NEW COUNTRY AND NEW GROUP ALERT!! Imagine a 10 year old girl living on the streets. No one take care of her. She sniffs glue to get high and numb the hunger pain she feels. She does what she has to to survive and in many cases she is abused and preyed upon. This story can honestly be from any undeveloped country anywhere in the world. But in this instance, this is Angela's story and she lives in San Salvador in El Salvador. She is one of the lucky ones. She was introduced to Mission to El Salvador and that's where her story changes. Mission to El Salvador is all about relationship building and community engagement. They work to discover and address core issues of inner city poverty in order to restore dignity and safety to hurting and exploited Salvadorans. What we love is not only are they concerned with physical and mental needs, they are also focused on sharing Jesus.
One of their initiatives is creating cards. They do something very interesting called quilling. What's that? It's where you take strips of paper and you roll it and create decorative designs. I fell in love with not only the design but what the card represented, giving someone hope, dignity, and a chance at a new life.
We are excited to have Mission to El Salvador join The Marketplace family! Come to the Oak Street location and check it out!! Cost? $5 Gotta say my favorite is the little duck. What a cute baby shower card!
Why do I love the Committed Necklace by Eden Ministry? Because of what it means. I get to wear this beautiful necklace and pray for the woman who has the solid heart piece from the center. This woman was rescued from trafficking in Asia. I get to link arms with her and pray for her healing and restoration. While we may never meet, we are all part of the same family. The beauty behind prayer is that I don't even have to know her name, because He does. The Committed Necklace has become a favorite in The Marketplace. Women hear the story and no one is ever the same. It touches a place so deep in us. Then she usually picks up a couple, one for her and one for her dear girlfriend. "She will love the necklace and the story." As we head into February, we highlight the Committed Necklace. While it was made by someone who is rescued from trafficking the hope is one day we will live in a world where trafficking doesn't exist. Available at the Oak Street and online!
Yesterday was a day that will be forever etched in my mind. We had a tea with the SutiSana ladies. They asked me to share and God had laid Exodus 31 on my heart. We are a team, The Marketplace and SutiSana and we need each other. We have the designs, they have the skills, and together we work to make God's designs come to life. They then opened the floor to the ladies and they started asking questions about The Marketplace, our customers, and how we sold their products. Then they started sharing their heart. They thanked me for coming back and how much it has meant to them and how they have changed. One said, "Your designs hurt my head at first and then I worked on it and I could do it!I am so proud of myself!" "There has been such a change in the workshop and the administration since your first visit. There is so much joy in the workshop." "Thank you for challenging us. It is good for us to continue to grow." I kept it together until Sylvia got me. She said, "Thank you for all of your design ideas and for caring. It means so much to me that you keep helping us. I love you." At this point, I am losing it. I open my mouth and I can't speak because I am crying. I looked at Sylvia and said, "I will never forget what you said to me when I left last time. 'If you will bring your design ideas, I will always give you my hands." She then nodded and put her hands out. I grabbed my phone and said, "This is one of my favorite pictures." I flipped my phone around and it was a picture of me and Sylvia with the Funky Road Trip last year. She looked at it and asked if I could send it to her. Absolutely! I loved when they shared what their favorite new designs were. "The Hepburn Dress." "The Hepburn Purse." I told them since they loved me challenging them so much, I would come up with harder designs near time! "NOOOOO!"
We had a beautiful time of sharing. God showed me the endless hours we spent preparing designs and working out patterns had really affected these ladies. But in the process it truly has changed me. I wish I could take each of you with me to Bolivia to meet the ladies. You would forever be changed. Know that when you buy a product by SutiSana you are truly investing in the lives of these ladies. I am here to tell you they appreciate each one of you! Together we are empowering these ladies and changing their lives!