How it all began…

What an incredible month’s journey.  As we have just returned from Cameroon, it seems fitting to post this blog about how and where A Call to Mercy began.  Carol and I met in 1964.  She was my 4th grade teacher.  Neither of us knew then that there was a Divine plan for us, but we know now that it is A Call to Mercy.  Carol met Sr Betty Scanlon in 2006.  Betty worked for Medicines for Humanity and found herself on a project in Njinikom, Cameroon from 2004-2010.  She led Carol, who did mission in a different country every year, to the orphanage at St Martin de Porres with a request that she return more than once.  Carol went twice, fell in love with the children and place and felt called to do more.  She then invited me to join her.  Working together, A Call to Mercy was formed.  The love and support that began in the orphanage at St Martin de Porres has grown now to include  500 orphans and vulnerable children in the surrounding villages of Njinikom.  The orphanage is still at the heart of A Call to Mercy.  The loving connections made with the children here is a big part of what brings us back.  Here are some of our favorite images of children in the orphanage…from our last two visits.  This post is dedicated to the memory of Clovis Kube, pictured below.

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9 comments on “How it all began…

  1. donna vagnoni says:

    So glad you are both home safe! Thank you for the beautiful pictures and amazing journaling that you shared so well.

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  2. Mayzee says:

    Welcome home you two. These photographs are such a beautiful testimonial to the sacred mission.

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  3. terryhirst says:

    Thank you, Mayzee.

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  4. carol says:

    Okay, this is just what I needed to see to let myself “leek” with joy, sorrow, fear, wonder and most of all trust. A Call to Mercy has a BIG journey ahead and I’m sure that God will open new doors as a means to bring in more support for our little ones. Yes, the orphanage is so very dear to my heart and I can’t put into words what it is like to return each year and hear “Mimi, Mimi” as the littles run toward me with open arms. That is the image I hold onto until I return. Many thanks again to all those who have been part of this journey, don’t know what I’d do with out the best photographer and blog writer, friend, companion in the world. We could relate to each other our feelings each night as we “sipped” some wine and broke bread together. The support that came from the states while we were was so warming and helped us realize that we’ve brought you along with us……..
    In Mercy and love,
    carol

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  5. Judy OBrien says:

    That was so beautiful Carol, your story has touched my heart and filled my eyes with tears. You have been such a wonderful presence to all these adorable children, now you and Terry have teamed up to make all your dreams come true. they say it takes a villiage, but you two together have saved a villiage, My words are not as eloquent as your’s or Terrys but they come from my heart. Love you both.
    Judy

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  6. Carlene nardi says:

    Welcome home from your home away from home. Thank you both for giving us a front row seat to your journey of relentless love, devotion and dedication. Your success in such a minimal amount of time is a preview of what’s to come. Your on the cusp ladies of something monumental. My gratitude for allowing me to be a part of it. “Let’s Ride” xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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