The Best Craft We’ll Ever Create

It seems as if baring my soul to you guys comes naturally these days.

Some time ago, I told you about our work in Honduras.

I shared with you about the people, their poverty, and yet, their filled hearts.

Matt has been to Honduras 12 times in his life and we now lead groups whenever we can to build houses there. (check out video below)

It now feels more important than ever to me to provide not only a house, but a home.  I’m trying to think of ways to do that this year…maybe painting art work on simple paper, painting a wall, etc.??

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My passion for the people there was instantaneous, and I am delighted to know that one day you’ll read about our adoption journey there.

I wanted to talk about another journey today, though.

I met Amber Foster a few years ago on my second trip to Honduras.   She moved there and has been working and loving the people there for years.

This is her family now, Darwin and little Rosie.  I honestly sometimes don’t think the world is able comprehend someone like Amber.  She lives not for herself, and is continually pouring out for others.

Her work in Tegucigalpa, Honduras involves much labor, and she is beautifully invested in serving the community there.

So much so that she began Breaking Chains Ministry, a ministry to feed and encourage the homeless of the capital city.
We’ll get to see Amber again this year when we take a group of 25 college students over in May.  And we’ll get to help with Breaking Chains.

Here’s where I need your help.  Amber asked me to come up with a craft for the homeless men, women, and children to participate in.  She has no idea how special that is to me…before we talked she had no idea that I was passionate about creating.


But if there’s one thing I’m more passionate about, it’s people.  And being able to give to them in that way….I can’t really even describe the excitement I feel.

Praying it will be as much a blessing to them as I’m sure it will be to me.

So, I guess I’m asking for help.  You guys are who I create with.  If I can’t ask your advice, whose can I ask?

What would you do??  She says they’ll love painting canvas boards…but I also want to think on it a bit.  To make sure I’m extending them joy.

 

So, it just got me thinking.

What if all of our crafty community got involved in this?  In something bigger than ourselves.  And blessed others with our gifts.

What if we all sent supplies or you helped me with ideas? Or we sent simple paper paintings for them.

Sent them a physical proof that someone loves them. Someone is reaching out.

If we all sent one thing, we could probably fill a whole shipping container.

You game?

It will be amazing to see so many from all over come together for one purpose.

Creating on a mission.

Creating to Bless.

There are so many ways you can get involved with the work at Breaking Chains and in Honduras.  Please leave me a comment with your ideas, or if you’d like to get involved in any way.  Please pass this along to your blogs if you think this could be as big as I do.

I’d love to spread a whole bunch of the joy you all give me to another piece of the world.

Thanks for listening,

:-)

P.S. If you want to find out more about Amber’s journey in Honduras, you can follow her blog here and find her on Facebook here.

****NOTE: the crafts will be for the homeless we’ll get to feed at Breaking Chains, so send me any ideas that would be appropriate for them. :)
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13 Responses to The Best Craft We’ll Ever Create

  1. Flower Patch Farmgirl February 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Oh, I like the way you think/love.

  2. SheilaG February 23, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Wonderful idea! Though I don't have a blog, I would love to help out with a craft or supplies, just let us know how/when! :)

  3. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper February 23, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    i would love to help out, but my idea for a craft doesn't involve too much i can send besides paper and ink. i think that there is so much beauty and inspiration in the world around us and in the land, and nature. what if you had each person find one thing outside that inspires them or moves them or just makes them smile, and then stamp it on a piece of paper?

  4. mommyinthemountains February 23, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    I would love to help out! I think about the crafts I have done and the ones that bring me the most joy are the ones that are useful. Maybe there is a way you can decorate something they could use everyday, like a dishtowel or a tablecloth. I am sure you could find some plant infused dyes for them to create some beautiful linens, blankets, towels? Just one thought.

  5. krissyjosephine February 23, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    What a blessing you are to the people of Honduras and to us! This is the first time I have visited your blog, but already love you to pieces!! I will definitely be back to see how I can help…even then I am not personally creative, I am a GREAT "see it and run with it" kind of girl.

  6. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely February 23, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    I wonder about something like simple jewelry that they could have on their person and make special to them. I've done wire sculpting before, and it's something that would be somewhat easy with very little cost. Copper wire is pretty inexpensive and you could do cuff bracelets, rings, pendants, etc. They would just need to have some examples to give them ideas and get them started. I love your big heart my friend!

  7. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 1:30 am #

    That is a wonderful mission you are on, Shaunna. I love your ideas for and will have to think about this one. What about painting inexpensive dropcloths into rugs for their homes? Fun, easy, and something they can use. I'll put my thinking cap on.

  8. Heaven's Walk - February 23, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    What a blessing you are, Shaunna! Such a wonderful idea! Let me know how I can help!! Meanwhile, I'll be thinking….. :)

  9. Mary Smither February 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    I loved your post. One of my best friends is in Honduras now. She has hosted several exchange students from Honduras. We sent baby blankets, toothbrushes and toothpaste with her this year.

  10. Brooke Darrohn March 3, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I love the people of Honduras. My work has put together a charity called Amigos of Honduras. They go over there twice a year to build water projects for them. I feel so blessed.

  11. Tina March 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    I found your blog in haphazard way and was blessed to read your reflections. A month ago I returned from Nicaragua where I took my 11 year old son to visit friends, expand his spanish, and most importantly put of seed of loving people and missions in his heart. We were there the same time as a team of creative hairdressers that were teaching 30-40 women the trade of cutting hair and doing manicures and pedicures. Some of these women were ex-prositutes or had lived in city dump. They were so afraid on the first day, but these amazing men poured thier hearts and souls into them and they came out changed and ready to try new things and be so creative. So I guess this is my encouragement-pour your creativity into them and they will respond with equal excitement. And whatever it is, use lots and lots of color!!

  12. deborah April 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Do they have access to sewing materials? there are many handbags that are easy to make even by hand. I am a sewing novice and even i can . It would have to be something useful maybe customizing plain old tees there ae plenty of projects and it would b something to wear that can even carry the logo of the program. We have very little but are always more than happy to share. Maybe you can suggest a project to your followers like having each one of us desing a Tee or bag or clutch. Anything little of use that can carry some of our love over to them.

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