Fair trade wares, coffee with love, and a baby on the way…

In the short time that I have been blogging, I have “met” some pretty amazing people.  Although I’ve yet to have the opportunity to lay eyes on them, I do consider them to be a wonderful part of my life.  There are a few of those fellow blogger buddies for whom I have been especially grateful as we have walked together through quite a bit of Lysa TerKeurst’s book Made to Crave via Mary Kathryn’s blog.

I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce to you one of them.  Her name is Elora.  She is married to Russ, who is as she puts it “the one who flutters her pulse.”  They have a son, Devonte…and as God would have it, they have are in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia.

I was unaware as to how costly adoption fees can be.  They are quite expensive – anywhere from $9000 to as much as $20,000 or more.  There cannot however be a value placed on how precious it will be to have this orphaned child nestled into the home and hearts of a loving, Godly family. 

WE have an opportunity here as the body of Christ.  First and foremost, we must cover this family with our prayers.  Lift them up by name to the Throne of Grace. 

But we also have a chance to pitch in and help. 

For the rest of this week, through February 12, 2011, Russ and Elora are hosting a trunk show through Noonday Collection.  This site’s sole purpose is to bring income to impoverished countries by selling jewelry, scarves, and gift items made by artisans in those countries and help fund adoptions.  So through February 12, for every purchase you make from Noonday, 10% will go to Russ and Elora’s adoption fund.  Just be sure when you check out that you enter Elora Ramirez in the “instructions to merchant” section of the online shopping cart.  I placed an order today and can’t wait for my earrings to arrive!!

And for my coffee drinking friends, here’s another option.  Check out their page at the Just Love Coffee store and pick up some yummy fair-trade coffee.  A portion of the proceeds from your purchase there will also go towards the adoption fund. 

Bottom line?  We can help a family get one step closer to bringing their child home and at the same time get some pretty nice stuff.  To me, this is a win-win.

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