As Anita started to seek out the resident, she learned that it was occupied by a woman named Mercy. Almost immediately Anita found herself being drawn to Mercy and started to learn more about her story. She quickly discovered that Mercy was sick with tuberculosis (TB) and her living situation was even worse than Anita had imagined.
Mercy was sick but surviving in unacceptable living conditions. It was clear that she was tough and as we learned more about her life we started to understand why.
Over her lifetime, Mercy has given birth to 14 children, but she has lost 9 of them to death by various illnesses. Experiencing this type of extreme and traumatic loss has driven her to become the type of person that would do whatever it takes to protect her own. Over the years, she had learned to endure one difficult situation after another. Her life had been hard and had been marked by hopelessness and despair.
Once Anita had heard Mercy’s story, she knew that she needed to share this desperate situation with the rest of the Poetice Adult Ministry team. Anita invited Mercy to come to a Sunday Gathering at Poetice and Mercy came. Aware of her situation, our team began to minister and encourage Mercy but we didn’t initially act on her physical needs.
Word started spreading quickly around the Poetice community about the scope of Mercy’s housing needs. Almost immediately, more and more students, staff, and others chose to contribute financially towards the house for Mercy. As more and more people heard her story, it didn’t take very long for remaining funds to come in. Together, because of this giving community, we were able to start construction on Mercy’s new house with new flooring, a window, and a door.
Today, Mercy has completely surrendered her life to the Lord and we are continuing to minister to her on a regular basis. She has left her old life of hopelessness behind her and she is now actively pursuing a real relationship with God.
Mercy is now a part of a new family
at Poetice and in the Kingdom of God.
Every time we pass her place,
it’s an amazing reminder of what
it looks like for a community to rally together
and lift each other up in times of need.