Effective Evangelization Even when it’s inefficient

Effective Evangelization Even when it’s inefficient

Lent Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

Dan has had a difficult year. His brother died from alcohol abuse, and his mom was moved to a nursing home. He was evicted a few months later and has been living on the streetsand occasionally with friends. He showed us the small park near our home where he sometimes sleeps. Dan says he wants to get his life together, but many obstacles lie in his path. He needs an ID in order to apply for jobs and housing. In order to get an ID, he needs to get a social security card. When we took him to get his social security card, we were told he needs to present an ID to obtain it. Dan is stuck in a system that is difficult to escape. We are helping him through it, but Dan’s obstacles are as much internal as they are external. They are deeper and more intangible than an ID.

JMU Visits KC!

For the first time, a group from James Madison University spent their spring break at Simple House!

Louisiana Tech in KC

Louisiana Tech came back to Simple House for their spring break!

UVA Visits DC Simple House

At the beginning of the month, students from the University of Virginia volunteered at A Simple House in DC for their spring break!

Simple House Christmas Elves

This year our Simple House elves sorted toys and packaged toys for nearly 200 kids.

DC Christmas Outreach

Despite an ice storm, Simple House volunteers and friends delivered Christmas bags to families in Southeast, DC!

Thanksgiving Pies


This weekend, DC volunteers and friends baked pumpkin, apple and harvest pies to give to our families for Thanksgiving.  We baked nearly 50 pies (using some of our favorite family recipes) which will all be delivered in time for families to enjoy for the holiday.

“I’m ready to accept now” – A Letter From a New Volunteer

Dear Friends and Family,

This past February, I received a phone call telling me I had been accepted to A Simple House of Saints Francis and Alphonsus. I was told to call back once I had made a decision. “That’s OK,” I replied. “I’m ready to accept now.” It was easy to make this decision because it didn’t feel like there was a decision to make. I desired to give myself entirely to God. I wanted to prioritize relationships. I sought to renounce the world and delve into prayer. This did not just seem like a good way to live, but the only way to live in integrity with my faith. Life at A Simple House, then, just made sense. I felt excited and anxious, but at peace with this conclusion.

In retrospect, “to accept” is all that I was ready to do.

The Development Works of Mercy

Below are some thoughts from our founder Clark Massey. They were included in the most recent newsletter announcing our foreign mission.

Dear Simple House Supporters and Donors,

A Simple House is expanding to Nicaragua! The first Simple House opened in 2003, and the second house opened in 2009. When the chance to start a foreign mission presented itself, we were shocked and excited.

have known the Eckstine family for six years. Our paths have crossed multiple times while they served as foreign missionaries, and I have worked with Mark on construction projects in the states. In 2015, they came to KC, and we started talking about a new way to approach foreign mission work.