Friday, April 19, 2013

When Choices Really TEAR Us Inside...



 Another story comes to the surface...
More pain
More rejection
Yet a strength of resolution that I may NEVER understand!

A 32-year old lady has been sharing her dream since the day we met her...  As we studied God's Word together, her prayers were consistent.  
She just wanted to FINISH school!
With not even a primary education, this dream appeared lofty to the rest of the ladies.  
Yet, we PRAYED together!

One day she arrived with complete JOY!
An aunt had offered to pay the fees for her to complete her high school!!!
We were all amazed at God's faithfulness!
We knelt in our thanksgiving together.

And, just like that her schooling started.
She walked over 5 miles each day over a very hilly road to get there.
She worked at one of her aunt's businesses in the evenings to repay her for the school fees.

Yet she smiled!
 

But one day, she arrived at our center - right away, we knew something was wrong... she should have been in school at that time!!
Through her brokenness, she shared.

The night before, her aunt had met her and guided her to the bar instead of the business she had been working at.
There, they met a man - the aunt had promised Stella as a prostitute to him for the night.
As Stella reeled back in shock,  the aunt looked on in surprise.  "How did you think you were going to pay for your school?"  "You are beautiful - we can't waste your beauty!"

Stella left the bar.
Left her dreams behind.
That night, she read and reread her Bible.
No matter how strong her desire for an education, she remained strong...

Called her aunt...
Cancelled her schooling.

And just like that, she reached in and grabbed my heart.

Following GOD,
Following TRUTH,
Is no joke!

Oh, how Stella inspires me to pursue GOD in new, committed and deep ways!   


My living room full of mamas and their babies... each with a story -




Monday, April 1, 2013

Because DIGNITY Matters!

She came to my house on Saturday... the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  
A day when the world felt full of hope.

But, when your husband is a thief and deals drugs, you don't always feel that hope!  And Saturday, Ruth and her baby were HUNGRY!  The small business that we are helping Ruth to start hasn't gotten off the ground yet.  And so, money had run out...

We have given her food before - on a desperate day.  But, at Girls With Vision, our goal is not to give away food...  We could have given away $1,000's by now - to truly needy people!

These ladies need to feel the DIGNITY that God created them with.  Not to see themselves as "needy" - but as "blessed".  As they learn truth from God's Word, they gain strength and wisdom to provide for their children.  In turn, we have seen some grow to the place where they are now able and willing to bless others around them!  

In this cycle, lies HOPE... instead of POWERLESSNESS.

And so, when Ruth came to us, HUNGRY - we were thrilled to see that between selling for her small business start-up, she had been working on some jewelry!  
Instead of giving her food, we were able to pay her for her work!

And, she left my house with her head held high... you see, she wasn't begging!  She had earned that money to feed her family!

Ruth, with Ramses' "help", working on some paper beads...
And the jewelry that you buy truly IMPACTS people!!! 
Ruth and her family will have food for a couple of days because someone somewhere will buy her bracelets!

Here are 2 links where YOU can buy Girls With Vision jewelry. 

Girls With Vision helps make an ADOPTION possible!


16 year old Samantha BLESSES Girls With Vision!

Or, if you are interested in buying some wholesale, please feel free to contact
Michelle at michellesolberg@smileartists.com OR Heather at hshaffer@rocketmail.com
A group of ladies, gathered in our small sanctuary...
Paper beads...