Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11

Monday, November 18, 2013

House Update and Clean Water for Francisca's Family!!! {James 1:27 Project}

Friends, we are so excited to share some happy news we got this weekend! 

For those of you who have just joined us on our Orange Bird adventure, I will quickly recap what we have been doing...

We became aware of The James 1:27 Project and specifically a woman in Kenya, named Francesca (which we recently discovered is spelled Francisca...one of those lost in translation things!) Anyway, she is a widow with HIV and a mother to 3 boys, the youngest of which is also HIV positive. She was shunned by her husband's family after his death and lost her home and property. She and the boys were forced to live in a 10' x 12' mud hut with no close access to water. 

The Lord laid this woman, her sons and her need for an adequate shelter on our hearts. The folks from The James 1:27 Project (including Birdie's Dad!) saw the situation first hand and made a plan for expanding her home.

It seemed impossible with only a little online shop and handmade goodies to accomplish funding such a big project, but as we found out...God does His best work when we put one foot in front of the other and simply obey. With Him all things are possible!

We were able, with the help of our customers and supporters, to raise the money and we watched from the other side of the globe, via email as Francisca's house went from a tiny mud shack....

to a larger house structure...

to a mud house with a metal roof.

As the builders were working on her home, another need became apparent. They needed access to clean water. They were having to walk a half a mile to get to a water source and then carrying the water back in a jug. They needed a water cistern system to catch and store rain water. So, we were on to a new mission! This time, we were helped by a girl, named Callie. She loves to make necklaces and loved the idea of crafting with a purpose!! {Our kind of gal!!} Her mom, Heather, who has been a great cheerleader for us in our Orange Bird efforts, suggested we partner up and Callie got to work crafting and selling her jewelry! Her contribution towards the water cistern project made a significant dent in our goal and we made up the rest with profits from The Orange Bird Shop! 

This past weekend, we received an email with some great pictures! One of these water cisterns was for Francisca's family!! 

Here is the tank in front of her house...which is no longer a mud hut, but has been finished out with stucco and a cement entry porch!!!!

Friends, I cannot tell you how humbled Birdie and I feel to be a part of something so life changing for this family. I mean...just blown away. And if you bought anything in our store, you should know that you, also, played a part in this family's new home and access to clean water!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

This is my one of my favorite text conversations Birdie and I have ever had...

God allowing us to play a part in expressing HIS love to others is just about more blessing than we can handle sometimes! What a privilege!!!!

This Christmas season, we are continuing out support of The James 1:27 Project. If you purchase anything in our shop, all the profits go towards truly life changing things!! Let's work together to accomplish some big things for other people!!


  1. Incredible! Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow! And I praise Him for godly daughters (and their friends) who seek to show His love and care to those in need. I am blessed!

  2. Awesome, y'all! High-five! For being God's instruments (you didn't have to ;)

  3. Great job man! Thank heavens for God's unwavering grace.