one of our noonday ambassadors( amanda cobb), who’s also a talented photographer posted took this image. ( photo links to her site). when i saw this baby girls face it completely took my breath away. isn’t she absolutely gorgeous? then after i regained my composure, i realized she was playing dress up in our Noonday pieces, made in ethiopia.
macey was adopted from ethiopia.
many people travel to the entoto mountains ( in ethiopia) as they believe the waters there have magical powers and will cure their HIV & AIDS. many of these people have been abandoned and rejected by their families and are alone & broken when they arrive. several years ago a program was developed to help the people on Entoto Mountain establish a consistent source of income, one of the most dire needs facing their survival. once an HIV person is on the appropriate drugs, the HIV isn’t even detected in their blood. so while these people came looking for a miracle through water, they’re actually able to receive the real treatment through medication.
one of the ways they can afford their medication is through sustainable income such as through crafting jewelry.
well. another beautiful chapter in this story is what is actually used to make the jewelry.
farmers supply the bead makers with bullets & artillery found on their land following war conflicts.
bullets. casings. artillery.
oh yes. what was meant for harm is now used to make beautiful jewelry.
“Remnants of former weapons of conflict are now upcycled pieces of redemption”
slam dunk! i love it when the Lord does something like that. only the Lord will turn what others mean for destruction and make it into something beautiful. something redeeming. if you want to be blown away by a family’s betrayal & then unimaginable forgiveness, read the story joseph …same thing. ( genesis 41-50).
thank you amanda for allowing me to share macey’s image. she symbolizes beauty from ashes. her gorgeous face symbolizes hope. her forever family will be forever blessed indeed.
so… a few of the gorgeous pieces made in ethiopia that macey is modeling include :
1. super popular bethe rope necklace
“As for you, you meant evil against me,
but God meant it for good,
to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”