This past weekend I got to attend the "We Will Go" Missions Conference in Nashville. Friday night Lyle Phillips, founder of Mercy29 Ministries and one of the leaders of Iris Nashville, shared his story of how Mercy29 came to be and some of the stories of what God is doing through this amazing ministry.
We are reasonably employed by Jesus to investigate the case of those we do not know giving hope along with a future. Our heart is to deliver the poor that have no helper by sponsoring orphans and rescuing widows, as well as helping entire families suffering from systemic poverty. We build homes and Christian churches, facilitate schools in poor communities, and seek holistic transformation in the world’s most forgotten cities and villages.
Our mission to is to love.
Love the untouchable, the outcast, and the overlooked. Mercy29 was founded on this simple purpose and we believe that everyone, no matter how small or poor, deserves the unconditional blessing of love from their fellow humanity.
"For when the ear heard, it called me blessed, and when the eye saw, it gave witness of me, because I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, and I made the widow’s heart sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind And feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I investigated the case which I did not know. I broke the jaws of the wicked and snatched the prey from his teeth."
God broke something within me Friday night. Seeing the passion and zeal of these 20-something-year-old modern day abolitionists fighting with the weapons of love and mercy caused a warrior spirit to rise up within me. I don't want to leave this work for the young people. I want to be a part of this mighty move of God. I want to get on board and ride the waves of love, justice, and mercy. I want it to be said of me as it was said of Job, "For when the ear heard, it called Jill blessed, and when the eye saw, it gave witness of Jill, because she delivered the poor who cried for help, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon her, and she made the widow’s heart sing for joy. Jill put on righteousness, and it clothed her; Her justice was like a robe and a turban. She was eyes to the blind And feet to the lame. Jill was a mother to the needy, and she investigated the case which she did not know. Jill broke the jaws of the wicked and snatched the prey from his teeth."!
How about you? Can you see your own name being inserted in these verses? Do you want to be a spectator who shakes your head and clucks your tongue at the injustice or do you want to be a part of what God is doing to free these precious children of His to be all He created them to be? I urge you to visit the Mercy29 website to see how you can be a part of God's justice and mercy.
Mercy29 is one of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen of loving The ONE and loving the one.