Kristen Welch
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Kristen writes at her parenting blog, We Are THAT Family and is author of Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Safe Sparkly Faith is No Longer Enough and founder of The Mercy House. Follow Kristen on twitter as @WeareTHATfamily.

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  1. Kristen,
    Especially in light of the recent atrocities, it is refreshing to see the faces of “mercy received” by the residents of Mercy House. Thank you for sharing a behind the scenes look at the lives being changed. May we all be called to make a small sacrifice in order to make a big difference in someone else’s life. We love because God first loved us…
    Blessings and prayers,

  2. Greetings! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. These girls look so young. May I ask their ages? Praying that they and their little ones grow up into God into every way. Thank you for what you are doing for them, and for all those who give and work with them. God bless you all richly!

  3. I’m going to share with my husband about this. I know he will agree, we should help you with our financial support.

    Kristen, I’ve followed you along since the first inRL. I think of what you do in my everyday life; at the kitchen sink, sorting laundry, playing with tiny toes. And I keep the question on my mind, how can I use what is in my hand to help save the life of another? Your life and your work doesn’t just inspire, but impels. Thank you!

  4. What a beautiful mission!!!! Indeed, “adoption is a little bandaid.”
    Thanks so much for sharing! With teary eyes, I look forward to passing this along!

  5. I feel that I want to give a gift to Mercy House but when I went on the website there was a sign up page. Wasn’t sure what that was. I am not much into social media and do not do Facebook or Twitter. Is there a way to mail a donation or is signing up and giving at least a one time gift online and maybe more again later possible?. Please let me know.

    • That’s so kind of you, Rachel. We’ve set up donations thru Pure Charity so they will be tax deductible. It’s a very quick sign up and you can easily make a one time donation if you’d like that way. Thanks so much for your support.

      • Thanks so much! This ministry gabbed my heart the minute I saw it. God has put women and children on my heart. I have so much and they have so little in comparison. Thanks for replying.

  6. Love this. Love your heart, Kristen.

    I had just posted a photograph on my Facebook of our most recent trip to Haiti. Our family supports a job-creation ministry down there, and it’s been amazing to see how this kind of work (and the kind of work you’re doing) keeps families together. I shared the following story:

    It was 2012, and a few of us were in a van, lurching down a rocky path in Haiti. One of the young Haitian women traveling with us waved her hands, shouted something in Creole, jumped up from her seat. The van driver stopped, and our friend leaned out the van door, with all of her queasy coming up and out. The men with us muttered about how she probably had motion sickness. A few of us moms in the van darted knowing glances: Morning sickness.

    A few minutes later, when we dropped her off at her one-room shack, she told us her news: She was pregnant. We hugged her, cupped her beautiful face in our hands, and we prayed for her and her baby.

    That pregnant mama? She’s an artist of an Iowa-based ministry in Haiti, making jewelry and making a living. When I left Haiti that week, I knew that her chances of being able to give birth and raise that child — her own child — were drastically improved because she had a good job with a fair wage.

    And I saw it with my own eyes, about ten months later, when our family was back in Haiti. That mama handed me her baby — her healthy baby — when we were worshipping in church. I cradled that child through the worship service, and even though her mama and I couldn’t speak the same language, I could understand some things clearer than ever before.

    (Thanks again, Kristen, for all you do in the Kingdom.)

  7. Thank you for the beautiful work you are doing here. May God continue to richly bless you and all those help make this ministry possible.