Mercy Ministry exists to help the poor, oppressed and forgotten throughout the world. These are the people unable to escape desperate poverty and life-threatening situations without aid.
Mercy Ministry helps nearly 200,000 people across the globe who would have been otherwise preyed upon or ignored. Our heart is to continue expanding our reach into the darkest corners of the world, showing widows, orphans and refugees God’s love.
Children without parents or guardians are some of society’s most vulnerable. If they become ill or injured, they may have no one to turn to for help. In worse cases, they are trapped in an abusive home where they being hurt by the very people meant to offer them protection. Mercy Ministry funds orphanages and centers where children can find a haven, continue their education and have fun.
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” (Psalm 68:5 ESV).
In many cultures around the world, a woman is mistreated and estranged from her community when her husband dies. Often, they and their children are cast out, forced to eke out a bare-bones living as best they can. In 1 Timothy 5:3-16, Paul called the church to care for widows; Mercy Ministry helps local churches create care programs for the widowed in their communities and works to dispel cultural stigmas around widows.
“Honor widows who are truly widows.” (1 Timothy 5:3).
People can be mercilessly unkind to those with disabilities, especially in cultures where a handicap is seen as a curse. Mercy Ministry helps those with disabilities and their families find appropriate medical care and connect them with church communities that will help protect and care for them. This frequently includes training on how to support those with handicaps that require special attention.
“When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:12-14 ESV).
In countries without a social care system, people depend heavily on their children to provide for them in their old age, but if they lose their children or are cast off, they struggle to survive. This problem is particularly prevalent in poverty-stricken communities, and Mercy Ministry reaches out to the abandoned elderly, making sure they have shelter, medical attention, food and company.
“Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22 ESV).
According to the UNHCR, over 70 million people have been forcibly displaced in 134 countries worldwide. This is one of the biggest humanitarian crises currently, and Mercy Ministry is dedicated to providing food, clothes and the gospel to refugees. We also help start schools for children in long-term camps and develop gardens and micro-businesses with adults so that they can be more self-sustaining.
“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9 ESV).