Monday, March 21, 2016

Success Story!

Meet Amina. Amina just graduated from cosmetology school. 

This young mother came to our partner, Wakisa Ministries, after first trying to get an abortion. When she went to the hospital for the abortion, the doctor directed her to first go to Wakisa and talk with the counselors. There she learned they would help support her through her pregnancy, provide health care, teach her how to be a mother, and then also assist her with vocational training. Amina has sickle cell and has previously been told she could never finish school. She now has the skills to be a great mother. We are thrilled to be able to provide all of the mama kits for the young ladies at Wakisa. Your donations to Mercy for Mamas helped to give hope and a future to this young mom and her baby.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Importance of Education

Mercy for Mamas was excited to recently partner with Global Health Educators. They do prenatal clinics and teachings in Eastern Uganda. We provided mama kits for the women they serve. I love that they get the supplies they need, but also life-saving teaching and care.
The women watching a video on childbirth

These women were some of the first at the event to receive their mama kits for attending the prenatal clinic regularly
One proud mama to receive her kit
The women learned life-saving info on childbirth and prenatal care. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Perfect Timing and One Strong Mama

This story is one that beautifully illustrates God's perfect timing and provision and the strength of Ugandan women. This precious mama delivered her baby rather unexpectedly while attending a bible school run by one of our ministry partners.

Mama and Baby a few weeks after he was born

She had been in classes all day sitting on a wooden bench. It was the day before graduation, and I am sure she was determined to finish her classes well. The teachers did not know she was in labor. Finally she got up and they realized that she was very close to having the baby. Here is where God's provision becomes so evident. Thankfully, there was a Ugandan midwife also in the class. And even better there were two trained midwives on the ministry team at the school. She had three midwives ready to help her! We regularly supply mama kits to this ministry, but they were running low on them. But, God again provided and they found a mama kit to use.

The sweet baby boy was delivered right there at the compound a short while later. Then this beautiful and strong mama got to participate in her bible school graduation the very next day! 
Mama and Baby along with the midwives that helped her to deliver

Every $7 you give represents a woman and child just like the ones pictured here. These women are so grateful for your help. Your donations truly make a difference.  Friends, the needs are real. It seems every day Mercy for Mamas gets more and more requests for mama kits. The need is so big. We currently cannot keep up with the demand. It breaks my heart to ever have to tell someone that we cannot supply them with the kits they so desperately need. Would you please consider a donation today? What is $7 to most of us? That's a drink and muffin at Starbucks or a meal deal at your favorite fast-food chain. But your simple gift can literally help save the life of a mama and her baby. You can make it a one-time gift or you can sign-up to give $7 (or any other amount) every month. 
The lesson this past week at my bible study was about justice and mercy. Of course running an organization called Mercy for Mamas and having a daughter named Mercy, I was very interested in all of the discussion about what mercy is and how that plays out in our daily lives. One thing our leader said has really stuck with me this week. She said,"Receiving God's mercy obligates us to show mercy to others." It's a simple statement, but with huge ramifications for our daily lives. We need to be living lives of love, forgiveness and compassion for others because of the great love and mercy Christ has shown us. This week give mercy by providing a mama kit for someone else. You could be the tool God uses to show off his provision and love to a woman in Uganda. Give mercy.