Beads of Promise, Seeds of Hope

August 19, 2010, 16:40 pm  Posted by Lark

My Aunt Kathy gave me this necklace. It was made by a Namibian woman who was taught how to bead to become self-sufficient.

Since this month is our Month of Hope (focusing on giving, charity, and good work) at Lark Crafts, I thought I’d share some info about an awesome cause my Aunt Kathy is involved in that includes a project called “Beads of Promise, Seeds of Hope,” which helps to raise awareness and money for the orphans and widows of Namibia.

The necklace pictured is one my aunt gave me. It was made by a Namibian woman who was taught how to bead to become self-sufficient through the program. Many of the women who participate in the program help run a foster care group for children whose parents died from AIDS.

I asked my Aunt Kathy–Kathy Morganelli, president of His Promise Ministries Inc.–to describe her work and these projects:

In 2001 I first heard Brenda Johnston speak on behalf of the AIDS orphans she worked with in Namibia.  My heart was touched.

I formed the You-nity bracelet project through our church to raise awareness and support for these children in need.  I believed then–and continue to believe now–that just as beads are linked to one another in wonderful connection, we can link our efforts together to help people in need.

From those early days, our efforts have grown into our current work in support of our foreign mission partner, Children of Promise Ministries–Namibia, as well as our U.S. partners: CHAMPS–Eastminster, Thornwell Home for Children in South Carolina, and Lake Helen Police Department Youth and Community Center in Lake Helen, Florida.

All of this is in support of our charitable purpose: To provide Christian humanitarian aid, seeking to transform the lives of children at home and abroad in the context of education through support of schools and after-school and mentoring programs, while not ignoring the physical needs of food, housing and medical care.

Please join us and reach out as we partner with these wonderful ministries. Visit our website www.hispromiseministries.org for donation opportunities.

Here is a small photo of the Namibian woman who made my neckace.

Kathy talked to a 5th grade class in Florida, sharing the “I Have a Name” pen pal project. Behind Kathy is a quilt made with the artwork of the Namibian students of Talitha-Kumi Christian Academy.


15 Responses

    That necklace is so lovely, and what an uplifting post!

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