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Mary is a writer and speaker who lives for good books, spicy queso, and television marathons – but lives because of God’s grace. She writes about giving up on perfect and finding truth in unexpected places at MaryCarver.com. Mary and her husband live in Kansas City with their two daughters.

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  1. Mary,
    I get it. It’s easy to brush off stories and even pictures, but until you get to KNOW the people who are poverty stricken, persecuted, orphaned, etc. do their stories become real enough that you can’t ignore them. As the head of a non-profit myself that serves orphans in a terror-ridden Middle Eastern country to provide a safe haven for children from human trafficking, child prostitution and child slave labor, extremist militia recruitment, begging rings, gang rape, they become REAL people that I can no longer ignore. I applaud and stand behind Kristen’s commitment to DO something tangible. A little out of our pockets goes a long way theirs. Let’s be doers and not just observers. God commissions us to be the hands and feet of Jesus….will we ignore His command?
    Bev xx

  2. What a poignant introduction to such a beautiful opportunity, Mary. Thank you for conveying the heart of all this, and perfectly so. I am ridiculously excited to sit back and watch what God is going to do in this Kingdom work!! 1000 sisters linking arms? That will be (in)credible!!

  3. Mary,

    I get it. Our “cushy” lives here doesn’t even compare to other countries. It is so hard to understand just exactly what they are going through. I sponsor a young girl in Ninos De Mexico. That is a Christian mission for orphaned children in Mexico. They live within the “compound” of Ninos & attend school. They are getting a much better life than before. I was excited one day to receive a letter that my girl got baptized. Everyone can do something for these less fortunate in other countries. We just need to open our eyes & hearts to the needs.

    Blessings 🙂

  4. This is a fantastic post about a project that I am totally behind with my heart and my pocketbook. Just submitted my donation! Thanks, Mary, for bringing it to life in such a meaningful way.

  5. Hi Mary,Thanks for sharing ,I would love to donate to Mercy House ..I live in Australia can I still donate ?

    • Sheena, yes you can donate to Mercy House from anywhere in the world! I’m not positive whether they will be able to ship the “thank you” ornament overseas, but we’d be so honored if you would still partner with us through a donation of any size. Thanks so much for reading and linking arms with (in)courage!
      Here’s the donation page: https://www.purecharity.com/one-thousand-mercies

      • Thats really great thanks for the link Becky.
        They don’t need to send an ornament , I understand and can still pray : )
        I have read (in)courage every morning for the past year or so ( such a blessing and encouragement and a great way to start off my day ) this is the first time I have commented here : )

  6. Mary, thank you so much for kicking off #1000mercies with relatable, powerful words. I’m so excited that we get the opportunity to be a small part of another woman’s story — that God could use our little $15 to make a lasting impact in the life of one of His daughters. Incredible!

  7. Thank you Mary for this post. I was just reading a book by Holley Gerth where she was talking how we can serve others and she mentioned this website. I’ve been wanting to get involved in a misionary for a long time and I think God has just sent a one for me. I’ll definitely contribute and would love to get involved with Mery House. Once again thank you! God bless you! ❤️

    • Beata, this makes us so delighted to hear! Thanks for saying yes to linking arms and making a difference in the lives of women through Mercy House!

  8. Yes! I am joining you and linking arms with my sisters around the world. They are loved, they are seen, and they are not forgotten. Thank you so much for sharing, Mary. I hope and pray that many women will join in the #1000mercies campaign, and I pray that many will continue to contribute to Mercy House throughout the new year!