The Development Works of Mercy

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.

We are opening a foreign mission!

Below is our Summer newsletter, written by Mark and Lora Eckstine. who will be starting our new foreign mission.

Dear Friends and Family,

We are starting a new Simple House in Nicaragua! We have always dreamed of being missionaries, but we put that desire aside as our family grew. Seven years ago, we felt God stirring our hearts to make a radical change to help our family grow in faith. This led us to reconsider our desire to be missionaries and take the plunge. Since then, we have lived in the Philippines, Mexico, and on the island of St. Lucia. Missions is the wonderful grace-filled life that our family needs, yet we have been surprised by some of the pitfalls and lessons of missionary work. 

New Missionaries 2016!

We have four new missionaries in Washington DC this year!  They hail from University of Notre Dame, University of Colorado, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, and Ave Maria University.  They have spent their first week in DC packing and delivering school supplies to families!



Is it safe to be an ASH missionary?


Missionary Stories #11 – Befriending a Murderer


Arcane Mission Tales #5 – A Surreal Escape


Arcane Mission Tales #4 – Shot in the head


Ball State Spring Break KC

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Students from Ball State University stayed at Simple House in KC for their spring break!

Missionary Stories #10 – A Hospital Visit


Easter Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

Last week, Danny passed away after a long struggle with alcoholism. Of all the people our ministry has known, he was my best friend. I always looked forward to hearing from him, even when he’d been drinking and needed help.

When we met Danny in 2011, he and his family were living in an apartment without gas or electricity. They were basically camping. They cooked over a Sterno. They ate fish they caught in the stream behind the grocery store, and they slept on the floor beneath mounds of blankets. At one point, they even kept chickens and turtles in the apartment for entertainment and to sell to their neighbors. Their manner of living shocked us, but there was not much we could do. Their bills were thousands of dollars overdue, and we just tried to help them survive the winter.