Inability to feed children, care for their health and education is a struggle and impossibility for families in North and East Africa. Breaking the cycle of poverty means not just providing for the day, but working with folks that already have an idea about how they can be pulled up in a state of equality if key resources can be tapped into. Many times western Non-Governmental Organizations have programs and plans that are scaled and "adaptable" to the culture that made them rather than for the culture that they are meant for. This misplaced compassion has a way of backfiring on helping people and can actually hurt.

For people to sustain themselves they must get beyond survival. To do this, basic necessities need to be obtained… achieved and not necessarily handed out. Of course, the pendulum swing to this issue is that we tend to go directly from pouring aid into countries to total removal of all assistance - this can shoot our efforts in the foot.

For Mary and Joyce, an economic solution for their families manifested only in their imaginations. If they had a small building with bulk supplies that they could portion out and sell for a profit, then things would take a turn. When they shared their ambition and business plan, it was clear that a micro loan would not be a solution but another obstacle. Working together with the families took much time. The additional time helped ideas to crystallize that would prevent pitfalls that the project would encounter if it were not tailor made. The plan developed that Mary would no longer pay rent to Joyce and Joyce would own the store, Mary would use the store to sell boiled water and use the money to support her children rather than pay rent. Joyce would sell items and replenish the supplies using the profit to care for her family. Once the plan was solid, MERCY PARTNERS provided funding for a local welder to create a kiosk and enough funds to outfit the supply. Since “Jack’s Store” opened it has paid for school fees, medicine, and bread and juice for Sunday’s Lord Supper celebration with the church family. They have even used it as a tool of evangelism as the store is a daily touchstone for those that pass by. The name “Jack” derived from the name of a goat who director Tom took note of that eventually became the reason the families were introduced to MERCY PARTNERS. Since the encounter, there have been scores baptized in which two church families have grown from in East Africa.

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Chatham VA






Mercy Partners is a Christian charity providing aid in conflict zones. Making God's grace evident by creating service programs that foster immediate care, sustainable aid, education, and discipleship training of native evangelists to care for their local people as equal partners.


Executive Director
Tom Kilian

Board of Directors
Kurtis Kight
Mickey Witcher
Warren Grubbs

Gene Woolard

Sandie Kilian

Director of Communications

Thomas Kilian III 


Keith Wood


Virginia Charitable Organization ID




NC Secretary of State License
Certification #L201300700001
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Class 41 Education
Registration T-20784
USA Trademark Office
#4,256,430 class 36
Humanitarian Aid
EIN #45-2834265

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• The Bible is the all-sufficient guide to becoming a friend of God and maintaining that friendship, both individually and corporately.

• The Death, Burial and Resurrection of God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, created the passage that all mankind can unite with their creator.


• It is only when we die to self and submit to being buried with Christ, (Rom 6:4) that we receive salvation and God's indwelling Holy Spirit.

• This burial is physical and spiritual at the same time, the physical immersion of the body led by the submitting of the human will. When we are immersed, we are saved from sin and enter a covenant, an agreement, as we continue to submit to God's Holy Spirit which guides us in all truth. Outside of this death, there is no entry or identity in Christ Jesus.