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There are over 153 million orphans living in the world today, children vulnerable to neglect, exploitation, trafficking, slavery, hunger and emotional trauma. Orphans are not the only children at risk. Last year the world lost 6.6 million infants and toddlers. Half of these deaths were primarily due to malnutrition or preventable disease.

At Ornaments4Orphans we believe that poverty is at the root of the global orphan crisis. Single mothers desperately want to keep their children, but they cannot afford the HIV medication which will sustain their lives. Relatives desire to take in orphans, but fear the expense of another mouth to feed. In the face of crippling unemployment, desperate widows turn to prostitution, depressed men abandon their families, and children grow up working in the fields rather than attending school.

Poverty is a complex issue, one that cannot be easily solved, but it is clear that poverty is much more than lack of possessions. It’s lack of opportunity. Without opportunity for regular, fair-waged work, cycles of poverty and broken families will continue.

At Ornaments4Orphans we strive to combat these big issues with small, unlikely things – Christmas ornaments! Ornaments4Orphans is an initiative designed to bless orphans AND bring economic opportunity to talented artisans in impoverished communities.

Ornaments4Orphans sells beautiful fair trade ornaments, nativities and other items handcrafted by talented artisans around the world. With their earned income, artisans are able to provide for their families. They put food on their tables, make rent, pay their children’s school fees and purchase the medicines that sustain their lives.

Ornaments4Orphans also gives back from our proceeds to help orphans in the communities where our artisans work and live. We partner with strategic ministries which invest in the care of orphaned children who are desperate for food, education and love.

The number of children and families now being blessed because of Christmas ornaments is astounding, and we have big hopes for the future! As Ornaments4Orphans grows, we dream of offering life-giving employment to hundreds more artisans and spreading hope to orphans everywhere.

You can help us increase the Ornaments4Orphans impact by becoming an O4O Coordinator! As a Coordinator you agree to host an Ornaments4Orphans tree at your church, school, workplace or home. We ship you a box of our ornaments along with all the literature and materials you need for your fundraiser. Sell the ornaments for $10 each and when you’re done simply return any unsold ornaments along with the proceeds you raise. It’s that simple.

Watch how it works. (Click here if reading in an email).

Your tree combined with other Ornaments4Orphans trees across the country helps men and women escape poverty and provide for vulnerable orphans who have no hope. The only cost is your time! Learn more about becoming an Ornaments4Orphans Coordinator at by visiting our website.

Also make plans to join us at our Opening Night Party at Allume! We’ll be decking the halls early and sharing our celebration with you!

Can’t wait until October?

Giveaway!

We’re giving away a set of our Banana Fiber Angel Ornaments to one lucky winner via this blog post!

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Visit our website here, then comment below with your name, email, and favorite Ornaments4Orphans product.

Giveaway ends Monday, October 6th at 11:59 EST.

Christin

Christin has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. She has been married 13 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 11 down to 3. You can find her encouraging moms at her blog Joyful Mothering, writing some deeper thoughts on life and writing at ChristinSlade.com, and learning more about Google+.

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What It Means to Be An Advocate

Scenic Garden Bridge at Sunset. Summer in the Garden.

Welcome Work of Worth to Allume!

Anyone with success has advocates. Think of your favorite pop-star – they are an advocate magnet. They have the quiet “behind the scenes” type, who help them recognize opportunities, and see those opportunities become realities. They also have the bolder “door-holder” kind of advocates, those who share with others about the greatness they recognize.

Those without success lack advocates. Everyone has skills and abilities to bring to the table, but the revelation of those gifts comes from opportunities and advocates that help us tap into what it is we have to offer. We have come to recognize that those that need the most advocacy are those that don’t know they’re worth fighting for.

Anyone with success has an audience. Success brings with it a platform from which you have the freedom to share your experience and expertise. With the achievement of success comes the responsibility to advocate for the success of others.

You are your own advocate. To truly capture your success you must also recognize your own worth. You have to own it. You must believe you have something to offer. Owning your own worth is not an overnight process, but is instead a journey, during which you need advocates to walk alongside you. Unlike patriarchy, the goal of advocacy is to instill dignity until he or she can advocate for their own success.

Recipients of advocacy can’t resist paying it forward, which is why advocacy has the longevity to impact generations. The responsibility to advocate has nothing to do with the size of your platform. Those facts are mutually exclusive. Consider the voice of advocacy in terms of the family: a parent’s voice of truth is of the same value to one precious child as it would be to 10 children. This is true for both the number she advocates for and the number she advocates to. Advocacy is about sharing truth with those you have been given influence over, whether that audience is 1 or 1000.

Work of Worth is about bridging the gap for those who need an advocate. We can’t wait to meet each of you and to celebrate our voices together! Consider this your formal invitation to the movement of advocating for dignity.

-Kristy Griem

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Christin has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. She has been married 13 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 11 down to 3. You can find her encouraging moms at her blog Joyful Mothering, writing some deeper thoughts on life and writing at ChristinSlade.com, and learning more about Google+.

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Dear Weary Mom,

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Dear Weary Mom,

I’m posting this around 7:00 in the morning, and if you’re reading this you’re already tired. Come to think of it, whatever time of day it is where you are, you’re tired.

You may have woken up this morning and before your feet ever hit the ground thought, “Man…I’m tired.” You might be sipping your fourth cup of coffee in less than an hour and find yourself thinking, “Man…I’m tired.” Or you might be headed to bed after a long day with a sigh on your lips and in your heart as the realization that another day exactly like the one that just ended begins in fewer hours than it really takes your body to get rested.

Man…you’re tired. 

I know this because I’m one of you. A weary mom dug down deep in the trenches of raising the two people I’m blessed to call mine. Just last night my littlest boy arrived in my bed around 2:00 a.m. trembling from a bad dream and spent most of the night pressed up against me, kicking me in the back.

It all sounds sweet except I didn’t sleep a wink. And now I’m—you guessed it—tired. I’ve found, though, that the weariness of motherhood is about much more than just a lack of sleep. It’s a weariness that’s kind of like holding a mirror up in front of all my ugly. Some days, motherhood brings out the worst in me. But I’m learning that’s okay.

Surprise, surprise.

Motherhood kind of took me by surprise. You too? Yeah, I hear that from a lot of moms I know who thought they had it all figured out before their own kids came. When my first son was born I had a terrible time nursing him, and it turned into the first of many, many things that just didn’t come easily to me as a mom. I remember being so angry with God because He wouldn’t change my situation and make things easier.

Anger.

An ugly word, isn’t it? But I found it in my heart, and as we all know, what’s in the heart comes out of the mouth (Matthew 12:34). Oh, weary mama, I’m honestly a bit ashamed of how many times I’ve been angry over the last seven years of my life. On the outside, I’m a grown woman who has her life together. I have a nice house, a hunky husband, and two seriously beautiful, talented little boys. But on the inside, I’m a two-year-old stamping her foot and screaming because she can’t get her own way.

All I want is for my boys to obey me. And to be quiet. And to stop wrestling all. the. time. And to put their toys away. And to stop goofing off at the table. And to stop spilling their drinks. And to stop wrinkling their noses at the dinners I work hard to fix for them. And to focus on their schoolwork. And to stop fighting with each other. And to be quiet (did I already say that??).

Do you find yourself nodding your head? Sighing deeply because you kinda know what I mean?

Yep, weary mama, motherhood brings out the very worst in me. But after seven years of battling, I’ve finally come to this:

I’m glad.

Lord, have mercy…what if all that junk had stayed inside of me all those years? What if my inner two-year-old with cute pigtails that bounce when she stamps her foot had been allowed to grow up into an intolerable woman with frizzy hair that didn’t look cute anymore?

Gives me the shivers.

I’ve known one too many women who were never called out on their inner two-year-old. It isn’t pretty, so yeah, weary mama, I’m saying it loud today…I’m GLAD my kids bring out all my ugly. I’m GLAD they keep me on my knees in prayer, asking, begging God to make me more like Him so I can be the kind of mom they really need.

So bring it, whiney two-year-old me. I know your game. And sooner or later you’re going to run out of steam, because I’ve got all the power of heaven on my side, and I’m determined to lay you down over and over and over again until you’re gone once and for all.

So there (sticks out tongue).

Now, where’s my coffee…

Brooke

Coauthor of Hope for the Weary Mom
Coming from Harvest House Publishers February 2015

P.S. In just two months, Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker will be launching their #ChooseHope campaign. To learn more, and enter to a beautiful cuff bracelet like this one, click here.”

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Christin

Christin has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. She has been married 13 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 11 down to 3. You can find her encouraging moms at her blog Joyful Mothering, writing some deeper thoughts on life and writing at ChristinSlade.com, and learning more about Google+.

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