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SHARE THE

Light

October 14, 2021


Dear friends,

Welcome

Thank you for accepting our invitation to pause your busy fall schedule and join us for a special Share the Light event. In 2019, when we chose Shine Shine as the annual theme for Mercy House Global for 2021, we had no idea just how dark the world would feel. “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!” Matt. 5:14-16 Mercy House Global belongs to God. From day one, we have depended on His mercy and trusted Him to provide. We continue to say yes, and He continues to use you to meet each and every need. We see God’s hand at work as we push deeper into His plan for this ministry. This week, six more new pregnant girls will have a safe place to become mothers. This month, thousands of artisans will be empowered. This year, we will share the light in the darkness. We will shine.

About Mercy House Global Mercy House Global exists to engage, empower, and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. Through an indigenous staff, we fund the rescue of pregnant girls in Kenya and provide many others with dignified work so we can redeem future generations. We do this by engaging those with resources to say yes to the plight of women in poverty and by empowering women around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. Mercy House Global works with artisans in more than 30 countries, providing dignified jobs to thousands every year through Fair Trade Friday subscription clubs, three retails stores in Texas, and two online stores.


YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

What?

Amazing stories, incredible giveaways (just for showing up), special guests from Kenya, a surprise announcement, and opportunities to partner and receive exclusive fair trade product!

When?

October 14, 2021 at 7 pm CST

Where?

Mercy House Global app (for Android) (for iPhone) and/or Mercy House Global Facebook

Who? YOU

Why?

In lieu of our annual in-person fundraiser, we are pivoting and hosting a virtual celebration with a goal of raising of $100,000 to continue the work of Mercy House Global in 2022.

How?

If you are on Facebook, make sure your account is linked to CommentSold. All payments will be processed through CommentSold!


HOW TO PARTICIPATE - TONIGHT is a FUNDRAISER, NOT A SALE! As a thank you for your donation, we want you to experience Mercy House Global, so we are sending you a “thank you” gift! - If you’re watching on Facebook, instead of commenting “sold” on an item, you will comment GIVE followed by the amount you wish to give. - If you’re joining through the MHG app, you can click on the photo of the item shown when you want to donate. - All donations are tax deductible (over the amount of the cost of the gift). - If you are on Facebook, make sure your account is linked to CommentSold. All payments will be processed through CommentSold. - We are asking that you check out as you go. Since everything is FREE SHIPPING, please check out as soon as you comment GIVE. That way, we can track our progress for the evening. - You can buy more than one number and as many as you want of any number. We have unlimited amounts of some items, and a limited quantity of others. There will be opportunities for everyone to participate! - Shipping tonight is FREE! Unfortunately, we cannot ship internationally or to Hawaii or Alaska. - At the end of the night, we will be making a BIG announcement that you won’t want to miss! - Must be present to win! The more you comment, the more chances you’ll have to win one of tonight’s giveaways.


Give + GET

We will have 10 opportunities to comment Give + GET Fair Trade products from Mercy House Global tonight.

Give $25 the average monthly family donation given to MHG for the past 10 years

Give $60

the number of pregnant teen rescues in Kenya

Give $125

the number of volunteers who help us pack and ship thousands of packages a month

Give $250 a weaver’s monthly salary in Kenya

Give $500 average weekly pay a refugee earns making candles from home

GET $10 cart cash in the MHG shopping app

GET a set of 12 Days of Christmas shower steamers

GET a MHG advent guide, set of 12 tealights, and fair trade tealight holder

GET a Christmas garland, ornament, and Grace Flame candle

GET a collection of fair trade earrings and a one-of-a-kind earring holder


Give $1000 cost of one year of food for a family of six in a slum in Kenya

Give $2010 2010—Mercy House Global’s founding year

Give $3500 cost to rescue a pregnant teen mom and pay for her prenatal care and hospital delivery

Give $5000

the number of subscription club packages we ship out monthly

Give $10,000 the number of cloth diapers washed every month in Kenya at Rehema House

Give $15,000

GET a 3-piece refugee-made spa set in a fair trade basket

GET a 6-piece fair trade kitchen set

GET a fair trade leather bag filled with jewelry and accessories

GET a Fair Trade Friday Christmas collection

GET one of all items mentioned above

GET all five Fair Trade Friday clubs for a full year


Share the Light giveaways throughout the night No purchase necessary! Every participant (commenter) will be randomly entered to win one of these amazing prizes throughout the night: cart cash in the MHG app, Earring and Bracelet of the Month annual subscriptions, Grace Flame, Grace Case and Fair Trade Friday memberships! We will also be giving away a huge grand prize of a trip for two to Magnolia, Texas, that covers airfare, hotel, rental car, a gift certificate to shop—PLUS participation in a candle-making workshop in our Tomball, Texas, store!

Trip to Magnolia


Mercy House Global Artisans The fair trade products featured in our Share the Light event provide dignified jobs in partnership with Mercy House Global

Mercy House Global has a number of artisan groups in Kenya that create custom product for our online stores and Fair Trade Friday subscription clubs. These groups began as an overflow from Rehema House, the maternity homes we support in Kenya. We realized early in our endeavors of rescuing pregnant teens that we also needed to empower their families with dignified jobs so that we could help break the cycle of generational poverty. Miujiza | textiles + ceramics Miujiza means “miracle” in Swahili and that’s exactly what this group is. Miujiza is comprised of the mothers/grandmothers of some of the teen moms from the maternity homes. The women of Miujiza have become expert weavers and ceramicists. Street Hope | ornament Street Hope is made up of sixteen precious women in Mathare slum who began their lives living on the street. Some were totally homeless due to difficult circumstances; many were orphaned at an early age and doing whatever necessary to survive. One by one, they learned to hand stitch little felt hearts and moved into their own homes. Have Hope | jewelry + decor Have Hope from Kariobangi slum named their Bible study group “Have Hope” in 2010 because they didn’t have any. They are slowly and faithfully working their way out of poverty, one piece of jewelry at a time. They are diligent to save money as a group and have started multiple small businesses.


Refugees | Candle, tealights Muna and her family found refuge in Houston in 2019 after escaping war in their home country of Syria. Muna, her son, and her parents left everything they owned to find safety and begin a new chapter of their lives in America. Muna has a natural talent for design and handifcrafts. She and her mother are both employed by Mercy House Global. They pay close attention to detail, and they take enormous pride in every project they complete.

Refugees | Spa items (shower steamers, room spray, soap) Our spa products are made locally by the refugee artisans employed by Mercy House Global. These artisans have faced insurmountable odds and found refuge in the United States after fleeing their home countries because of war. Mercy House Global is honored to provide part-time work to help them contribute for their families and communities!

Share the light Artisan Groups Azizi Life | Basket Across the hills of Rwanda, groups of rural artisans are working to bring hope to their families through skillfully handcrafted goods. Azizi Life partners with over 30 independent groups—a total of more than 500 artisan partners. Rising from the horrors of genocide, artisans from all backgrounds have joined together once again through their craft. Each artisan cooperative specializes in handcrafting products using specific techniques and raw materials. Azizi Life is honored to partner with these women and men, collaborating to connect makers, designers, and customers around the world.


Noah’s Ark | Advent tealight holder, mango

Asha Project | Kantha tea towel, dish cloth

wood bowl, colander, metal trays

Asha Project was created with a vision to

After years of witnessing artisans struggling

empower women in India to help break the cycle

in India, Samuel Masih established Noah’s Ark

of poverty that has a hold on their families and

International Exports in 1986 in an effort to raise

communities. They believe HOPE (Asha) is the

the artisans out of poverty and preserve their

first step in breaking the cycle of poverty in

livelihoods. Noah’s Ark has supported artisans and

India and around the world.

their families with fair wages, long-term business investment, and health and education initiatives for more than thirty years. Ziyada | Banner, bunting, gift bags, ornament Ziyada means more—more hope, more help, more happiness, more health—for you and for our world. Ziyada exists to provide meaningful employment in a safe, loving environment for people caught in the devastating cycle of extreme poverty in North India, and in the process, to bring you more quality and beauty through each good they create. Daughters of Hope | Fair Trade pillows, tea towels The vision of Daughters of Hope is not only to reduce poverty and injustice but to give dignity and freedom to those who have been caught up in the cycle of economic and social oppression. Daughters of Hope trains and employs women from the slums in south India who have no other options for employment. Their employees are brought into a loving community where they are given a fair wage, free healthy lunches, childcare, health insurance, and most importantly, an opportunity to rise above their circumstances! Daughters of Hope currently employs more than 50 women who have been freed from the cycle of poverty.

Karama Collection | Leather bag Karama Collection began in 2006 with a single artisan partner in Ethiopia and has since expanded to working with artisans in six countries, affecting over 2,400 artisans and their families. Each purchase provides layers of transformation—yielding individual, community, economic, and eternal impact. Individual lives are changed when offered the opportunity to earn a living wage. Financial prosperity brings personal dignity and cultivates entrepreneurship. Karama is especially committed to marginalized artisans, including women, HIV+ individuals, the disabled, and the extremely poor. These individuals are restored and given a voice and viable place in society when given opportunities to work.


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