Mar 11, 2009

Why I do What I do...

My husband just came home from a two week agricultural mission in Kenya. Talking with him about the needs there has ignited in me yet again this concern for the poor in Africa. Kenya is going through a year long drought. Their storage areas for grain are empty. They are just now trying to plant their next crop that will not be ready for harvest for another 6 months.

I have recently been an eye-witness to the need in Tanzania and have heard with my own ears the needs there... the fears for the future. My husband has traveled to Africa several times, visiting orphanages in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and now Kenya. Children are being left homeless and without families because of AIDS, malaria, and poverty. The global economic crisis will only hurt these already desperate situations.

I guess you could say that poverty, the needs of people, is what inspires my daughters and I to create our jewelry and art. If we can take something as horrific as poverty, create something beautiful because of it, sell our creations and give that money away to end suffering, we feel that we are fulfilling our purpose as followers of Christ. That we are helping to fulfill Isaiah 61:1-3:

1 "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek. He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound,

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn,

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified." 21st Cent. KJV

For those who are following our mission, we are still raising funds for a tractor for Tanzania. We have sent the earnings from our jewelry and art shop to the Catholic mission there as the need for food and school tuition for the children at the orphanage and the community increases. But this only a short term solution. Helping them to fight diseases such as malaria, fight malnutrition, provide education to all children, provide clean water, and show them the love of Christ are some answers for the long term needs.

In the meantime, we will continue striving to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness...

My other posts on Africa...
So, How Many Children Do You Have?
Living With Reality