share love now

Oh my word. Holy cow. I got something so stinking cool in the mail today and just HAD to share it.

(I know I said I’d be posting Part 4 of hope, heartache, healing, hope today, but my day was crazy-busy, and I’m sooo tired–grace??)

Get this. My online friend Donna sent me this FANTASTIC letter today that just blessed me in a zillion ways. She also sent a photo and a $50 bill to bless my friends in Cambodia. Holy cow. Read it for yourself:

Marla & Company–

I recently bought some lovely handmade bracelets from you. They gave me an idea. (insert drawing of a light bulb)

I painted a canvas, added some felt, one of your bracelets, and the words SHARE LOVE NOW. It turned out pretty well. I sold it (for $30) and 6 bracelets (for $3 each) at my recent Christmas Show & Sale.

So–here’s the $ for you to send to Cambodia. I know every little bit helps.

Merry Christmas!

[heart], Donna

Can you believe that?? Is that not the coolest thing EVER??? She took our little $1 bracelets and STINKING MULTIPLIED THEM. And then GAVE IT ALL BACK. Now that’s kingdom stuff right there, friends!!

(And this is TOP SECRET–but I’m putting it on the internet and in bold ALL CAPS to boot–but Donna offered to make ANOTHER ONE and sell it to one lucky person via my blog in January. Isn’t that COOL?!?!?)

We have really, really, REALLY been blessed by this whole prayer bracelet venture. Last week, we sent 16 Haiti bracelets to a teacher-friend in Indianapolis to give to her first-grade class (they sponsor a child in Haiti). Just tonight, she asked for 31 more. Two other teachers saw them and want some! This past week, we’ve also made 18 for Tanzania, 20 for Guatemala, 6 for Turkey, and a bunch more.

We have loved being able to give $ to Cambodia even in tough times, just because the girlies learned how to make bracelets at camp, and awesome people are catching the vision. And I love the bonding time when we’re all sitting around making bracelets and chatting. (And the girls only moan and groan for a few seconds when they hear about the next big order, and then they get into it again.)

Thank you, Jesus!!

If you’d like to order some bracelets (in flag colors or just random colors), let me know. (They’re $1 each.) And if you have any BRILLIANT ideas like Donna’s for re-purposing and/or kingdom-investing our bracelets, I’d love to hear ’em! THANK YOU!!

9 thoughts on “share love now

  1. Yvonne

    I just read this and I love it! As always, thank you Marla, Livi, Ava and Nina for all of the time and energy you give to us here in Cambodia! WE COULDN’T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT YOU!!!
    And, thank you Donna for taking a great idea and going a step further with it, what a blessing and an inspirations!

  2. Connie

    I am so encouraged by reading your blog. I appreciate your honesty and love Donna and others who respond and follow Christ’s leading to bless others.

  3. Donna

    So, Marla, now you see what happens when you put your heart out there…other hearts hear and connect. I just love what you are doing and am humbled to be a part of it. Let me know if you want different colors for the next one! Can do in any colors you want. Love to you and your girls….and Gabe, too!

    1. Marla Taviano

      I say make it any color YOU want. I have no idea whose hands it will end up in–whoever loves it best and is the quickest to respond. And you know I’m going to try to talk you into making a ministry/business out of this… 😉

      1. Donna

        Ill see what color bracelets I have left and match something for the colors.
        I might be talked into sewing/creating for this ministry, but I really DON’T like selling….teamwork. I make…you sell. I already have a little business called Soli Deo Gloria…but I really am called Whimsical Woolies…felt applique…
        Se, let’s see where God takes this.

        1. Marla Taviano

          Of course I will sell it! I just know it’s not feasible to spend all your time making stuff to give away. So, I’m thinking, if you love to make canvasses like this, you make a bunch, I sell them, and a percentage of the profits goes to Cambodia. The rest you keep for more supplies and to feed your family. 🙂 We’ll talk.

          1. Donna

            I am busy making Christmas gifts right now and have a big show in January at a regional gallery, but after that…I’ll be available for other creating!

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