i was sitting crisscross applesauce in my comfy white chair. it was the first week of january, 2012. watching the live stream of the Passion conference that was going on essentially down the street in atlanta for several days. i had signed up to volunteer but realized at the last minute that logistically it wasn’t going to work. one of my girls was going to be attending the conference which has played a significant role in her walk with jesus. i physically felt deflated and wondered perhaps if i had made the wrong decision.
during one of the breakout times, i pulled up the Noonday Collection website. having first been introduced to them the year prior through emily at jones design company, but until that morning had no idea i could actually join their team. i knew in my heart this was to be part of my story. i could advocate for these men & women. i could use my voice & raise awareness for their pathway out of poverty. champion them. represent them.
years ago when my first husband was battling terminal cancer, i quit watching the news. not in some vague denial of reality, but essentially because my heart could only handle so much of “real life”. i guess i sorta closed off the world years ago & perhaps became a little over focused on my own little world. my home. my family. my groceries & carpool. my upper middle class american life. my large church where i can freely sing corporate worship. iphones & laptops. designer shoes and picket fences. me & my little world. sigh.
after a brief break that morning the passion live feed resumed. chris tomlin & the band came out and began singing “How Great is Our God-the world edition”. i remember vividly sitting there & weeping as the children walked up on stage in their native african dress. the visual with those lyrics touched a place in my heart like never before. i was blissfully unaware of the magnitude of all these little details being woven together that very morning.
the giving initiative for passion that weekend introduced me to many organizations, nonprofits and ways to help & support others that day. i connected with the heart of noonday collection~ to be a voice for the voiceless. to raise awareness. to represent & to champion. sex trafficked women. oppressed people groups. violence against the poor. up until that day in 2012, i knew very little about poverty & slavery. but my little world was beginning to change. and once you know these things, you can’t unknow them. the lord has told us what he wants us to do in those situations. it’s pretty simple really. do justice. love kindness & mercy and walk humbly with him.
fast forward to january 2014. my three oldest daughters were all at passion conference, again in atlanta. i was in austin texas for our annual noonday ambassador conference. jen hatmaker & jennie allen were there as guest speakers & were blowing us away with talks about living called, not driven and more. ( shared about here). as if that weren’t awesome in & of itself, jessica made a big surprise announcement~noonday, in collaboration with international justice mission would be sponsoring their first story telling trip to rwanda!
two years prior, during the same month, my daughter at passion seeing live the video i was so moved by, the lord laid the desire to travel africa on my heart. the desire to get outside my little world, the desire to see more of his people- to visit them, to meet them, photograph them, come along side them in whatever way i could. two years later, same month, while my oldest three were once again attending passion—i can hardly believe this is real— i was invited to go to africa and be a part of that story telling trip!!!!! i felt as if i let my girl down that day in 2012. perhaps missed something monumental, and maybe i did, yet now i see the lord had me exactly where he wanted me to be that day. i love that we have a father in heaven who sees details. i love how he brought to fruition a dream in my heart at the exact same time ( albeit two years later) it was birthed that morning sitting crisscross applesauce, feeling deflated. this time, in a room full of women who i’ve walked alongside the last two years. regular women doing extraordinary things with their voice.
you wanna know another sweet connection & detail not lost on jesus? guess who else is coming along? emily. as in jones design company emily. the original connection, through blogging, i had to noonday years ago. meet our team~
wanna know yet another awesome detail? YOU can come too!! ( you may need to pause video below )
come advocate with us! want to join us in Rwanda as we #StyleForJustice? we are offering the opportunity to include some one we may not yet know to come with us! tell us why YOU want to join us in winning people’s hearts to chase a global vision of economic empowerment and justice and you may receive a spot on our team (we will cover the trip cost!)
& just for fun….the video from that exact powerful morning two years ago. and perhaps a glimpse into what heaven might just sound like.