In the spring of 2012 my in-laws told me about an article they had read about a girl named Katie Davis. After graduating from high school in TN, Katie gave up the life she knew and moved across the world to Uganda. She gave up the comforts of her life to go and care of the oppressed. After reading the short article about Katie I immediately went searching for her book ,Kisses for Katie. I wanted to learn more about this girl and the things she was doing.
At the age of nineteen Katie began caring for 13 orphaned Ugandan children, all of whom is is currently in the process of adopting. I was blown away by the self sacrifice that Katie has displayed and just in awe that someone so young would gladly take on this huge resposibility. Oh and did I mention that in addition to caring for 13 children she also started a ministry that educates and feeds several hundred children a day?
This book definitely left me inspired to do something, to make a difference in the life of someone else.
Fast forward almost six months and I kept seeing a company called Noonday pop up on several blogs. I would think to myself, ” Wow that Noonday necklace they are giving away is beautiful. I would love to wear that.” In October I again read something about Noonday on a blog and actually took the time to click over to their site. After looking at the gorgeous jewelry I quickly moved on to reading about the founder JessicaHonneger and how she started the company as a way to fund raise for their adoption. I was hooked from that point and with tears in my eyes started reading about all of the artisans that hand make each and every product that the Noonday collection is made up of. I contacted Noonday to host a trunk show and after talking with a local Noonday Ambassador for several minutes on the phone I felt this tugging in my heart to go one step further. After talking and praying about this with my husband I decided to apply to be an Ambassador for Noonday.
I will definitely be stepping out of my comfort in this new adventure. I don’t think God calls us to a life of comfort though. I LOVE this post from Noonday founder, Jessica Honneger, about taking risk. When I was considering becoming an Ambassador I kept coming back to these two John Piper quotes that Jessica shared. They were just the encouragement I needed to step out of myself and be willing to try to make a difference in someone else’s life.
John Piper asks, “What if a successful risk would bring great benefit to many people, and its failure would bring harm only to yourself? It may not be loving to choose comfort or security when something great may be achieved for the cause of Christ and for the good of others.”
“Some people risk for the adrenaline, some like to live life on the edge, and some feel it heroic. But the true reason for risk is “simple trust in Christ- that in him God will do everything necessary so that we can enjoy making much of him forever. Every good poised to bless us, and every evil arrayed against us, will in the end help us boast only in the cross, and glorify our Creator. Faith in these promises frees us to risk and to find in our own experience that it is better to lose our life than to waste it.” (Don’t Waste Your Life, Piper)
When you satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58:10