The Search is Over

 

Sometimes you search for something and just can't find it. My search for this new product had me scouring the continent of Africa. I thought I hit pay dirt when I searched Ghana but unfortunately no such luck. ? Our problem is we can find the product but we cannot find ministry component.

One morning I woke up to an email from a ministry wanting to partner with us. They sold coffee. I made a phone call to Singing Rooster. I am a business person through and through so when I spoke to Molly there was an instant connect because she is also a business person! I listened to her work in Haiti and how she was using her business skills to make an impact in a small community. This ministry was birthed from the Episcopal church. They had been doing working in this community for 30 years. During that time they built a school and a medical clinic. Business was the next logical step. Then she mentioned a new product they would be rolling out at the end of the month. Cue the Angels and harps!! I almost fell out! Who would have thought my dream product came from Haiti?! Apparently I had been looking in the wrong part of the world all these years!!!? Folks- we will be the 1st store carrying this product and we will have it by the end of the month. What is it? DRUM ROLL PLEASE... We will be carrying CHOCOLATE!! ? Yes- who knew that Haiti has cacao?!?!?! I was even in Haiti January 2015 and did not hear word one about this! ? Never mind- now we know! We will have Haitian coffee next week along with Chocolate Bark. Their bark is made out of 70% dark chocolate and comes in 2 flavors; one has coconut and the other has spicy cashews. You can feel good about eating this because it is rich in antioxidants. Then at the end of the month we will have the bars. 1st up will be a chocolate bar with peanuts! They have other delicious flavors scheduled to roll out after that- Lemon and Ginger, Cinnamon and Cayenne, and Orange Crunch. Don't worry though- I got you! When they roll out, I'll make sure they roll right into the store!! So please welcome Singing Rooster to The Marketplace family!!

 

 

Give This Christmas Away

 

Show Season 2016 starts this week!!! WHOO HOO!!! While it is incredibly exhausting, it is also absolutely exhilarating!! We go into each season with a specific focus. One year God was pretty specific with us, “Show them me. Don’t tell them I love them, show them.” Excuse me?!?! That year we hugged people, listened to what God was doing in their lives and encouraged them, and told them they were abundantly loved. What happened in the booth? A whole lot of crying! Another year God wanted us to tell them, “The best is yet to come!” We would tell people this and they would thank us, hug us, or both! “We so needed to hear that!” So what’s the deal with Show Season 2016? This season is based on a song that totally rips me up. I listen to it year round even though it is a Christmas song and after all these years it still has the power to make me cry. It truly is the theme song of The Marketplace!

What if I told you, you have the power to give someone hope far beyond their wildest dreams. What if I told you its right there in your hands? It’s hard to imagine how something so small can make all the difference tear down the tallest wall. What if December looked different this year? What if we all just give this Christmas away? (Give This Christmas Away by Matthew West)

I wish I could take you all with me when I travel the world. When you buy a necklace or a bag, you truly change someone’s life. You give them hope, dignity, and a way to provide for their families. It truly is life changing. We live in a consumer-driven society and we buy gifts. There is nothing wrong with buying your friends and family gifts. But what if this year, we give this Christmas away? What if we gave our friend a really cool bag AND changed a single mom’s life in Bolivia? Or we bought our mom a beautiful necklace from Haiti that helped keep a family intact? I don’t think we fully realize the power we have to change a life! Let’s do it people- let’s truly be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Here’s to Show Season 2016 ‪#‎givethisChristmasaway‬ ! Make your gift giving count! When you buy your gifts at The Marketplace not only are you giving a beautiful handcrafted product, you are investing in someone’s life.

What if December looked different this year? What if we all just give this Christmas away? If there is love in your heart, don’t let it stay there. Give this Christmas away and your life will be changed by the gift you receive when you give this Christmas away. (Give This Christmas Away by Matthew West)

 

Prayer is a Game Changer

Behind the scenes look into The Marketplace. We have some traditions that as staff and volunteers, we always do. For us, it’s very important in the life of The Marketplace. One such tradition is when we receive a box from one of our artisan groups. Did you know that we pray over every box of product we get? We thank God for His provisions, we pray over all the artisans who have worked on it, those who will purchase it, and over all who will receive it as gifts.

Last Thursday, I broke tradition. Why? Because I can! We had a group of young customers in the store and I invited them to take part in our prayer. They were so excited. Who were we praying over? We had just received a box of product by One Loom Designs from Guatemala. It was so sweet to watch them put their hands on the box and scrunch up their little faces. Once we were done they all said in unison, “Amen” and all the questions started. “Where’s Guatemala?” “You mean they use flowers as dye?!?!” “How do you loom?” Hey- they learned a lot that day!

In The Marketplace prayer is important. Not only do we pray over our shipments but we also have a prayer wall. Many customers come in sometimes just to have us put a name on the wall. We get FB and IG messages to add names as well as phone calls from across the country. Be assured we pray over these names. We truly believe prayer is a game changer. Have a great week guys!

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