There is just something about Spring, don’t you think? Even with alarming things happening in our country and world, new life still springs forth. And with it? Hope. We went to an area garden a couple weeks ago. The camellia, tulips, and trees were all in bloom. It was glorious.
But I want to use this space today and the HOPE that I’ve been feeling with all of this new life bursting forth to tell a bit of a story. It’s a story about new life and two women who met in an unusual way. One from a town in Texas. One from the slums of Kariobangi in Kenya. One rescued from wealth. The other rescued from poverty. Their lives now – forever entwined. One who knew of a great need. The other who was willing to help do something about filling that need. And the new life in this story? Babies! (yes again)
I’m thankful that my pregnancies have all been greeted with squeals of joy and excitement and conceived in love. But that’s not the case for many in this world. Not even my own mother. While I’m sure my own mom was not elated to find out she was pregnant while still in high school, she had plenty of options to have her baby (me) in safety and with the support of family. She got married, and while things weren’t “ideal,” they worked. And we’re all happy, healthy, and still together.
I can’t make any comparisons about other women who find out they’re pregnant in less than “ideal” circumstances, but I have read the story about what prompted the small town Texan, Kristen, to partner with a formerly impoverished woman, Maureen, to provide a safe haven for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. These girls are often raped or asked by their own mothers to sell their bodies for sex in a desperate measure to feed their families. Some of these girls are as young as 12. Many die from botched, illegal abortion attempts. As someone who values life, I am so glad that these women responded to the need.
Although the vision for it was born after the Founder’s trip to Africa in 2010, I only personally found out about Mercy House Kenya a little over a year ago. It was kinda superficial at first, actually. I liked a shirt I’d seen. I searched high and low until I found it: