I've been a little bummed by the fact that the Olympics are taking place in a country with one of the worst records of human rights violations in the world. It seems inappropriate to throw a big, happy party on Chinese soil where so many men, women and children have been tortured, killed, and deprived of basic freedoms. That aside, I will still be watching our American athletes with hope and delight. And praying that these Olympics will shed some light on the tragedy so that the world can respond.
In the midst of my frustrated contemplation this week, I met a woman who shares my concern for the Chinese people. But she takes her love to the next level by using her God-given talents to give them new hope and new life.
Sue is an artist I recently met on Etsy. When she was a little girl, she dreamed of being a missionary. Today she is a mother and crafter with the heart of a missionary. She makes many beautiful works of art and among them are oriental silk handbags.
All profits from these bags go to the mission fields in China. Take a peek at her shop to see many other beautiful treasures. She is a sewer, sculptor, bead artist...I'm sure I'll discover more as time goes on.
Sue also suffers from Myasthenia Gravis, which is a neuromuscular, auto-immune disease. Her illness put a kink in her plans but not in her heart. She began to use the talents that she had always enjoyed in new ways and the fruits of her efforts can be seen in the work she sells.
We've all heard the saying, "When life gives you lemons...Make lemonade!" Sue has not only taken up her own lemons but that of others in the world who suffer...And makes some mighty sweet strides! Thanks be to God!