For your enjoyment. I found it on YouTube: Amena Brown: Psalm 139. Inspiring.
Women who inspire
Girls who inspire. Click the link below to read this story. Then ask, “What have I done lately?”
Today I receive 3 new Christian music CDs in the mail from EMI. I won them from Kristen at We Are That Family (and The Mercy House). Although winning something is always awesome, I really wanted to introduce you to the double-force behind The Mercy House.
Kristen, living in America, is mobilizing support for Mercy through her blog and donations. Her partner in Mercy is Maureen, who is working in Africa.
The Mercy House was established as a safe haven for young pregnant girls in Kenya, Africa. The young girls accepted into The Mercy House have no safe place to call home.
The stories are all different. Yet all the same. They are all filled with unbelievable pain: Step-fathers forcing themselves on young, scared girls. Orphaned pregnant girls sleeping on the ground, scrounging for food because they’ve been kicked out of their house. And finding girls too late, suffering from the trauma of self-aborting, injuring themselves, then trying to commit suicide.
God has given us a dream to build a house of mercy in the heart of Africa to help heal and offer hope to pregnant girls.
The Mercy House Shop sells beautifully made jewelry and art made from recycled magazines. The girls at The Mercy House craft these one-of-a-kind creations to sell. 25% of the sale of these items goes into a fund for the girls’ future, the other 75% goes back into The Mercy House to sustain monthly expenses.
The girls are taught living skills for the future, such as sewing, meal preparation, and cleaning. The girls also receive prenatal care including ultrasounds and blood work.
The Mercy House is a testament of God using women to leave this world a better place than they found it. That is why Kristen and Maureen are Women Who Inspire.
May God richly bless The Mercy House in the years to come.
I know this is all over the web today but, seriously, I cried this morning when I first heard this story on the Today Show.
Amanda Lindhout is truly a Woman Who Inspires!
In 2008, Amanda Lindhout was a freelance journalist in Somalia when
she was kidnapped and began 15 months of nightmarish captivity. But
today she has returned, determined to make the country a better place.
Check out this link to read the whole story: Once a kidnap victim in Somalia, she returns to help.
Enough negativity! Here’s something to inspire you as the 9th anniversary of September 11th approaches:
Beyond the 11th: Founded by two American women whose husbands were killed on September 11th, our mission is to reach beyond differences of culture and geography to embrace the most essential of connections: humanity.
Afghan widows are highly vulnerable and trapped in an ever-deepening cycle of extreme poverty and helplessness. Beyond the 11th funds programs that help widows gain the skills necessary to generate their own income and become self-sufficient. We strongly believe that education and empowerment are the keys to creating lasting social change.
These women are making a difference! Learn more go here: http://www.beyondthe11th.org/
People have said you have “earned your wings” when you get to heaven. It’s because of your kind and giving heart. You would never let anyone be left out in the cold without a home. I can’t even remember how many people you have opened your home to because they had no home of their own, including Ron’s 5 grandchildren and their mother when they lost their home. You have done this all while home-nursing Ron with ALS and still holding down a fill-time job. Now, these 5 kids have become your own grandchildren. When Ron was diagnosed with ALS you never questioned whether or not to take care of him. You asked, “How can I not?” I know you had dreams of your own and how your life would be with him; growing old together and watching the grandchildren running and playing. None of this is to be. You never imagined your life would be this difficult but, yet, you have withstood it all and continued on. Your faith in God has kept you going. Remember: He does not give us more than we can handle. You always put others before yourself. Your faith is an inspiration to me and other who have know you. I know there is a reason why you are here on this earth and you don’t need to wait until you get to heaven to wear your wings…you already have them. You are a guardian angel to so many people that your wings will be well worn! Every life you touch is richer for it.
I wrote this to my mom in 2005. Five years later it is still true. She is still caring for Ron (who needs 24/7 care because of ALS) and his grandchildren. She does it because she says it would be wrong not too. I was once asked in a job interview who I admire the most. I said, “My mother”. I think the interviewer was expecting me to say “Oprah” or some other celebrity. But it is true. People who give everything to others, especially those who get nothing or hate in return, are the people who inspire me. Happy Mother’s Day!
Love, your daughter
Like this post? Read more letters and poems to other moms at: http://highcallingblogs.com/7638/mothers-day-project/
Also, head over to Moms of Faith Blog for a little inspiration: 101 Tips to Become a Better Mom of Faith: http://momsoffaith.com/blog/101-tips-to-become-a-better-mom-of-faith/