The last fifteen years of my life has been marked by seeing lives changed. Not only mine, as I share about in Experiencing Life Transformed, but in dozens and dozens of teenagers over the last decade.
Living in a Christian boarding school setting has offered me a front row seat into the world of witnessing teens transformed, shaped, and refined through stretching circumstances, character-driven-lessons, unavoidable obstacles, and sometimes, unfortunate trials. It isn’t always a pretty picture to see a teen’s world spiral out of control, knowing the pain could have been avoided by following a simply little rule or having a parent be slightly more engaged. However, sometimes, their wrestling against the formalities of life lies in the core of their personality. They are strong. Willed. Determined. And as I’ve seen in my own leader-in-the-making 10 year old daughter, that strength unbridled can be disastrous in the face of authority. Yet, it can also be miraculous, powerful, and an incredible force to be reckoned with when channeled into God’s purposes. That’s the story of Brittany Merrill, a girl I once knew and prayed for with a heart to see her become the women God intended. I knew her when her potential shined from within, even though her heart for Lord wasn’t yet formed.
Watch this video to see how her first steps of faith fueled by her God-given strength began to make an incredible difference in this world…
We’re Partnering with Akola
More to Be is delighted to begin a partnership with the Ugandan American Partnership Organization (UAPO) through directly supporting The Akola Project, a non-profit enterprise in Uganda, East Africa that trains, empowers, and equips over 200 women to uplift the lives of their families and communities through income generating crafts. Our support of The Akola Project will come through a variety of ways. We will be tithing to the UAPO as well as promoting Akolaat speaking events and giveaways. It is our desire to come along the work of the UAPO to make their goals a reality.
“The UAPO trains Akola women in bead making, facilitates their business on the ground, and creates designs that sell in US and Ugandan markets. Jewelry sales equip the women with monthly income to provide food, medical care, and education for their families. The women use additional income to create small businesses such as chicken coups and piggeries. All sales revenues are returned to the project to form new women’s cooperatives and establish development programs to benefit the community. Funds from Akola Project donations go towards developing vocational training centers and clean water wells throughout Uganda.”
You Can Partner with Akola
There are many opportunities for you to partner with through hosting trunk parties at your home, starting a campus club, or purchasing directly through their online store. Visit their site to learn more, http://akolaproject.org/. Be sure to let Akola know that More to Be sent you their way!
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…an Akola giveaway will be happening next month and you don’t want to miss it…
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