Written by Ryan Hehman

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.

“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.

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. 

Easter Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

Last year, Jean went blind from a rare medical condition. Her immune system began rejecting her own corneas, even though they aren’t transplants. The disease primarily affects her vision, but she has many other symptoms as well. She has gained a lot of weight, and for many months she couldn’t get out of bed because of pain. Dealing with her sudden loss of sight was as hard on her emotions as it was on her body. She was shocked by her misfortune and discouraged by the sudden disability which upended her life and made all of her normal daily tasks almost impossible. Her boyfriend Robert stopped working and assumed the responsibility of caring for her full-time.

We put the “soul” in “Soul Food”

At the beginning of March, we hosted our first ever Lenten Soul Food Fundraising Dinner. We packed over 60 donors, friends, and family into our volunteer houses to serve them authentic soul food. All the dishes were prepared by a family from the neighborhood that we have known for over 10 years.