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 got us off to a great start!

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Each year we increase our giving and prayerfully choose another ministry to support. In 2016 we chose Mercy House.

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 The Mission

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 in my heart and mind ever since.  Please click on the links below to learn more about Kristen and the work of Mercy House.

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  1. We Are That Family—Kristen’s blog
  2. Rhinestone Jesus: Saying Yes to God When Sparkly Safe Faith Is No Longer Enough—Kristen’s book about the Mercy House journey
  3. Mercy House History
  4. 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 6 marathons (as of Jan. 2018)! 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.

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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 our fiftieth year, we wanted to run for more.

Mercy House was our “more”!

In 2016, we planned 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 was a 5k in our county. We set up a Crowdrise page so you could give. We asked you to prayerfully consider making a donation and no amount is too small. All the funds raised went directly to Mercy House. We were honored to partner with them and run #milesformercy.

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