Our Mercy work was created in 1994 specifically to help and heal refugees , in particular young refugees, war orphans, or others whose family life has been totally disrupted by the wars in Africa. The security of a stable home brings healing and education diminishes fear of the future, replacing it with hope. Hence our motto: Love changes everything. Mercy House embodies this and our history has proved this to be true.
On Monday 16 Nov 2 new dog kennels were donated to us for our beloved dogs, Princess and Lady who are very much part of the Mercy House family’s joy.
As they were too big for the gateway, these very heavy items had to be lifted OVER the gate with much anxiety, but all hands on deck we got there. The photos show our Mercy House boys doing the job as well as Peter and Tish Holding, both members of the Mercy House management committee, Peter being our accountant.
“I rejopiced when I heard them say, let us go to God’s house. and now our feet are standing with your gates.”
Today, Residents of Mercy House decided to share what Mercy House has done for them and what they have done for mercy house.
I really rejoice when I heard that Teacher Diana was going to give a chance to see my orphaned nephew again. Thank you Mercy house for accommodating me and Moise my nephew, who arrived here at Mercy house on the 15 March 2009. We are happy to be here at mercy house I am trying to building a happy family. As a committee member if leaders are not at home I usually help people to get what they want in garage (Mercy house storeroom) because I have got keys. If you are looking at my behaviour, I never fight with anyone and I don’t hate anyone. I can say that I am happy to be here
2nd Resident Mercy house is a family to me, where I find a new breath of life, where I can try to rebuild life and forget about my sad past. Mercy house has done so many things to me, for example the welcome that I have received, free accommodation, good care and protection and education. I always do my duties with love and properly. Mercy house is my first subject of prayer. I fix toilet, lights and tapes. I do monthly cleaning of dog bed. May God bless the management of Mercy house. 3rd Resident Mercy house has done a lot for me, if I were to say in details, it will take days and nights. I am about to graduate as an engineer, all blessings from mercy house. Mercy house made me forget about the past and focus on the future. I will always be thankful. I try to make mercy house a beautiful place for God. A place, where everyone feels welcome. Even sometime I fail to accomplish my mission unintentionally, but always ask God to give me strength and courage in order for me to fulfil what I have to do. To be an example among others a good one.
The room will be used to house occassional visitors at Mercy house.
We, at Mercy House, are greatful to Judy McGregor Mick and Penny and to the St Richard’s Parishioners for their overwhelming generosity.
The workers have been simply excellent and everything has happened so quickly. The photos show progress. It should be finished within a few days and then we shall get busy furnishing it. our first guest, currently volunteer German student, Anje (see photo below) was supposed to stay there, but as it was not ready when she arrived, she was quite happy to pitch tent in our storeroom on a couch, accompanied even by few mice! As soon as the extension is ready, she will be the first guest to stay there. We hope that our BA pilot Stefan, will make use of it too, when he comes again… apart from that, it will be our much-longed-for and much-needed new office. This project has been costly but it was very necessary, and that is why we went ahead, feeling we could not wait and trusting in Divine providence.
New volunteer, German student, Anje
Anje is studying engineering in Germany and wanted a working holiday in SA. We met purely by chance at Holy Mass one Saturday in September, and, on my telling her about Mercy House, she immediately caught fire with the idea of coming to help out.
What a great Gift she has been, much loved by all and doing so much work. Currently she is getting curtains ready for our new office.
To our great joy, Anje will be with us over Christmas, a very happy time at Mercy House.
Shadadi honours us again
In our last report about Shadadi we showed him at his confirmation. Now we have further great news of him: next year he will be in his final school year (having come to us when he was 7). During the month of September he was chosen as a school prefect and deputy head of the boarding school for his matric year.
We are proud of him and he deserves it too, being an exceptionally hard worker.
He wants to study medicine after school. If God opens doors, he may well fulfil his dreams, since many of our other dreams have really come true!
Eddie honours us as well
Simon Donnelly ordained Priest.
Simon used to be one of our co-workers when he lectured at WitsUniversity, before he went to study for the priesthood in Rome. He is also is also Diana’s God son! On the 13th September, having come out from Rome, he was ordained in the cathedral in Johannesburg. A large Mercy House contingent attended and he did us the great honour of having a meal in the evening with close family and friends at Mercy House. We are all vey proud of Him. He has now returned to Rome to specialise in Holy Scripture for the next tree years! Not to mention that he has doctorate in linguistics even before he joined the seminary!
At Mercy House, we believe that truly “love changes everything” and that by giving young people a home where they feel accepted and above all, loved, they can heal from the sorrows of the past, which they do not even like to recall. ON a practical level, we first assist our young people to get their papers in order so that they are completely legal, then we try to put them through schooling or college so that they are able to stand on their own feet and make it in life. In the case of families we assist them a few years after arrival to be able to find a means of survival.