Eric and I both turn 50 this year and it’s a sobering thought to know that statistically, at least half of our life is over. We have big plans for the next 50 years (or as many as God has planned for us). Our prayer is that the years we have left would be more purposeful, more focused, and more fun than all the years before. Running “Miles for Mercy” in 2016 will get us off to a great start!
Each year we increase our giving and prayerfully choose another ministry to support. This year we’ve added Mercy House to the list.
Mercy House exists to engage, empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. Engage those with resources to say yes to the plight of women in poverty. Empower women and teenage mothers around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. Disciple women to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.
Kristen Welch founded Mercy House after a trip to Kenya in 2010 with Compassion International. I met Kristen and heard her speak at a women’s conference in 2013. Her testimony and the stories of the women who are served through Mercy House have been on my heart and mind ever since. Please click on the links below to learn more about Kristen and the work of Mercy House.
- We Are That Family—Kristen’s blog
- Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough—Kristen’s book about the Mercy House journey
- Mercy House History
- Mercy House Kenya—the place to learn about all things related to Mercy House and Fair Trade Friday.
Miles for Mercy
Eric and I have been runners since we were in high school. We’ve completed 5ks, half-marathons, and Eric has completed 4 marathons! Sharing our running goals/achievements is something we haven’t done much of on social media but we’ve decided to change that this year for a good cause.
In our twenties we ran for fun, in our thirties for fitness, and in our forties for weight-loss. (We’re still working on that one!) In this, our fiftieth year, we want to run for more.
Mercy House is our “more”!
In 2016, we plan to train for and run at least 3 races with the purpose of raising awareness about Mercy House and raising funds to support their work. Our first race is a 5k in our county. We’ve set up a crowdrise page so you can give. We ask you to prayerfully consider making a donation and no amount is too small. Our goal for 2016 is $2500 (50 squared) and all the funds raised go directly to Mercy House. We’re honored to partner with them and run #milesformercy.
You can check out our crowdrise page here.
If you can’t give we’d ask you to pray for us and Mercy House.
We’ll both be sharing updates about our training runs/races on social media if you’d like to follow along.
Act justly, love mercy, run humbly. (Micah 6:8) #milesformercy
I’m cheering for Eric and Stacy as they run #milesformercy.