This morning while catching up on the blogs I read daily, I had a heartwrenching moment as I read a post from Beki at The Rusted Chain. I wanted to share it with all of you as well. Please read and be touched.
A while back I introduced you to Kristen.
She probably doesn't need introducing to many of you.
But in case you're not familiar with her, she went on a life changing missions trip to Africa.
She didn't just "go".
She did, she learned, she was broken. And now after months of prayer she and her family have decided to open a maternity home.
Here are Kristen's words:
You watch your siblings starve. Your mother drinks to forget.
Maybe she asks you to give your body to a man in exchange for food or maybe you choose to do so because you cannot bare to hear the hunger cries of your baby sister for another night.
Either way, you get pregnant.
Your problem just got worse. You cannot continue to "work" and you cannot feed another mouth.
Abortion is illegal, but you think it's your only choice. You have a backstreet abortion in the slums of Africa with a bottle of alcohol and a knitting needle.
Ten days later, you die of an infection, just like *26,000 other women do every year.
A loving home will offer a second chance, another option for these girls. It will be a loving, safe place for them to get prenatal care, counseling, and to have their baby. It will give their baby a chance at life, to be raised by a mother who is learning skills and self-sufficency or by a local Christian orphanage, whichever she chooses.
Why a maternity home? Because it's what Jesus would do.
He would simply love them."
At The Rusted Chain, we've been looking for an organization to work with.
No hesitation, no questions asked, no fuss.
I understand that not everyone will want, or be able, to buy a necklace.
I will be ordering my Love Mercy necklace this week.
Just like Beki stated in her post, if you are unable to buy a necklace or do not want a necklace, please be in prayer for this mission.