Hermanas en Cristo is a group of women that love Jesus, and also make jewelry.
This group is actually a combination of two groups that I have been working with while living here. I had a group of women that made crafts once a week, and a small group that we formed about 2 years ago to study the bible. We finally joined the two together for convenience. What started with about 10 women is up to 32 now.
God has been working in this group in amazing ways! We have women that are not (yet) Christ followers, who are now reading their Bibles regularly. We have women who were not Christ followers before, but are now. They attend church and are growing their relationship with God daily. We have women who accepted Christ as young women who are reading the Bible with new eyes, have a new found excitement for His word, and are sharing it with the next generation. It has been a true blessing and joy to experience all of this with them. Some of the concepts/books that we have studied over the past year are: fruits of the spirit, the book of Hosea, the book of Ruth, and we are currently studying the book of Esther. It is a delight to see them enthusiastic about studying the Bible and excited as they see the Word come alive. When I am in conversation with them about their life, and they reference a theme or a lesson that they learned in one of our studies, my heart leaps. To see them applying God’s truths to their lives is incredible!
We often talk about how our ladies are special and are held to a higher standard by being part of our group. We talk about how we are examples to everyone about what God’s love looks like in walking, human form, and that it is a blessing and a responsibility. These women have taught me more about love than I could ever teach them, and I KNOW that they have taught this community the same thing!
The ladies also work together to make insanely beautiful jewelry from paper! It is so wonderful to see the pride they take in their work. The money that they make from their jewelry is used to help support their families, provide money for medical care, help purchase building supplies for their homes, and so many other uses. They are not receiving a handout. They are a self-supported group, and they take great ownership and pride in that. Because they feel empowered, their confidence and self-esteem has soared. I, seriously, cannot believe how God has used paper beads to teach SO much.
I am proud to announce that their paper bead jewelry will now be used to offer scholarships to the women and their daughters in the group. The World Bank did a study in which they learned that the way to break the cycle of poverty is through the women in a community. Men, in poverty, will use their money on other things, such as cars, drugs, alcohol, or other women. Women, on the other hand, will put 90% of their income back into their families. By educating women, you are empowering them to make better choices for their family and their community, and they will teach their children to do better as well.
So, that is what we are going to do with our little group of God loving women and our paper bead jewelry …
WE ARE GOING TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN OUR COMMUNITY!
10% of all sales go into a university scholarship funds!!!
We will have a few of our first candidates starting college in JANUARY!!!
If you would like to support these ladies in their endeavor to change their community and bring the gospel to others, you can purchase their jewelry from our Facebook page, Hermanas en Cristo, or Instagram at hermanas_en_cristo.
Coming soon: Hermanas en Cristo etsy shop!!!
If you would like to make a tax-free donation to our scholarship fund, you can do so by clicking the donate button to the right of the page —->
Over the next few months, I want to introduce you to the faces of Hermanas en Cristo…