The Mercy House and Monarch

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I’ve been reading Kristen Welch’s blog, We Are That Family since she took over Works for Me Wednesday forever ago. I always enjoyed her blog because of her sense of humor, her deep faith in Christ…and well, that Chick-Fil-A sweet tea thing. What can I say? There’s a sense of kinship there.

So, I was reading when Kristen went to Africa with Compassion International. Her posts moved me so much that our family sponsored a child from Kenya. I got to watch the transformation that the experience brought to her family.

I was reading when Kristen started posting about “something big” that God was doing, but that she wasn’t sure where it was going to go. I think it is so cool that I was among the many We Are That Family who got to see a God-sized dream being conceived and brought to fruition.

I got to watch The Mercy House be born.


The Mercy House is a maternity home for young girls in Kenya. If you’ve never heard of The Mercy House, I encourage you to take a moment to go read their purpose statement, which explains the how’s and why’s of Mercy House better than I could ever hope to do.

We have supported The Mercy House as much as we’ve been able, mostly by shopping from the store. Now, The Mercy House has a new supporter, one with whom you may be familiar.

You see, not only do the folks behind The Mercy House want to help these young girls have a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery, but they want to educate them, as well. They want to provide the girls with an academic education and a marketable skill that they can use to support themselves when they leave Mercy House.

So, Kristen started looking asking on Twitter for tips on homeschooling that they could implement at The Mercy House during the time the girls were staying there. You can read that story here. It’s a good one.

The short version is that Kristen began talking with the folks from Alpha Omega – you know, Switched-on-Schoolhouse, Horizons, Monarch. After catching Kristen’s vision for The Mercy House, Alpha Omega donated two licenses for every subject (excluding history) for grade 7-11 to The Mercy House! Isn’t that incredible?




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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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