Buying purposeful presents helps widows support their families.
It’s amazing how suddenly you can feel “behind the clock” when it comes to the Christmas season. Just when you think you’re making progress, three names and two parties are added to your list!
This past weekend I thought I’d knock out some names on my list of presents to buy when I happened into a beautiful ministry filled with lovely and meaningful gifts, which mean more than crossing a name off my list.
h.o.w? Ministry – Helping Orphans and Widows – has an incredibly beautiful studio for selling gorgeous, hand-crafted jewelry, knits, ornaments and more, made by women like Rose.
Meet Rose Waithera. Rose does beading work which allows her to provide food, books, uniforms and tuition fees for her children. She also works other peoples’ land and cooks and sells food to masons working in her village. She makes home detergents that she sells in her community and to churches and schools. When she was hospitalized for two weeks, h.o.w? jewelry was able to pay her bill so she could get treatment. Her prayer request is for health and strength.
empowering women – saving children- fighting poverty
Founder and president of h.o.w?Ministry , Michelle Outman, is committed to empowering widows in Africa, one by one, to become independent with sustainable and predictable income. h.o.w? Ministry fights poverty among women and children, where poverty strikes hardest. h.o.w? Ministry helps orphans by partnering with Christ-centered homes in Kenya. You can learn more at their website .
I suggest watching their short video which explains how by purchasing your gifts (which you need to buy anyway) through this ministry, you can help others.
I must add that this jewelry feels and looks absolutely beautiful. It is truly a beautiful gift with a beautiful meaning.
For me, learning about and praying for these women in Africa is giving me a new perspective on my preparations for Christmas this year and the gifts I buy. I like knowing I can help someone, simply by choosing a beautiful piece she has made.
If you are fortunate enough to live near enough to visit with Michelle at h.o.w? Ministry, she can tell you about each piece, what it is made of, and often, the process the widow uses to make the item.
I purchased a knitted stocking to hang from our mantel to remind me to pray for these women and children throughout this Advent and Christmas season. The women shear and spin their own yarn to make their knitted crafts and Michelle told me about how an old bicycle wheel was fitted to a treadle to work as a spinning wheel. The stories are precious.
Now I always have some connection in my blogs to quilting and this is what I’ve got so far: I’m going to pray about how a quilted piece can help a widow or orphan or help raise funds for their benefit. Stay tuned for the quilt to follow!
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