Shelter in the Midst of a Storm

We all need shelter in the midst of a storm. Mercy House has opened our availability to women affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Dear Friends of Mercy House,

We all need shelter in the midst of a storm.

Please join us as we support women and their babies.

We serve women from all over and recently opened our availability to women affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Thank you for helping us be not only a shelter but a place to call home for women in need.

North Texas Giving Day

Mercy House is again participating in the nation’s largest community-wide giving event – North Texas Giving Day. This year’s event is on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 from 6 am to midnight.

Scheduled Giving is opened!

To schedule giving now or give on Thursday, click here.

We’re excited to announce we have a generous friend of the ministry who will match, on a 1-1 basis, the first $5,000 donated!

Every gift up to $10,000 will be enhanced with bonus funds from generous corporate sponsors.

Mercy House will also be eligible for special prizes for gifts over $10,000.

These are wonderful opportunities to multiply the impact of your gift to Mercy House.

We can make a difference when we join together.

In His Mercy,

Pam Frink
Executive Director

Creative Ways to Give {Amazon Prime Day}

Creative ways to give to Mercy House at no extra cost to you - shop on Amazon Smile on Prime Day! Tuesday, July 11th.

Did you know there are ways to support Mercy House at no extra cost to you?

Amazon has a Community Program that will donate a percentage or portion of purchases made to the charity of your choice when you enroll in Amazon Smile.

Amazon’s third-annual Prime Day is on Tuesday, July 11th, and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Shop Amazon Smile on Prime Day to generate donations to Mercy House at no extra cost to you

When you shop on Prime Day, shop at smile.amazon.com! Designate Mercy House Ministries Inc. as the charity of your choice and generate donations at no extra cost to you.

Start with a Smile on Prime Day. Shop for great deals.

If you have not enrolled for Amazon Smile, here are easy instructions to follow to get set up:

Click this link:  smile.amazon.com

Sign in to your Amazon account.

Pick a charitable organization. Choose Mercy House Ministries, Inc. (we are in Colleyville, founded in 1997).

Install the Amazon Assistant App. Amazon will walk you through and provide details on the service.

Then, when you shop, go to: smile.amazon.com!.

Don’t forget to Mark Your Calendar for Amazon’s Prime Day on Tuesday, July 11th!

 

No Daylight to Separate Us

There is no us and them — “there is no daylight to separate us — there’s only us.” We belong to each other.

“Sometimes it’s necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness.” Galway Kinnell

In his book, “Tattoos on the Heart,” Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles writes, “The wrong idea has taken root in the world. And the idea is this: there just might be lives out there that matter less than other lives.”

Kim and I have been here for eight months now feeling our way through the mission and purpose of this ministry as we have lived and worked with the four young women living in the house, and the truth of Kinnell’s words above are applicable to every one of them. And it’s around those words that we are endeavoring to move forward.

Embrace, encourage, empower

Our strategy is straightforward and simple—we plan to Embrace, Encourage, and Empower—with the goal of helping them to realize the simple truth that they are exactly what God had in mind when God made them.

But as Father Greg has discovered through his work at Homeboy, “…much stands in the way of this liberating truth. You need to dismantle shame and disgrace, coaxing out the truth in people who have grown comfortable believing its opposite.”

There is no us and them

To be honest, there is no us and them—“there is no daylight to separate us— there’s only us.” We belong to each other—we are all kin—and in that spirit of kinship, we should live our lives as Jesus would if he were us—not as a man for others, but as one with them. “In this way we are able to reach in and dismantle those messages of shame and disgrace and rearrange the language so they can imagine themselves as somebody, letting their souls feel their worth.” (Boyle)

The past no longer matters

“All this,” Father Boyle continues, “in the hope that once they inhabit this truth that their past no longer matters, they rediscover their loveliness, and nothing is ever the same.”

Can I get an AMEN?

Mark

Oh How Much Great in the Small

“Oh, how much great in the small!” are words that well up in my soul as I ponder the miracle of life.

What is it about a tiny baby that reduces a man to a babbling, infantile being spewing gibberish and nonsense like he’s lost his mind? This happens to me daily any time I see one of the four babies living here at Mercy House or whenever I spend time with my five-month-old grandson. Now I’m a sizable man – five feet ten, 215 (somewhat soft) muscular pounds – with a bald head, goatee and beard stubble, and the natural expression on my face doesn’t exactly exude friendliness; but put a baby in front of me and all that just seems to melt away.

I sit with my grandson and ponder the miracle that life is. I think about creation and the beauty all around me and I can’t help but marvel at the joy God must have felt as he was bringing it all into existence. I try to imagine what it must be like for a baby newly introduced to the glory of creation with no head knowledge of what anything is, experiencing life as it unfolds before it – the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feel of it all – and what it must be like trying to make sense of it all. And it’s a wonder that at 56 years of age I’ve made any sense of life at all. I simply sit in awe, overwhelmed by the complexity and enormity of life and the world we live in. And I long for that lack of head knowledge because I earnestly want to hold on to that infantile wonder and awe.

God created all of this for me, for you, for each and every tiny baby brought into this world.

 

Every time I hold a baby in my arms the words that well up in my soul are “Oh, how much great in the small!” and the facade I present to the rest of the world just melts away as the child in me – God’s child – rises to the surface, seeking His face.

Oh, how much great in the small!

Almost all jobs have their perks, but to be surrounded by these tiny beings containing the glory of heaven and angels and God – “Oh how much great in the small!” and “Oh, the glory of it all!”

Mark

Transforming Lives from Crisis to Beautiful

Together, we can make a difference. Transforming lives from crisis to beautiful, abundant living

You have most likely received a post card or seen posts on social media and our website announcing our participation in North Texas Giving Day, our nation’s largest community-wide giving event.

By giving on this day, you join thousands of people across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by investing in our community through charitable giving.

Mercy House. Changing Hearts, Changing Lives

Mercy House continues to offer a real, practical solution to the problem of unplanned pregnancy, providing life and hope for the mother as well as the baby. As our residents move from crisis to beautiful, abundant living, we see the cycle of loss broken. The future of two lives are forever changed.

You are making a difference in transforming the lives of young women and giving the gift of life to their children.

Gifts Multiplied

Your gifts are enhanced on North Texas Giving Day! Because of generous corporate sponsorship, every donation of $25 and above given on North Texas Giving Day will be multiplied!

Thanks to generous friends of our ministry, the first $10,000 donated to Mercy House will be matched on a 1-1 basis. That means your gift will be doubled!

Giving is open only between 6:00 a.m. and midnight on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Donations

To donate, click on the link: https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/mercy-house-ministries.

Thank you for loving Mercy House!

When courage, genius, and generosity hold hands, all things are possible. –Unknown