Teen-aged laughter and baby giggles.


Heartfelt worship songs and dancing feet.

Red dirt and colorful laundry hanging on the line.


I’m in Kenya this week with my family at Mercy House and this verse is alive in my heart:

“O, Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.’ -Psalm 33:9

Sometimes when we give money, we wonder if it really goes to what it’s asked for. I’m your eyewitness today, testifying of mercy.


Maureen, Kenyan Director

We have a little more wiggle room for our 24 residents now in our new-to-us van.

new van

Two new classrooms are already in use…


And a skills room…


and a computer lab that will take our students to the next level of learning.


And a new generator being delivered today, ready to offer backup power.


From our hearts to yours—–

T  H  A  N  K     Y  O  U

Thank you for giving, for loving mercy in such a beautiful way.


Stay tuned for the last, biggest (and most needed) phase coming soon!

Written by Kristen Welch, We are THAT family

  • Bev Duncan @ Walking Well With God

    Thank you for the up close and personal tour. It is a blessing to see what our gifts are doing. Would love to hear a testimony of just one of the life stories of a Mercy House sister. Thankful that all our love is being channeled through you. O, taste and see that the Lord is good!

  • amy

    Worshipping and praising with you! Our God is so good! Giving thanks!

  • maureen

    Phenomenal! You totally made my day:) Amazing to see what God is doing…thank you for being hands and feet!

  • Vero

    Oh Kristen, thank you for sharing these photos with us. It totally made my morning! I discovered Mercy House a few months ago and was lead by God to donate to each phase. Something about those girls and their beautiful smiles and spirits touched me deeply. I am so very thankful that all phases of the project (except the last one) has been funded. To God be the glory!

    Wishing you and your family, and the entire Mercy family a blessed Thanksgiving and time of fellowship together. I am praying for all of you!

    Kind Blessings,


  • Amanda

    My heart is full!! So grateful to see what God is doing with willing hands and feet. Praying that He will bless your time there, and the effort to purchase a second home. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed!

  • Lynn

    So precious! Praying for this ministry , the girls and workers!

  • Ann Voskamp

    My. Heart. Might. EXPLODE!
    Glory be to God!
    Does it get any better than THISSSS!?!

    This is loving mercy — Loving JESUS!

  • Mary Beth

    Thank you for showing the pictures of God’s blessings being poured out!

  • Kathy @ In Quiet Places

    What a beautiful sharing of what God is doing, thanks for this special post,

    Happy Thanksgiving Mercy House!

  • Jami

    These photos just made my day! Thank you for sharing the pictures and for allowing us to be blessed by working with you and the beautiful folks at Mercy House!

  • ~Karrilee~

    I love this! I was just praying this morning and thinking about the kick off for Phase 5! We sat down as a family a few days ago to discuss how and where we’d be cutting back this Christmas in order to pour out in Kenya! So honored to be a small part of the BIG thing that God is doing!

  • Annie Barnett

    Amazed. Such a gift.

  • Lisa-Jo Baker (@lisajobaker)

    Now that’s what I call a THANKSGIVING!!!!!

  • Robin Quackenbush

    So much joy!

  • Rorybore

    what a wonderful work of love and God!! so amazing!
    just perfect timing for thanksgiving and counting blessings.

  • Beth Williams

    Thank you Kristen for the wonderful pictures and updates! Like Bev said we would love to hear a true story from one of the In Mercy women. Love to hear how Mercy House has blessed her and enriched her life!

    Keep up the good work and God will bless it all@

  • Rachel

    I stumbled upon your blog through a friend, and it has really touched my heart. I had a baby as a single mom when I was very young, and I was blessed enough to have loving parents who allowed me to live with them, and who helped me care for my baby. Seeing you be that loving, supportive “mom” to these girls in Kenya moves me to tears. God works in amazing ways! Bless you for being sensitive to His nudges!

  • terri uecker

    Where is Kenya is the Mercy House??

  • Hannah @ Boots & Feet

    SO GOOD! Giving thanks with you today!