I want to say thanks to those of you who brought down clothes! WOW! And those of you who gave us wonderful, beautiful jewelry supplies and a plethora of beads!!! DOUBLE WOW! Thanks Jackie, Lynda, Sandy and Bill and the gang! You blessed our socks off!
I apologize for all the rain lately but it is our rainy season. I know it can be frustrating to have your excursions cancelled but I appreciate all the people we met the last week who braved the 'elements' and walked into our shop. We love meeting all of you!
A note about our artists: Christena is graduating from high school majoring in tourism. We are excited to see what is 'next' for her. Christy is graduating from grade six and the last exam she wrote she got 100%. Pedro is finishing up school this week too. Diana will be repeating grade 7 again next year due to the fact that she didn't have what was required for gym class and that she fell behind in several other classes. I told her to tell us so we can help because we are here for them. With tears in her eyes she thanked me.
|pedro and christena making jewelry at our home|
A beautiful young girl came into the shop on Thursday and was interested in what we are doing. I said, Well it is more then just a way to provide income for the families. We are doing our best to keep the young artists in school, mentoring them with Christian values and encouraging them to believe that there is a future for them beyond poverty. She wrapped her arms around me and with tears in her eyes said, "I am where I am today because of a woman like you in my life. I am happy to say that I just graduated from Law School. Don't give up believing in these kids. They need you in their life"
We both cried. Christena was in the shop that day and I know that she was impacted. That is what it is all about: loving someone enough to make a difference in their everyday life. It really does have impact.
So thanks again for all the support you give us.
Continue to think of others. I know you will be blessed as you do and the world will change around you.