IAMercy seeks to partner with others to bring the transformative power of Christ’s mercy to the international poor by caring for individual persons – emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically – in order that they may in turn lead their communities to the holistic wellbeing and love that Christ envisioned for them in His teachings.
In an effort to accomplish its Vision, IAMercy has adopted the following methodology for meeting three tiers of need among the international poor - particularly focusing on the needs of current and former street boys in Nairobi, Kenya.
Tier One: Food, Health, and Shelter
IAMercy seeks to Empower Life…by meeting the holistic needs of the international poor. We start with food, and then work our way up from there in caring for the needs of street boys. Currently IAMercy provides food multiple times a week to boys who are still on the streets. Occasionally we also provide clothing and medical care (when appropriate and possible) for these boys.
Whenever possible IAMercy takes street boys off of the street and puts them in a home. In the home all of the basic needs of the boys are met (e.g. food, health, shelter, and clothing).
Tier Two: Love, Family, and Faith
IAMercy seeks to Embrace Love…by creating a safe atmosphere for genuine community. In general, IAMercy attempts to build a family, not an orphanage. IAMercy seeks to establish a home, not a shelter. IAMercy attempts to lead those under its ministry to the knowledge that they are loved both by God and IAMercy’s caregivers in a genuine way.
Although many of the boys that IAMercy helps are still on the street, they are yet provided with love and Gospel in a regular way. Each week, boys come to hear a message about Jesus and to receive meals from IAMercy given in His name. In the process they learn of Jesus' love for them, and what it means to belong to Him.
Tier Three: Self-Sustenance, Self-Esteem, and Societal Contribution
IAMercy seeks to Equip Leaders…by empowering individuals with education and helping them to achieve self-esteem. IAMercy desires that recipients of its benefits would eventually become self-sustaining. Moreover, it seeks to challenge others to share the mercy they have received with the community around them. IAMercy wants those to whom it ministers to become agents of holistically positive change within their own society.
In addition, IAMercy seeks to build strategic partnerships with other individuals, churches, organizations, etc. for the purpose of furthering the Vision.
What We've Achieved
- Providing hands-on Gospel teaching to street boys
- Feeding street boys multiple times a week
- Housing, clothing, and educating boys who used to be on the streets - and making them part of the family
- Setting up opportunities for international leadership development
- Collaborating with other local organizations who work with the poor
- Sharing the love of Jesus daily