Monday, June 2, 2014

So yesterday I joined a link up with my friend and all around talented city soul sister Lisha with a little blog post for her #spaceforgrace place on Sunday's. I am so thankful for running into her at Allume. She is such a gifted writer and woman. Go check out my post Do Something there along with some other fabulous ladies!

Today I'm following Do Something with an opportunity to really DO SOMETHING!

Many of you know I am headed to Rwanda in July with Noonday Collection. If that doesn't make any sense to you and you have no idea what Noonday is, please stop reading and go here now! I am so fortunate to work with some of the most amazing, dynamic people across the globe. Together we are changing the face of not only poverty but the ramifications of it like trafficking, slavery, lack of education and the overwhelming orphan crisis in many countries, our very own included.

If it's possible to be totally dumbfounded, yet completely not at how God works out all things, I am that right now. He never ceases to amaze me, yet he always leave me in awe. I began praying in February for God to allow me to use my voice through photography and the written word to tell stories that matter, to further HIS kingdom, to speak life and bring light. I began praying that prayer at the IF:GATHERING. Within weeks, God opened the door for not 1 or 2, but 3 International opportunities to use those things for Him. Travel has always been something I have longed to do and He flung open doors that I never asked for him to open much less imagined that He ever would.

Might I add this is the verse that came to me minutes before the IF Gathering started. It has been my prayer since I wrote it on the board in the prayer room that day. 

It is absolutely incredible and just like God to bring my trip full circle with the exact event that was the place where I began praying for open doors, doors that led to Africa. How you say?

The IF:GATHERING team has just launched a challenge that partners with Africa New Life, the organization that is taking me and 25 plus world changing women to Rwanda to meet our artisans there and to visit ANL programs all over the country this July! The very event that was the catalyst for my prayers has found it's way yet again into my story!
 I personally think we are gonna blow the doors off that! I think God is going to work more Ephesians 3:20 and do "immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine" because I know this IF:GATHERING tribe and I know handfuls of other likeminded, justice seeking women with an extra $30 to spend on empowering one so she can empower many! Let's Do This! Join me in doing something! UNLEASH!

Stop it. Really God, just sweep me right off my feet why don't you.


He knew in February that I would lead IF in my community with the most amazing circle of women, that I would not stop until I was able open doors to all kinds of women in my space to worship and connect and He knew I would be offered the opportunity to go to Rwanda and that HE would make a way if I would just do what He was asking me to do, even if I wasn't fully equipped. He knew IF:GATHERING would partner with Africa New Life and He knew I would get to meet these girls in Rwanda that are up for these very scholarships. He knew it all, every detail. He knew I would get to share this with you and invite you along on the journey. He knows who's heart will be moved to give and who the girls are that will receive the gifts because ultimately it's all ours to give and receive from HIM!

So, here's your opportunity! Will you join me? You and I can be a part of something incredible, something that will give life far beyond the $30 we give. Here's a few ideas from me.

1- Your If Table group can all pitch in and make a donation to IF:UNLEASH together. Don't have an IF:TABLE, grab a few friends! GO in together on your $30.
2- Get your kids and family members together and make a family investment. Talk to them about justice and the commandment to go and love.
3- Go beyond the $30 gift and sponsor a child through Africa New Life. There are several teenagers who need sponsorship. This keeps them in school, feeds them and provides extra support that will allow them to be university bound soon! More on my new Rwandan daughter tomorrow! I'm so excited I can't stand it!

Go to the new site for IF:UNLEASH. Donate $30 or $100 or $300 and let's UNLEASH the freedom to dream for these girls. Let's empower one girl to harness the gifts she possesses to be an agent of freedom for the many she will influence in her community.

Together we CAN change the world, one girl, one scholarship, one education, one community at a time. WE CAN!



It really is that simple.

Do Something.

And just because I am feeling generous, leave a note in the comments that you donated and I will enter you to win one of our awesome Market Totes from our Rwandan artisans!
Must have 20 comments/donators to win, so tell your friends to pitch in their $30 and come by and leave a comment! If your friend wins, I'll throw in one for you as well! I want to see this generation unleashing our voices for good! Let's DO SOMETHING!
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."
Ephesians 3:20

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