Little Miracles

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Kerith Children’s Home

on March 24, 2014

1003812_10151725944669462_1616839241_nI want to introduce you to an amazing, God-centered, and love filled place.  You might not expect to find happy children that dance and sing, a lot, that laugh and smile easily, and that love so freely in an orphanage.  But if you go to Kerith Children’s Home in Pallisa, Uganda, that is exactly what you will find.  When we arrived in Pallisa, the children were in school, however when we went back for dinner that night, the children greeted us with hugs and with singing and dancing.  Throughout our time there, whenever we were with the children, they hugged us, held our hands, and wanted to play with us.  They very quickly called me Auntie Meg, which is a term of endearment there; much like it is for us here in the States, though I had done nothing to deserve such sweet and honest love.

Kerith was founded and is run by Samuel and Mercy Mwesigwa.  To share part of their story, Mercy felt called to open an orphanage early on and God placed Pallisa on her heart.  Samuel is the son of a pastor in Buziika who runs Canaan Children’s Home and he said he didn’t want to start an orphanage because that’s what he had grown up with.  God did draw him to Pallisa and after driving there one day, he knew that was where God wanted him to live and do ministry after he finished college.  Samuel and Mercy met while attending college in Kenya and after several tries (it’s really quite funny to hear them tell the story), Mercy agreed to marry Samuel.  After they got married, they decided to follow through on God’s calling on Mercy’s life to start an orphanage and Kerith Children’s Home was born.  In the Bible, Kerith is the brook by which God sends Elijah when Jezebel seeks his life and where God sent ravens to feed Elijah.  God took care of Elijah by the brook Kerith, providing him with safety, food, and water.  This context makes Kerith the perfect name for this orphanage for that is exactly what God uses Samuel and Mercy’s ministry to do for the children that call Kerith home.

The children at Kerith are fed 3 times a day, they go to the school that Samuel and Mercy also founded, and attend the church Samuel pastors.  They are provided with clothes and they help in the ministries that Samuel and Mercy are a part of in Pallisa and the surrounding areas.  While I can not imagine what these children have been through to find themselves in an orphanage, they are surrounded by people who love them and care about them greatly at Kerith.  They have devotions every night before bed and when given the chance they love to sing for visitors that come to the orphanage.

Samuel and Mercy need help financially to keep Kerith running.  It takes a lot of money to house, feed, and provide clothes and schooling all the children that call the orphanage home.  They are also in the process of building a medical clinic in Pallisa which will be a very expensive project for them. I ask that you please join me in prayer for the donors that are needed to keep Kerith running financially.  969730_10151725924534462_235073076_n

With love,

Meg

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One response to “Kerith Children’s Home

  1. Rebekah says:

    That is sooooooooo neat!!!! Their story is pretty amazing!!! 🙂
    I will defiantly be praying!!!!

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