That's the word my friend Kristen used to describe the work we are doing together.
Volunteering with the refugees has been both cathartic and redemptive. Each Friday we load up a van or two with supplies, snacks and people. Make the one-hour drive to an apartment complex whose sole residents are refugees.
It's so much like the work that Keith and I did in Ethiopia, and also the work she does yearly in Kenya. Both groups of women need to know their value. Ultimately, it is in the God who created them. For now, we are helping them see it through their beautiful creations.
I am able to communicate with just a handful of the ladies. The same was true when I spent a day at one of the sites in Ethiopia. But we more than manage. Somehow they know I love them, and eventually they will ask why. Enter Jesus.
It is crazy how God is bringing things around full circle. Somehow, our time here is making our experience in Ethiopia better. It's getting easier and easier to look back on that time and say it wasn't so bad. Don't get me wrong. We loved it and were completely torn when we had to leave.
But the adjustment was a difficult process. And a long one. We were finally finding our new normal, thinking "Okay, we can do this."
My comfort isn't God's priority. His priority is His own glory.
Kristen turned to me one day and said, "I've had this idea for about a year and you're the perfect person to do it with."
I said, "I'm the perfect person to do most things with, but go ahead. What's this idea?"
In a nutshell, it is a way to empower women all over the world. It's a way for their work to help women across the globe but in their same walk of life.
It's a way for you to impact women in poverty all over the world...and for it to impact you.
It's a way for us to advocate for these women. To give them opportunity.
It's called Fair Trade Friday. Check out the site or read Kristen's post about it.
This post was ready to go out on our launch day but blogger wasn't cooperating. So, here it is. Four days late. We sold out within hours of launching on Monday and have hundreds on the waiting list. God is good.