Headed to Rwanda- Want to Come? #StyleforJustice

May 14, 2014

Several years ago as we were in the adoption process in Rwanda I met Jessica Honegger. She was spunky and passionate and committed to spending her life for the good of others. Within a few months we both had our boys home and we both had launched full throttle into our passions turned full time ministry and career. The chaos of all of the blessing has bonded us deep.

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Jack Honegger with Coop: Home in Austin from the same orphanage in Rwanda

A few months ago Jessica called me excitedly dreaming about a trip with some of our favorite people to our absolute favorite place.

July 11th me and a host of incredible friends and storytellers are headed to Rwanda to tell the stories of strong amazing women who are working themselves and their families out of poverty.

And the BEST PART…YOU COULD COME!!!

Noonday is offering the opportunity to include someone we may not yet know to come with us! Tell us why YOU want to join us in winning people’s hearts to chase a global vision of economic empowerment and justice, and you could win a spot on our team!

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Enter- come with us!! Do it! Meet the women behind our #StyleForJustice Story Trip. These women are changing the conversations of their generation through their blogs, leadership, social advocacy, and unique voices. Each of them will use their art to win your heart to chase a global vision of economic empowerment and justice.

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About IJM:

International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. The largest non-profit organization of its kind, IJM combats slavery, sex trafficking, property grabbing, police abuse of power and sexual violence, working in nearly 20 communities throughout South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. www.IJM.org
About Noonday Collection:
Noonday Collection uses fashion and design to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. Noonday Collection’s first trunk show was hosted by founder, Jessica Honegger, as a means to raise money for her Rwandan son’s adoption. The style and purpose of the products drew an overwhelming response and quickly grew beyond a fundraiser into a thriving business. Over 500 Ambassadors across the nation have now launched their own Noonday businesses enabling them to earn an income while empowering the vulnerable to rise out of poverty.

This is the perfect combination of so many passions for me…. Friends+Women helping women+Rwanda+ Noonday+IJM!

What would be the perfect combo of your passions? Share in the comments and let us know if you enter the competition!

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28 Responses to “Headed to Rwanda- Want to Come? #StyleforJustice”

  1. I was seven the first time I wrote about Africa. It was the seventies-a Google-less wasteland- and I was armed with only a pencil, a World Book Encyclopedia, and a Mutual of Omaha understanding of Africa. I wrote about a girl running from a monkey while carrying water on her head. It was all very harrowing and spectacularly unspectacular. It was my first African story. For reasons I still cannot understand, I’ve obsessed over Africa as long as I’ve had memories, and I’ve always planned to go.

    In high school I dreamed of being the next Dian Fossey living among the gorillas in Rwanda. I teach high school now, so it’s sort of the same thing, only with better dental care and a more reliable internet connection. In college I dreamed of becoming a doctor and living in Kenya. And adulthood has brought the dreams of serving mothers.

    I won’t lie. Life distracted me from those African dreams of my childhood. I became caught up in young love, John Hughes movies, and a decade of bad fashion. I lost my way. Parachute pants will do that to a person.

    Where I found myself all these years later is raising my three children, two dogs, and one husband while teaching high school English.

    Why? Because I love stories. And I don’t love the sight of blood or organs, which turns out, is a deal-breaker in the medical field. My friend Ariel says that story is the shortest distance to the human heart, and she’s right. If you want to help people, tell their stories.

    I want to go to Rwanda so I can tell the stories of the women I meet. Then we can all pass those stories to others and relationships can be birthed and families can be healed. That’s how we’ll close the gap of poverty- stories and relationships.

    Help me. Send me to Rwanda so I can meet the women who are working to end poverty in their country. Let me tell you their stories and show you their world. Then we can use our resources and our voices to empower them.

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  2. I would continue to write children’s books advocating for social justice. I self-published one called “I Walk For Water” about a boy I met in Ethiopia for our adoption. I thought I heard God wrong when the printer said a first run was 1,000 copies that I had to pay for up front!!!! He sold them all and watching kids all over the country get passion-filled about clean water and raising money for wells rocks my world! I was at IF:Austin this last February and knew that things were changing in my life. I drove home that Saturday and tragically lost my baby brother to depression on Sunday. Walking this road and blogging about depression has had so many people tell me their personal struggles and I am honored.
    Just entered the contest to travel to Rwanda because so many people have held me up during some of the deepest pits in my life and it’s time love it forward.

    http://www.noondaycollection.com/styleforjustice#view/23056/2106431

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  3. I love that you are doing this! I deeply wish I could enter the contest, but will be a large 7 1/2 months pregnant at the time of the trip, so this will not be the time to enter this contest for me! Excited to see wold’s connect and collide and stories be told through this trip!

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  4. Amber Perona

    The night I entered the contest I didn’t sleep one bit. The next day at work I was so excited couldn’t concentrate and the only things I felt like were coming out of my mouth was a combo of, vote for me, #styleforjustice, I’m so excited, this is the trip for me, God is good. Haha!

    For me, the perfect combo of passions would be: saving the orphans + Charity Water + empowering women + friends + IJM + baked goods. ;)

    Love this opportunity!!!

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  5. You asked for our stories, so here you go.

    My relationship with Rwanda began in 1993, when my French class began corresponding with pen pals. I received four letters from Paul before our snail mail relationship abruptly ended. The students at my private school in OK were acutely aware of the events that took place beginning in the spring of 1994. While the headlines were dominated by the O.J. Simpson trial during the aftermath of the genocide, I longed to find a way to stop the madness.

    Fast-forward to 2003—after spending two or three weeks a year throughout my teen/college years traveling with mission teams to Mexico, Jamaica, Honduras, and Belize, I still felt Africa calling. Thanks to connections through my dad’s non-profit (4-him.net) in January of 2003, I hopped a plane to Freetown, Sierra Leone, a country still in the midst of bloody civil war and joined Mercy Ships, as they traveled down the coast of West Africa providing life-saving surgeries for thousands.

    After returning from my five-month stint with Mercy Ships, I got married to my Air Force pilot, birthed two of the smartesthandsomestfunniest humans to ever walk the earth, trained a boy puppy to not poo in the house, and bought eighteen chickens to balance out the estrogen levels in our family.

    In the meantime, I started blogging for sanity and homeschooling because I’m not actually sane. I am one part of the dynamic duo that runs Somebody’s Mama (a project of 4H.I.M.) that exists to bring awareness to issues affecting women across the globe, to create a community of people who care deeply about finding real solutions, and to turn ideas into action. We’ve built a placenta pit in Uganda, bought sewing machines in Togo, supported rural mamas in Costa Rica, and we are currently raising $10,000 to build a maternity unit in Makeni, Sierra Leone. We’re inspired by Bob who told us to “Love God, love people, and do stuff.”

    My 33-year-old military spouse/mama of two/women-empowering heart is the same heart of that 14-year-old with a Rwandan pen pal. Let’s do this.

    http://www.noondaycollection.com/styleforjustice#view/23056/2105795

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  6. I have loved the work of IJM for years! I started advocated against slavery and sex trafficking in my early teens, and have been supporting IJM in their effort to fight social injustice.

    I truly love what Noonday Collection is doing, and their work in alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship!! I love empowering the poor, and enriching them with skills that will enable them to provide for themselves and their loved ones.

    I also greatly support small businesses and entrepreneurs who use fair trade products and support or donate funds to organizations that stand up for the oppressed.

    IJM + Noonday + creativity + like-minded individuals + photography + hope is an ideal combination to me! And it looks like all that is encased in this fantastic trip to Rwanda with IJM and Noonday.

    I have entered the contest, and would love to be the hands and feet to a country that so needs to hear truth and to know hope. And plus it would be AWESOME to meet you!
    >> http://www.noondaycollection.com/styleforjustice#view/23056/2106024

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  7. I’m writing to invite your blog to join the new Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²). If you’d like details, please email me. Thanks.

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  8. Nicole

    Hi Jennie- I know you and the other panelists are making your final decisions about the Top 3 this weekend. Meredith Mayo’s friends and family have created this Facebook group (Advocates for Mere) to attempt to capture the some of the MANY reasons Meredith would be an amazing addition to the group going to Rwanda. I hope you check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1419648674980920/

    And safe travels to Rwanda!!

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