How a Life Can Support a Life: Part 2
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*UPDATE* I’m re-running this post in case you haven’t seen it and so you can check out an example of one of the gorgeous necklaces we’ll be giving away. Read below to find out more about your chance to win, and I’ll link to the winner this Saturday! My own story of redemption began in Alabama woods, the sun spreading through the pines, doves disappearing in pasture grasses. My Daddy sat next to me on an old stump and pointed to the sky or a rock, and he would say, “See how great God is?” and I would say “yes,” and we practiced noticing.
But as I got older I stopped all that, my child eyes dimming. A baby grew in me, and then I stopped it, and then all went dark. But in that darkness, I chased the tiniest bit of light, and the light transformed me. Without that child and without those who really loved me afterward, I would not have been given my own child-eyes back.
My redemption story starts with the child.
I’ve had the opportunity to share this story with women who will still decide to abort, and even then, my story is still being written, and love continues to be the best option. I know that even when a woman finds herself in the darkest of places, the One who is Love still pursues her because He’s the One who loves First anyway, no matter the death that surrounds.
We’ve been given the opportunity, I believe, to join God in something great – to love first. When Kristen of We Are THAT Family first shared with us her vision for The Mercy House in Kenya, to provide a maternity house for the victimized in Nairobi, I knew at once that God’s hand had already written this out for us, a continuation of our own redemption story. I knew that this was an opportunity to live out a Pro-Life Life – “To act justly and love mercy, to walk humbly with God.” Here’s the issue :
- Annually, 26,000 women die from having an illegal, unsafe abortion in Kenya. (Center for Reproductive Rights) *Updated: in September 2010, abortion was legalized in Kenya.
- Abortion is a volatile topic in Kenya.
- 13,000 Kenyan girls are kicked out of school for being pregnant. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
- 25% of pregnant women in Kenya are HIV positive (ObGyn in Kenya)
- Every 30 minutes, a woman is raped in Kenya. (Nairobi Women’s Hospital)
- Mothers often force their daughters into trading sex for food in the slums (CNN)
- More than 20,000 children are sex trafficked in Kenya (Human Trafficking)
- 1500 women die in childbirth every day across Africa (WHO)
I’ve prayed and felt swallowed up by the hugeness of such an issue. I’ve prayed and begun to watch God go before with detail after detail – how He cares for those women, how He has a plan for restoration and redemption. If it is your desire to live out a pro-life life, then may I ask you to consider this. Consider actively praying for Mercy House, for the women who will be loved there, for healing, for healthy bodies, minds, and souls. Pray for the Kenyan women who will be coming along side them to offer the option of life – not just for the child but also for the mother.
Pray that all our eyes will be opened. Consider giving. Considering sponsoring with monthly support. Whatever you do and for whomever you do it, consider putting your prayers and your money where your mouth and your bumper stickers are.
And speaking of bumper stickers, would you consider adding The Mercy House Button to your blog or facebook page? Would you help us spread the word through twitter or email? If you’re interested in supporting Mercy House in any way, if you tweet, or add a button to your blog, please leave a comment, and you’ll be entered to win a special necklace from the Mercy House Etsy Shop, a shop who gives 100% of funds to support the maternity house, where the Redemption stories start there, too, with a child.
Ah, because don’t we all share the same Father?Is His story not their story? Is their story not also ours?