These girls are smiling for a very important reason.


They know they made a good investment.

What feels better than putting our faith in good stock?

These girls didn’t have gold or options. There wasn’t extra bonus money to invest or equity with which to barter.

By the world’s standards, they had nothing. And worse, they believed they were worth nothing.

But they had a seed. That’s it. A tiny speck of faith. And they invested it. They trusted in an unseen God and believed He would do the impossible.

And He did.

They chose to leave behind lives filled with agony and despair, abuse and neglect and trust people they didn’t know. Even God was a stranger.

It’s not an easy choice to give up all you know. Even extreme poverty feels safe when it’s all you know. But they were courageous enough to want more.

And God filled the empty places, healed the wounds and that tiny seed grew into a substantial investment.

“The only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. Our charities should pinch and hamper us. If we live at the same level of affluence as other people who have our level of income, we are probably giving away too little.” -C.S. Lewis

Their futures are promising and they are ready to invest in the lives of other young, pregnant, hopeless girls–the kind they used to be.

Because they understand this profound truth: God turns our lives around. He multiplies our hope and doubles our faith.

It’s a beautiful miracle.

And these girls and so many more like them, more than ever in this New Year, have the opportunity to make the same investment because of your wild generosity.

When God moves and you find yourself neck deep in His generosity there’s no going back.

I used to think I needed to be more before I could do more.

This is a lie.

God wants you today, right where you are, with what you have. He isn’t waiting for you to clean up your mess before you say yes.

Your yes matters. And the best part is size doesn’t matter. Your small yes to God is enough.

Consider making an investment yourself in these beautiful lives. It’s a guaranteed fortune.

The return is like no other.

It’s sure to make you smile too.

Written by Kristen Welch, We are THAT family and Mercy House founder

  • Veronica

    Kristin, how I love your heart for God’s girls! Thank you for all you do and continue to do for these lovely young women. I found your organization on Pure Charity and I firmly believe in Mercy House. When I see the photos of these smiling girls with their beautiful babies, my heart grows bigger. God Bless you.

    • Kristen

      Thank you, Veronica!

  • jamie

    That C.S. Lewis quote is some hard words. Appreciate this article and my first intro into Mercy House as well. I will certainly be back.

  • Mary Geisen

    So affected by your words “I use to think I needed to be more before I could give more”. God takes us any way we are-broken, whole, rich, poor. We just need to say “yes” when He calls us to take that next step. Thank you for the reminder today. Blessings, Mary!

  • Stephanie

    Just watched the Mercy House Kenya video on your site and tweeted it out! A remarkable story of what can happen when we say “yes” to God.

    P.S. Hope to see you in-person again soon, Kristen! I think back often to your generosity when we drove through Houston in 2011.