Several years ago on my first mission trip to Haiti, I fell in love with the Haitian people. I was amazed at how they have so little, yet are so happy and full of a life, energy and hope I had never seen before. On that first trip, I formed lasting and meaningful relationships, saw Jesus work in a powerful way, and a desire was formed deep within my heart to continue taking the love of Jesus to these people that have captured my heart. Now, after graduating from college in May 2014, starting my first job, preparing for my wedding in December 2014, and purchasing our first home, my fiancé, who is now my husband, and I stepped out in faith to answer the call of missions that the Lord has placed on our hearts.
When I began making these bracelets as a way to raise money as a senior in college for our trip to Jacmel, Haiti in August 2014, I had no idea how the Lord would use them or that He would prepare the way for greater things to come of something as simple as wire and a few beads.
As we prepare to return to Haiti in December 2015, each and every bracelet sold makes a difference. Fully funding our trip, Renmen Abonde has grown into something bigger and better than we could have ever imagined.... all because of Jesus!
The mission behind these bracelets is simple: to take the abounding love of Jesus Christ to the Haitian people, to help connect women all across the world, and to help Haitian women provide for their families. Despite cultural, racial or age differences, the truth is that women here are not all that different than women there. By creating a beautiful reminder of the love that binds us together, these bracelets help bridge the gap, allowing people to participate in this mission of taking the Gospel to Haiti by purchasing bracelets whether they are able to physically “go” or not.
The name, “Renmen Abonde,” which is Creole for “love abounds,” came to me after much prayer and research. I wanted the name to be special, different, and something that truly describes the purpose of the mission behind them.
I hope this blog gives you a glimpse into what these bracelets are made of, what they mean, and the potential they have to change lives.
Thank you for sharing the desire to take the love of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Lets do this together.
Let love abound-