WE ARE ON A MISSION
In 2007, a small group of good-hearted people had BIG Dreams to not just “change” the world, but to “transform” it, one person at a time. We possess the strong belief that one person can truly impact the world. Our motivation was Jesus’ compassionate heart for those less fortunate, described in Matthew 9:35-38:
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
From this passage, our Mission Statement was adopted:
Compassionate Service that Creates Opportunities that Transform Lives.
Jesus looked at the world and saw clearly the state of mankind as “harassed and helpless”. He personally took a vested interest to do something about it, to provide care and relief for those in need. Jesus’ attitude and His approach serves as the spirit behind all that we do at MERCY. He states that there are so few workers, those that are committed and passionate about helping others. This is where MERCYworldwide comes in. We have committed to taking up this mantle and this spirit – what we call, “Compassion in Action” – and is what drives us.
If we take the time to consider the world today, we quickly realize that the world we live in is not much different from Jesus’ world over 2000 years ago. There is so much pain, uncertainty and suffering. Though the culture is different and the circumstances have changed, people have not.
At a global level, war and terrorism screams across the media, drug and alcohol addiction erodes lives, and economic uncertainty is ever-present. The divorce rate in the US is hovering around 60% (6 out of 10 marriages); suicides are increasing at alarming rates, especially among teenagers; mental illness plaques so many; and economic woes have left so many homeless, helpless and hopeless. This does not even speak to those I call the “invisibles” and the “forgotten”. They are the ones that are tucked in the corners of communities that nobody really wants to see: the elderly, the foster youth, the homeless, and those with addictions.
In 2008, MERCYworldwide decided to take action to mobilize people to help our neighbors in our communities. We started in a small way – 150 toys given to underprivileged children in the Los Angeles community. In 2009, a handful of MERCY Branches in the US began what we now call the International Day of MERCY, a global day of service in the respective communities where MERCY has branches. Currently, we have over 6000 dedicated MERCY volunteers (who we call, MERCY Ambassadors) in over 90 MERCY Branches in 36 countries, on all six populated continents.
Over the span of 11 years MERCY has spearheaded over 700 projects ranging from home makeovers for cancer survivors, building home ramps for people with disabilities, building a 30 foot low lying sensory wall for a children’s school for the blind, hosting theaters and carnivals for orphans and children with down syndrome, to conducting medical and dental clinics for street children, to name only a few.
MERCY is an acronym: Maximizing Efforts for Relief, Care, and Youth worldwide. We value our partnerships, believing that together we can transform individuals lives who then can impact the lives in their families and communities.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS – LOS ANGELES
For the past five years, MERCYworldwide has partnered with The American Red Cross to organize blood drives, train communities on Disaster-Emergency Preparedness, including CPR and First Aid, and mobilize hundreds of MERCY Ambassadors to install Fire Alarms in homes in vulnerable communities throughout Los Angeles.
MEDICAL-DENTAL CLINICS – PHILIPPINES
In Manila, we partnered with the City Mayor of Mandaluyong, Philippines, Carmelita “Menchie” Aguilar Abalos, to provide Medical and Dental care to over 300 of this city’s most needy children. The Medical-Dental Clinics continue throughout the Philippines to serves street children who go without health care.
CHHEM MERCY ORPHANAGE – PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
In Phnom Penh, Cambodia we are partnering with the Cambodia Social Welfare Mission to serve 58 orphans at the CHHEM MERCY ORPHANAGE. The founder, General Chhim Chhem, was orphaned at the age of 9, a victim of the brutal genocide of the Pol Pot regime from 1975-1979. General Chhim opened the orphanage in 2003 to create opportunities for young kids like himself. At the CHHEM MERCY OPRHANAGE we are focusing on three foundation principles to teach and the children: Character, Education, and Health. The hope is that these children will become leaders in their community, serving others as others have served and helped them.
These are only a few of the programs MERCYworldwide is actively involved in across the globe to help others in need. Your support is needed and appreciated. Please donate….