A Sermon Update: What IAMercy is Doing in 2018

Greetings from Seth and IAMercy!

Please take time out of your day to hear what God is doing now through IAMercy.  If you are reading this via email navigate to the IAMercy website and play the sermon audio file.  (If you have any difficulty downloading or playing the audio file from the IAMercy website then you can also access the sermon online here).

This has been an exciting year for IAMercy.  God is growing the ministry in some new ways.  In 2014 I went to Nairobi, Kenya to be a father to a group of 7 former street boys.  IAMercy launched The Saint Boys Project for the care of these 7 children and youth.  Now, less than four years later, IAMercy has approximately 70 people for whom it is caring through The Daily Bread Project.  However, The Daily Bread Project does not care for needs in a holistic way.  So, IAMercy is piloting a new project:  "The IAMercy Village."  In the "Village" we are caring for quite a few more children (including several girls) in a holistic manner.  

We have grown from caring for 7 in the beginning to approximately 70 now.  But we want to do much more for these 70, many of whom still need holistic care.  Moreover, we want to remember that there are an estimated 70,000 street children in Nairobi who need the love of Christ.  I invite you to prayerfully listen to this sermon and ask God what role He would have you play in helping IAMercy achieve the vision of caring for the international poor in Christ's name.  As we grow please consider donating to help us help others.

Please use the pictures below as a visual aid while going through this sermon.

Mercy starts with you.

Seth Johnson

 

 Manyatta Butchery:  One of the places where street boys sleep in the slum

Manyatta Butchery:  One of the places where street boys sleep in the slum

 The interior of Manyatta Butchery

The interior of Manyatta Butchery

 Imagine a child you love sleeping on this floor.

Imagine a child you love sleeping on this floor.

 Imagine a child you love using this as a pillow.

Imagine a child you love using this as a pillow.

 Imagine a child you love sleeping on this mattress.

Imagine a child you love sleeping on this mattress.

 Imagine a child you love sleeping in this chair.

Imagine a child you love sleeping in this chair.

 The Johnson Household:  2014-2015

The Johnson Household:  2014-2015

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 Expansion One (2015):  The Daily Bread Project

Expansion One (2015):  The Daily Bread Project

 Expansion Two (2015-17):  Younger Sons

Expansion Two (2015-17):  Younger Sons

 The Johnson Household:  2018

The Johnson Household:  2018

 Expansion Three (2018):  The IAMercy Village (Mary Njoki is the girl in the picture)

Expansion Three (2018):  The IAMercy Village (Mary Njoki is the girl in the picture)

 The IAMercy Village:  Fidelis with her daughters Mary Njoki and Regina

The IAMercy Village:  Fidelis with her daughters Mary Njoki and Regina

 Winnie Frida and Winnie Glory

Winnie Frida and Winnie Glory

 The IAMercy Village:  Janet with her daughters Nancy, Juliet, Winnie Glory, Winnie Frida and her son Aggrey

The IAMercy Village:  Janet with her daughters Nancy, Juliet, Winnie Glory, Winnie Frida and her son Aggrey

 The IAMercy Village:  Saint Boys 2.0

The IAMercy Village:  Saint Boys 2.0

 We have plenty of room to keep expanding...

We have plenty of room to keep expanding...

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 Naomi:  The Model Donor

Naomi:  The Model Donor

 Winnie Glory and Winnie Frida

Winnie Glory and Winnie Frida

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Merry Christmas!

Dear Donors, Prayer Partners, and Friends of IAMercy,

This Thanksgiving I reflected on how much God has provided for my family and this ministry through those of you who give to us generously and pray for us regularly.  I have continued to be grateful for our donors and prayer partners as we progress through the holidays.  

As I reflect over the year there are a few things in particular for which I want to thank you.

 [My younger sons helped me set up the tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Branton is the small boy on the left.  Ian is to his right, then Moses, John, and Dishon (far right).]

[My younger sons helped me set up the tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Branton is the small boy on the left.  Ian is to his right, then Moses, John, and Dishon (far right).]

Thank you for giving so that we could invest in girls this year.  We had several girls start to come to our feedings many months ago.  I am glad to report that they continue to attend our events.  We are thinking and praying about how we might help some of them more holistically in the coming year.

 [Some of the new girls who have been coming to our feedings.]

[Some of the new girls who have been coming to our feedings.]

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Thank you for empowering us to continue to reach a whole host of boys.  We now have about 60 people who attend our feedings (boys and girls combined) - though they don't all come at the same time.  That said - recently there have been upwards of 50 at several feedings.  Thank you for making these feedings possible.

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Thank you for helping to pay for Julius' and Vincent's school fees.  They both just graduated from High School in October!  I am very proud of them, and you should be too.  You helped them to reach this very important milestone.

 [Graduation Day:  Julius is on my left and Vincent is on my right.]

[Graduation Day:  Julius is on my left and Vincent is on my right.]

And - at this season - thank you for helping to make our holidays fun.  IAMercy just bought Christmas clothes for my sons who live with me.  I had a box of candy delivered today with which I plan to stuff the stockings.  On account of your generosity we feasted on Thanksgiving, and we plan to feast again for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Our lives are rich - and you have greatly helped to enrich them.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

With Gratitude,

Seth Johnson

 

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