Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Paper Bead Jewelry, Prayer, and the Love of Christ - what do they have in common?

(keep reading to see where this photo came from)
Paper bead jewelry is a great DIY craft. I haven't ventured into this realm yet. Not sure if I will, but I'm bringing it to you today because this particular paper craft is changing people's lives. 
It's AMAZING! 

I'll get to that part of the story in a bit after I showcase a few photos taken from Pinterest of paper bead jewelry. I've provided you with a couple links (below) that give directions on how to make them. And most likely there's someone reading this who already knows how and makes this type of jewelry. You can also check out other paper bead jewelry tutorials on Pinterest or elsewhere on the web.

Here are a few photos that I picked out from Pinterest to spark your imagination.


Here are two links with directions on how to make one-of-a-kind beads with paper!



All this craft takes is a pile of pretty paper, newspaper, old book pages, old music, etc., toothpicks or similar implements, glue, varnish of some sort, jewelry findings - and your imagination to create unique jewelry items for gifting or selling.

As I mentioned, paper bead jewelry is changing the lives of people in a world you may not be familiar with. And that's where the love of Christ comes in! I discovered this world three years ago when I purchased the book Kisses from Katie from our local Christian bookstore. It's a story of an 18-year old single girl whose faith in Christ brought her to Uganda. Katie is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. Do you already know her story? If not, here is a snapshot from the back of the book:

Katie Davis left over a Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the need she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ.

Kisses from Katie invites readers on a journey of radical love down the red dirt roads of Uganda. You'll laugh and cry with Katie as she follows Jesus into the impossible and finds joy and beauty beneath the dust. Katie and her children delight in saying yes to the people God places in front of them and challenge readers to do the same, changing the world one person at a time.
AMAZIMA MINISTRIES was started by Katie in 2008 to help Ugandan women and children.

AMAZIMA
pronounced 
ah - ma' - zee - ma
 (The emphasis is on the second syllable. )
Amazima means TRUST in the Luganda language.

 Through this organization, Ugandan women can now provide a respectable living for themselves and their families instead of through prostitution or trash picking. Every week Katie meets with the women to help them in their craft and disciple them in their Christian walk.
(photo taken from Amazima website)
Please take some time to check out the website. You will find the shop where the paper bead jewelry is sold - you can purchase some for yourself! (The photo at the beginning of this post is from the Amazima jewelry shop and I do not receive anything for promoting this ministry on my blog.) 

On the website, you can find a video of the women making jewelry, information about the organization, photos of the school - and her blog where you can stay updated on what is happening in this wonderful ministry. (When you sign up with your email to receive updates sent directly to your inbox, you will receive a free 25-day devotional to download - Letting Go and Living Full - written by Katie Davis Majors.) And there is more information on how you can help this ministry in other ways. Here's the website:


It's amazing to me that a girl of 18 would go off on her own and want to live in this African country - to give of her whole being to care for orphans living in extreme poverty and danger. She is dedicated. She is willing. She is doing it for the Lord. She's a single girl and these little girls call her mommy. You won't be able to put the book down. You will laugh, you will cry, you will cringe.

I will be reading this book again shortly to refresh my memory of the incredible journey she began and is continuing now with her husband and baby boy. The website announces her second book - Daring to Hope - being released October 3rd! Can't wait to get a copy!  There's a short video clip about it on the website.

Will the example of Katie's life make a difference in your Christian walk? Will you let the Lord speak to you through her experiences to awaken your inner being - to dedicate yourself to the Lord's work - whether it be in your own church, neighborhood, or far away? Will you be able to communicate your faith to others - to those who are without Christ - and to fellow believers? 

When these lovely Ugandan believers get together to sell their necklaces, they spend time sharing testimonies of how the Lord is working in their lives. They pray for each other. The power of their faith in Christ is changing lives in their community.
(photo taken from Amazima website)
I've found that there are believers who cannot even express their faith to other Christians with words of encouragement and exhortation. It's important to be able to do that because we all go through trials - large or small. We all need the kind of Christian fellowship that not only provides fun and relaxation, but is especially soul uplifting. Will Katie's experiences stir your heart? Will you have a saving faith that believes God can do the impossible?

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. 
Hebrews 11:1-3 (NASB)

4 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story, and a wonderful ministry she has!

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  2. check out my latest post - more on Amazima! :-) thanks for your reply, Deborah! :-)

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  3. I have the book, "Kisses From Katie" on my book shelf for a year. Now I'll be sure to take it off and start reading. How wonderful that she has the faith and ability to bring the Gospel to Uganda and adopt 13 children! Thanks for the background of this story and how the jewelry business has been a blessing to this people.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! Glad to hear you have the book. I still need to order her second one. She's one amazing young woman!

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