Noonday Blog Train | Sweet Rwanda

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Welcome to my stop on the blog train! I'm coming to you from Emily over here: 
 

 
Sweet Rwanda. 
Beautiful, bountiful Rwanda.
I miss you. My heart aches and my eyes fill even thinking of how to introduce you to a world that has for the most part never experienced your all encompassing draw.
 
You swallowed me whole.
The smiles in these pictures captivated the deepest part of my heart.
In you, I found healing and redemption and peace.
I am empty and more whole that I have ever been, all at once, because of the me I found in you.
In your people and your streets and your story I found the Father's face and His grace.
Thank You.
For stretching arms out wide to welcome me, to beckon me in.
Thank you for creating in your place, a space for me to simply be.
 


 JOY
 
It is yours in plenty and in want.
It is yours in feast or famine, in Moms and Dad's and kids and even me.
It's yours over roasted peanuts and fried Yucca with American sisters and strawberry juice.
It's yours because it's chosen, just like you and me.
Chosen for greater things, greater passions, greater purpose.  
You chose JOY Rwanda.
In deep suffering and quiet prayers whispered, you hoped and you fought circumstance and it found you. It found you and it wrapped itself around you and you shine.
With the light of Jesus in the faces of your people, you shine.
 



The immense loss from the Genocide in Rwanda that precedes this season of joy in the faces that I met and the people that I have fallen in love with is unexplainable and unimaginable. I have no words for loss of that magnitude. But I have promise for the future.
 
 
In ALL THINGS we are MORE THAN CONQUERS
 
IN CHRIST JESUS who LOVED US!
 
ROMANS 8:37
 
 
I have not fully "unpacked" my time in Africa. I don't know how long it will take or how much Ill be able to even put into words. But these women that we are working with in Rwanda are my sisters.
 
They are fierce.
 
Make no mistake about what can happen when a woman who loves Jesus makes up her mind that she is more than a conquer! These women have faced unexplainable grief, but it has been matched over and abundantly by the power of the Holy Spirit interceding for them and the joy that is on their faces tells that story. They are my real life heroes and mentors. I want to believe like them and fight like them and love my community the way that they do.
 
More importantly I want them to be able to keep doing what they are doing. I want a portion of the joy on their faces to be a reflection women like us linking arms and following their example of providing for one another's needs.
 
We do that from purchasing their products.
 
 
 
 
I am giving away two market tote bags! One for the winner and one for them to share with a friend in honor of the way our Rwandan sisters gave so freely to us when we ambassadors were with them in their shop and their homes and community. 

Tomorrow you have another chance to win free Noonday over here with Jen at 

Leave a comment below on what gives you joy and your what colors you'd like to see the Rwandan artisans work with next and then go love someone well!

Good Luck!! 

xoxoxoxo, 

Amanda 

26 comments:

  1. Easy peasy. My children give me joy. Sometimes it's a crazy sort of pull my hair out kind of joy -- but joy nonetheless. I'd like to see more RED RED RED from Rwanda. It's my favorite color.

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    1. Yes! I get the joys, and the joys of sending them to school for a few hours so I don't loose the hair! ;) thanks for stopping in!!!

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  2. teaching my special needs ballet class gives me joy :)

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    1. Love this! I worked with special needs kids/adults for years. It's a tender spot!

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  3. Seeing my daughters grow, learn and thrive gives me so much joy.

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    1. Me too! I love each new stage and season. As much as the last! Thank you for entering! Come back to visit!

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  4. Volunteering in the community and small random acts of kindness give me joy. Colors - blues, greens, purples, pinks... love color! :)

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    1. Well you know I love those things too! Love you friend! Thanks for always encouraging me with your presence here!

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  5. Sunshine, nature, rain showers, and innocent smiles of delight. I'd love to see bags in teals and greens and purples and blues.

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    1. My favorite colors! Will def pass those along ;) xoxoxo

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  6. My beautiful daughter and my sweet husband bring me joy, but most of all my Heavenly Father Jesus!! I would love to see pink and teal!

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    1. meeee too!!! thanks so much for stopping by! xoxoxo

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  7. The the laughter of my children, a hot pumpkin spice latte, and the sunset! Would love more blues and purples!

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  8. Fall weather, warm cookies, and my family give me joy! I would love to see more purples and cool colors!

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    1. fall and cookies... you are my people! thank you!

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  9. Women having a place to feel like they belong and are a part of something brings me joy! Love some PINK!

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    1. AMEN!!! I love your heart for community! Xoxoxo

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  10. Loving people intentionally- something i learned how to do by awesome mentors in a place that captured my heart- is my newest favorite way to feel joy! I would love to see more teal and coral! Love you and your way with words! And need to book my trunk show asap!

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    1. Back at ya! I miss your beautiful smile!!! Yes! Send me dates!

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  11. Oh great stories!!! Talking about Jesus and real life gives me joy. My four sons bring me huge joy. Coffee with lots of joy brings joy in the mornings. :) I'd love to see lots and lots of deep reds mixed with purple or teal.

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    1. Boys... Nothing like being a boy mamma right! Joy indeed... filthy joy, but joy!

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  12. Seeing my girls' daily growth - emotionally and spiritually...it is a joy to watch them slowly become the women God created them to be!!! If I had to choose colors I would agree with others that teal and orange would be awesome and another route would be maybe a more classic look with black, grays and whites...

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  13. Jesus! My husband and kids! My first graders! Work being provided for these artisans!
    Yellow/gray/teal/coral

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    1. Jesus! My husband and kids! My first graders! Work being provided for these artisans!
      Yellow/gray/teal/coral
      mlundgren@marionunit2.org

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    2. I LOVE THOSE COLORS!!! My favorites, all of them. I have a little of each in every room!

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  14. I feel joy from helping others see their strengths! I think coral, purple, and teals would be beautiful colors!

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