Uganda in several ways: 
For Mother's Day instead of giving a small token gift to the women of the
congregation we have shared a DVD about this ministry and then the church
has made a donation to Mercy for Mamas in honor of the women of the church.  We have also taken donations from members who also wanted to contribute individually to this ministry. 
We have had several mothers-to-be who have opted at their baby showers to
have people donate to Mercy for Mamas instead of purchasing shower gifts.  We have celebrated the upcoming birth by providing Mama kits for the women of Uganda and helping to insure a safe birth for both mother and child. We have also had people who have chosen to give the gift of Mama kits in honor of friends and loved ones for birthdays, Christmas gifts and other celebrations. 
Mercy for Mamas is a ministry that Cornerstone will be involved in for many
years to come.  It is a simple and inexpensive way to help impact the
lives of the beautiful women and children of Uganda.  We would like to
encourage other churches and individuals to join us as well."  

Would your church be willing to join us?  We'd be happy to send you a copy of the DVD, brochures, and cards to hand the women in your church.  Let's use this year's Mother's Day to make a huge impact for expectant mothers in Uganda.  What better gift can you give a mama than hope?

For more information on how to get started email info@mercyformamas.com