completely overwhelmed. I’ve been feeling that way all day. Most of the week actually. But this afternoon, the reason changed.
This morning, I stayed home from church with sick babies and did some cleaning of my house. I didn’t get far. That’s what’s been overwhelming me lately. I’m frustrated by all the cleaning, organizing, etc. that needs to be done right now. And do you know why? Clutter. Do you know what makes clutter? Stuff. Too much stuff. Too much stuff we don’t need. And it makes me tired. I’m exhausted by stuff we don’t even need.
And then I get an email from a friend far away who’s had to sell all her things and move her family so that they can continue the ministry to which God has called them.
And, suddenly, instead of being overwhelmed by the abundance, I am overwhelmed by the need. And by the contrast between the two. And by the desire to help and by the fact that I feel unable to do so. And by the distance that prevents the only things I could offer…a hug, a meal, a helping hand somehow.
So, because I can’t do those things and because I believe that the best way to help is to create opportunity, I’m asking you to help me help them. This week, I’ll be featuring one item and its maker each day. Each one was beautifully handcrafted by women in Kenya. I think you’ll love them…and I know you’ll love the stories of the women who made them. By purchasing the items, you can directly impact the lives of women in Kenya. Our organization, Merchant Ship Ministries, is partnering with women in Kenya to create economic opportunity. Would you help us? Would you help Kenyan women become “like merchant ships, bringing their food from afar”?