The idea for Mercy Market came as Denise Hammer read the scriptures and was awakened to God’s heart for the poor. While brainstorming ideas on how she could practically live out what she had read, selling handmade products from artisans around the world quickly became a reality for her. In 2008, Denise began to connect with organizations around the world whose work focuses on bringing hope and comfort to some of the poorest and more disenfranchised people in the world. With a bit of help from her local church and a handful of products–Mercy Market was born.
Today, this not-for-profit ministry reaches out to 14 different countries and works with 27 partners around the world. Mercy Market has traveled to meet some of our artisan’s first-hand and we are always moved by their lives and stories they share with us. Their artistry and creativity in the face of destitution amazes and inspires us.
Mercy Market currently has a leadership team of three women—Denise Hammer, Katie Loveland and Sherry Sauskojus—along with multiple volunteers who assist in many ways. Mercy Market traveled to fair trade shows, retreats, craft shows, churches, conferences and home shows in 8 different states in the last year. We are excited to see how God will continue to provide for and lead this ministry.