Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Vi Bella Means Beautiful Life

This week, Holley Gerth’s God-sized dream team is sharing about our favorite nonprofit organizations. Why? They are God-sized dreams in action.

If I’d been asked this a month ago, I wouldn’t have had an answer. There are nonprofits I support and ones I think are important and needed, but one that moves me…I couldn’t name one. And then I attended the Jumping Tandem Retreat and was introduced to Vi Bella.
Vi Bella means “beautiful life”. We chose the name because it is our aim to help women live the beautiful life that God intends for them. ~ Vi Bella 
Vi Bella founder Julie Hulstein told her story of how a mission trip to Haiti in June 2010 turned into a God-sized dream to help women there living in poverty, unable to feed their children, with no jobs to be found.

She described “mudpies”—small cakes made of mud, seasoning, and fillers—baked, and fed to the children. Mudpies give the stomach a sense of being full, but provide no nutritional value.

With the abundance of food we have to choose from, it’s hard to fathom having to feed my daughter mud to stop the hunger pains.

Julie expressed coming back with the feeling that she had to do something to help…and Vi Bella was born.
We started Vi Bella solely to provide jobs for women who were living in extreme poverty in a country where employment is scarce at best. We felt that by providing women with good-paying jobs in safe, encouraging work environments, we could help sustain positive, long lasting change in a way that gives women the dignity of helping themselves and their families. "Sharing the love of Christ by providing life-changing jobs for at-risk women" is still our mission statement, and our main goal. ~ Vi Bella
Vi Bella now employs women in Haiti, Mexico, and the United States—women who needed employment opportunities or a second chance in life…women who stand taller now because they have a sense of purpose and a way to provide for themselves and their families.
Vi Bella jewelry spreads love and fellowship across cultures by providing a sense of purpose that rejuvenates once-tattered lives. You’re not just collecting a piece of Vi Bella, you’re helping create a beautiful life.
“I came that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John10:10b NIV

A month ago, I didn’t have a nonprofit organization to speak about, now I have one that has captured my heart. Please visit Vi Bella at www.vibellajewelry.com to read more of the story and to learn about the artists, the jewelry made from recycled materials, and how Vi Bella gives back to their artists’ communities.

To help in the small way that I can, I am hosting an online Vi Bella party. It’s going on now—from Tuesday, May 14—Thursday, May 23.

To view their beautiful jewelry, click here: Vi Bella Jewelry

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Do you have a nonprofit near and dear to your heart?

In Christ,

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  1. Ohhhh, I love this challenge from Holly. I always like to hear about the kinds of organizations which capture the hearts of loyal supporters.

  2. Dear Laura
    What a wonderful organization! Yes, it is heartbreaking to think that a mom is so desperate that she feeds her children mud because she has nothing else. Thanks for sharing your new friend.

  3. Thanks for sharing the story of Vi Bella. I love hearing about women who are being given a hand up to help themselves live better, healthier and more beautiful lives!

  4. Cartwheels! Confetti! Loud music! Chocolate Cake!

    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

    That's what I'm feeling on the inside -- like a party -- because you chose to highlight ViBella, from all of the nonprofits out there.

    As a woman who has visited these artists, and who has met their families and visited their homes, I want you to know that what you're doing here today makes such a difference, Laura. Such.A.Difference. So grateful for you.

    Love, Jennifer

    1. Oh Jennifer, you make me smile! Thank you for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging comment.

      I hope that at the very least, the Vi Bella name and story will get out there and become better known. It's such an inspiring story and just makes me want to help in the small way that I can. And of course, the jewelry is beautiful!

      Mmmmm, chocolate cake sounds good now!

  5. YAY! ViBella! I am smitten with them, it's true. And with the entire crew of women who work and who serve. What a thrill to see them highlighted here!

  6. My favorite non-profit in this season is Manna House, a local food/clothing place for the homeless and needy. We get to volunteer there often and are always, always touched by God's generosity that we see and get to hand out.

  7. I love how Holly has asked others to share about a not-for-profit. What a wonderful way to bring awareness to organizations that have touched others hearts. I'm a military family so most of our support goes towards military efforts, but you have inspired me to check out ViBella. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings, Beth

  8. This sounds like a blessing. Thanks for linking up this week at WholeHearted Home.


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