When God gives you a dream... 10 years later!

When God gives you a dream... 10 years later!

When God gives you a dream, be prepared to fight for it. People will tell you how you will fail and how it doesn’t even make sense. They will discourage you and even stand in your way. Don’t let them. Remember what God said when He gave you the dream and then do it. If I would have listened to all the opinions, I never would have started The Marketplace. From day 1, I was told it wouldn’t last. This month, we are celebrating 10 years.


The Marketplace has been the hardest thing I have ever done. I have quit in my mind so many times I have lost count! I have sacrificed time with my family and personal resources. I have threatened to walk away countless times, but I can’t. I think of the artisans I have met whose lives have been changed. I think about Sylvia in Bolivia who no longer has to sell her body to feed her children, Jean Du in Rwanda who has a dignified job and can now pay his children’s school fees, or the mamas in Haiti who no longer have to feed their children clay mixed with water so they will not cry from empty bellies.  These are real people, just like you and me who have dreams for their children. But even more than that, this is something that God has called me to do.


As I look back to all of the God miracles that have happened in the last 10 years, I am thankful that I fought hard for the dream, that I surrounded myself with strong prayer warriors, and that I have a supportive husband who saw what God was doing and jumped in the trenches with me. The Marketplace has not only changed my life, but it has also changed who I am.


I want to encourage you. If God has given you a dream, fight hard, and protect it.  Many people won’t understand it and that is ok. God didn’t give them the dream, He gave it to you. It will be hard, but it will be worth all the blood, sweat, and tears.


I would like to take an opportunity to thank each of you for being a part of our community the last 10 years. Your purchasing, praying, and sharing our story has changed countless lives around the world. It has been a pleasure getting to know many of you. As our way of saying thank you, I would like to give you a gift! For every $50 you spend (excluding shipping and taxes) thru September 24th, you will receive a special gift! For example, if your purchase is $150, you get 3 gifts! Start thinking of all the gifts you need to buy for your friends and family and be sure to add a couple of things for yourself, you deserve it!


Again, thank you for an amazing 10 years! Here is to another 10 years of empowering people and changing lives!



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