Ministry Spotlight | Better Life Bags

April 12th, 2015

The mission of Better Life Bags is simple . . . make lives better! Creator and founder Rebecca Smith joins us today to share about the journey and heart of her business, Better Life Bags, and how they are making a difference in people’s lives.

Tell us about yourself and the journey that led you to begin Better Life Bags.

Our business started as a divine accident. I made a diaper bag when I was first pregnant with my son, posted pictures of it on Facebook and custom orders started rolling in. After moving intentionally to a highly immigrant area of Detroit in 2010, I realized that many of the women I met could not work outside their homes for cultural reasons, yet they had a great need to provide for their families. At the same time, our little shop was growing quicker than I could keep… read more »

Ministry Spotlight | Compassion International: Speak Up for One Child

December 7th, 2014

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. —Proverbs 31:8 (NIV). Compassion International is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing Christian child development organizations. Since 1952, Compassion’s revolutionary approach, through one-to-one sponsorship, has touched the lives of more than 2 million children. This year my family has volunteered to help find a sponsor for Bernard Aferi.

Bernard will be 10 years old at the end of January. He lives in the hillside community of Agona Nyakrom, Ghana with his mother and sibling. He loves running and playing soccer and participates in church activities and Bible classes through Compassion’s ministry.

Having a sponsor will allow the staff at Nyakrom Presbyterian Child Development Center to provide Bernard with bible classes, choir, Christian drama, health screening, hygiene education, vaccinations, de-worming, games, social activities, tuition and vocational training. Bernard has been waiting 8… read more »

Ministry Spotlight | The Neighborhood Café

September 7th, 2014

Have you ever thought, “I want to love my neighbors, but I don’t know how”? Amy Lively asked herself the same question and found the answer in starting a neighborhood Bible study. Keep reading to learn how The Neighborhood Café got started and where it’s at today!

How would you describe the mission of The Neighborhood Café?

Our mission is to equip women with tools, tips and techniques so that they can love their neighbors in a whole new way. We want to encourage women to get to know their neighbors, and show them how to do this is a way that is very natural and welcoming. We provide a Café Kit what contains everything needed to host a Neighborhood Café gathering in your own home, from invitations to a Planning Guide to Thinking of You cards, and even a music… read more »

Ministry Spotlight | She is Safe

August 3rd, 2014

The world uses and discards its most vulnerable women and girls. But God loves each one of them, and He sees their potential to change the families, communities, and nations they live in. She is Safe works to prevent, rescue and restore women and girls from abuse and exploitation in high risk places around the world, equipping them to build a life of freedom, faith and a strong future. Founder and President, Michele Rickett, joins us today to share about SIS and how YOU can get involved. Leave a comment on this post for the chance to win a copy of Michele’s book, Forgotten Girls.

How would you describe the mission of She Is Safe?

We are a Christian nonprofit that prevents, rescues and restores women and girls in communities in the developing world that have highest risk for abuse and slavery. We get them to… read more »

Ministry Spotlight | Promise 139

April 6th, 2014

Rick Morton, founder of Promise 139 and author of Know Orphans, joins us this Sunday to tell us a little about Promise 139. Promise 139 is a non-profit organization in Southern Mississippi formed by people that are passionate in helping orphaned children. Their mission is to reach out to the fatherless and make a difference in their future through an orphan hosting program. Promise 139 provides a cultural exchange (a camp-like experience) for underprivileged orphans living in foreign countries that coincides with their summer and winter breaks from school. Keep reading to learn more about this organization and how you can get involved.

How did Promise 139 get started, and what’s your involvement today?

The dream that led to Promise 139 actually began while we were adopting our first child. In the process, we were exposed to the idea by one of my friends and business partners in a… read more »

Winner Announced from Ministry Spotlight | Johari Creations

December 18th, 2013

We loved learning about the exciting work of Johari Creations Ministry Spotlight! Congratulations to the winner of the “I Heart Africa” ornament, Natalie (natalie.e.seitz {at} gmail {dot} com). Please email elizabeth {at}  litfusegroup {dot} com your mailing address to claim your prize.

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Ministry Spotlight | Johari Creations (plus a giveaway!)

December 8th, 2013

Welcome Lindsy Wallace of Johari Creations to our Ministry Spotlight! Johari Creations is a marketplace for handcrafted products made by artisans in developing countries around the world. Johari seeks to come alongside artisan partners with sustainable incomes, holistic development, and shared work and responsibility. “Amazing beauty can come from poverty, and while the artisans handcraft stunning products, it is the artisans themselves we celebrate as johari—the Swahili word for jewel,” explains Lindsy. Keep reading to learn more about the work Johari is doing. And make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win this cute “I Heart Africa” ornament for your Christmas tree!

How did Johari get started, and what’s your involvement today? 

The Philips

Johari Creations was born out of two desires—Erika’s need for a creative outlet (in the beginning she designed and created all of her own jewelry), and… read more »

Ministry Spotlight | International Christian Ministries

November 17th, 2013

Sheryl Giesbrecht, author of  Get Back Up and Executive Director and Vice President of Operations of International Christian Ministries, joins us this Sunday to tell us a little about her work with ICM. ICM was launched in 1986 to meet the growing need for discipleship in Kenya. Over the years the model evolved to include two main avenues for developing Christian leaders: the Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) and Africa Theological Seminary (ATS), and now ICM is registered in 12 countries and works in over 20 countries. Keep reading to learn more! 

How would you describe the mission of International Christian Ministries?

International Christian Ministries (ICM) exists to serve the church by training, equipping, and discipling it leaders. Our compelling vision is to see a mature African Church leading the global Church in fulfilling the Great Commission in the 21st Century

Tell us a little about the journey that led… read more »