Noonday Collection Blog Train!

Welcome to the next stop on the Noonday Collection blog train!  How fun is this?  I have loved visiting some of my ambassador sisters blogs the past few weeks + hope you enjoyed Brandi’s post Friday + will head over to Jenna’s blog tomorrow!  [wow!  love getting to be sanwhiched in between two girls I admire + look up to so much!  seriously, if you haven’t been to their blogs…..today is your day!]

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The day I went with Jessica + Joe to pick up their precious Jack in Rwanda was a day like no other.  A day full of joy and redemption.  Hands shaking and lots of praying while I was snapping away with my camera.  Capturing this fulfillment of Gods promise to them.  The days that followed [as I was trying to put a slideshow together to document this great moment] were full of spiritual attack.  I knew that God was up to something huge with this family when I suffered tremendously for just being a fly on the wall during this short trip.  You see, Noonday Collection was birthed out of their adoption of Jack.  God knew, He knew this plan He had for Jessica long before she knew, and He used their adoption to start this socially couscous company that now employs over 1,000 artisans in over 12 countries.  So, of coarse there would be spiritual opposition.  A rash that overtook my entire body, put me in bed, and eventually sent me to a Korean run clinic to get the biggest shot you’ve ever seen + some questionable medicine.  Also, my computer was stolen that week.  Stolen, yet returned.  You don’t mess with International Justice Mission.  Thankfully they took my external hard drive out + left it, along with the thousands of dollars I had in camera equipment.  But I knew that night as I laid in bed praying like I never have before to “we never walk alone” on repeat on my iphone, that God was up to something.

That trip, we also got to spend several days in Uganda with Jalia + Daniel and their team and that trip was also the time we sat down with the Rwandan artisans to tell them that we were sending them to sewing school!  It was then I met sweet Grace, who we sponsored to go to school, and really get to love these women!  Pictured below was our first meeting over tea + treats at Jennifers house in Kigali…how sweet are their faces!  They were so thrilled for this opportunity.

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Me + Jessica with Jalia and her two: Zoe and Zac.  Caleb + his brother Bukenya.  Daniel + Jalia.

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[the Rwandan sewing co op group!]

and look where Noonday is now!  I’ve had the opportunity since that trip to visit our artisans in Ethiopia and also back to Uganda this June.  These women [and men!] are real live people.  They have real stories.  They have families to take care of, mouths to feed, shoes to be bought, water to be drunk.  and by making these incredible items, they get a better chance at life.  these people, these artisans, they feel like family.  and we take care of our family.  So I’m excited to bring YOU into the story and let you be a part of giving life to the thousands of people all over the world that are affected by the work we do at Noonday.  You too can be a voice for the oppressed!  Every time you wear one of your items, you can pray for that country + people, you can tell the person behind you in line at Starbucks that your necklace was made with love in Uganda, or India, or Ethiopia.  Don’t you want to be a part of that?  I know I do, and I’m so blessed to be a part of the Noonday Collection team!

The Ethiopian Noonday team!

Berhanie + her son

Embemebet + her new son

Fesese Wok + her soon to be baby

I think one thing we can agree on, is these women are all moms.  just like you + me.  trying their best to provide for their families.  They have stories that most of us can’t even comprehend.  hurt, heartache, betrayal, death, starvation, persecution, disease.  yet, they still have HOPE.  this work that they do, it brings them LIFE.  I’ve sat in enough of these women’s homes + workshops to know that one thing.  This work gives them purpose, it gives them worth, it allows them to do what every mother wants to do – provide for her family.  I am a mom, and my hope is that I too can provide for my children and show them what hard work looks like.  This work, selling Noonday Collection, gives ME purpose.  It allows me to tell YOU these stories, so you know that when you buy one of their beautiful pieces, you are giving them life and purpose.  Everybody wins!

So today I am giving away 1 item – but the winner will get to chose what she gets!  I have picked 1 item from each African country that I’ve gotten to visit our artisans.  Winner can chose 1!

 click below to enter!  Giveaway goes thru FRIDAY the 20th!

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  1. Erin DuBroc says:

    what a story! so neat that you were able to accompany them on their trip to bring home their son! inspired by your testimony!!

    thanks for the chance!

  2. Erin DuBroc says:

    i’m so inspired by your testimony! thank you for sharing and the chance to win one of these beauties! I love Noonday, and all it supports. so neat that you got to accompany them on their trip to bring home their son!

  3. Erin DuBroc says:

    I think I would choose the tassel bracelets from Ethiopia!

  4. Lias Beech says:

    I love the tassel bracelet from Ethiopia. The metallic pearls that are melted down and hand-crafted from old artillery is inspiring to me. I love that from destruction and despair God redeems and brings HOPE.

  5. Kayla Barnes says:

    What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! I think I would choose the necklace! 🙂

  6. Cindy says:

    I believe I would select the yellow necklace. Such a statement piece with a story!

  7. Shasta says:

    I have loved this blog train. I am more interested in Noonday than ever before because of the stories.

  8. Shasta says:

    Forgot to add what I would choose. I would choose the tassel bracelets. They are simple and yet powerful.

  9. Heather Bardin says:

    Thank you so much for your post! I love the way each day there is a different perspective on this same BIG heart for the hope that IS for each woman and child, each family. It is incredible to learn more about this ministry that Noonday is, this ministry wrapped up empowering women, building women’s self-esteem through the works of women’s hands who are building new lives living in HOPE. Thank you for sharing these sweet Mama’s faces, their little ones, too!

  10. Natalie says:

    Amazing to put faces with the wonderful work they create. A blessing for all of us reading!

  11. Carly Bean says:

    I love that all the ambassadors are coming together for a Giveaway Train. It’s so sweet. 🙂 Your testimony is also so neat. It was a blessing to read. I would love to have the Ethiopia tassel bracelets to show the world their story.

    Thank you for this chance. 🙂

  12. Mindy Oja says:

    I absolutely love the Noonday mission! If I absolutely had to choose, I would pick the Bukenya Fringe Necklace. Ordinarily, yellow is not my color (redhead here) but I think it is beautiful and I’m sure I could make it work!

  13. Wow, what a story, and beautiful pictures to go along with it. Such a huge blessing to go and see the work that these women are doing.

    I would choose the Bukenya Fringe Necklace from Ethipoia! Gorgeous piece of jewelry!

  14. Erin Ham says:

    I love all of them, but I would really want one of the bags! I could carry groceries in it from the supermarket or even gear for workouts! Very cool 🙂

  15. Ashlee says:

    What a great giveaway!

  16. Cindy A. says:

    They are all so beautiful! I wish I had just a small sampling of the talent, creativity, and never ending spirit that these amazing women possess. It’s a difficult choice, but I think the Bukenya Fringe Necklace would be my pick. I can’t help but smile every time I see it.

  17. Courtney Lindsey says:

    I love the Bukenya necklace! It’s so bright and happy!

  18. Elizabeth says:

    I love the Bukenya Fringe Necklace, one because it is beautiful – the shape and color – but also because it is named for an artist, which makes it even more special. What a great story to tell when you wear it!

  19. chelsey says:

    love all three of these pieces as my heart is in each of these countries!

  20. Sarah says:

    I would choose the necklace because it is gorgeous! I love the Noonday stories.

  21. Sarah says:

    Noonday seems to have such a far & wide impact!! Beautiful people, beautiful items, beautiful stories.

  22. Mallory says:

    Love Noonday and love the bags!

  23. Megan says:

    I would definitely pick one of the bags- LOVE all the bright colors !!

  24. Tracy says:

    I would choose the bag because I am always needing a bag to haul all my, and my kid’s, stuff around!

  25. stacy says:

    A lot of inspiration and hope in your words and those pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Allison says:

    I want the bag!

  27. Lindsay S. says:

    I would choose the bracelets as I love the tasseled splash of color-I know I would wear them all the time!!

  28. I would choose a Market Tote Bag…then, I would have to decide to keep it for myself or give it away as a Christmas present 🙂

  29. ellen getz says:

    how exciting to see your blog pop up on the noonday train, wynne! you have such a precious heart & it was wonderful to read of your love for africa. i’d choose the bukenya fringe necklace– it’s so bright & cheery and such a great reflection of bukenya himself… i loved his big smile in the picture you posted!
    thanks for pointing my heart towards jesus.
    ellen

  30. I think I would pick the tassel bracelets. They are so unique and simple. Not to mention my husband might get irritated if I got another bag 🙂

  31. Bee Jones says:

    Loving the bracelets and I know my daughter would love them too! And loving your story- so awesome to see the faces of the people at the heart of Noonday!

  32. kolpin says:

    I’m loving the Golden Ribbons Necklace, it just kind of oozes elegance and simplicity.

    rafflecopter: daniel

  33. Katie says:

    I love the noonday Inca Steps necklace; it’s so bold and will certainly start a conversation about where it came from!

  34. Jenna H says:

    Bukenya Fringe Necklace. I love how unique and lovely it is.

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