We love seeing Karama in the eyes of newcomers, much the way gift recipients see Karama as they unwrap their handmade gifts this Christmas. Jeni McAndrews jumped into our swirl of good this summer.  She beautifully shares her regard for Karama, as she reminds each of us the importance of furthering God's kingdom in daily living in her blog, Finding Rest

Winter begins tomorrow and our eyes are focused on summer... camp, that is!  Today, our guest blogger shares the connection between Karama and Young Life camp – "the best week of your life".

Summer camp! Remember it? Remember that nervous excitement before you left? Coming home exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time, hungry, yet filled? My girls are at that age now. As teens their need for experience is great, but their need for guidance is greater. That’s why we love YoungLife Camp. Campers are encouraged, entertained, and filled with the Spirit in a way that is completely suited for them. Some of their strongest friendships were forged at camp. Encouraging mentors still keep in touch with them, guiding them in their walk. It’s touted, “The Best Week of Your Life,” and for many it absolutely is. Camp is for all kids. That includes African kids.

Africa is a country rapped with poverty. Her landscape is rich, while her people lack. And yet, they thrive. Enter Karama Collection. Karama has given them opportunity. Karama has given them hope. Partnering with 27 artisans in six different countries, Karama is impacting Africa socially and economically. These artisans create beauty from recycled metals, sew leather into gorgeous bags, and use centuries old technique to dye linens. Because of Karama’s commitment to Young Life Africa, they are impacting Africa ETERNALLY. A portion of sales is dedicated to sending African youth to YoungLife camp! Generations of Africans will be changed because of the good work Karama is doing. Proverbs 22:6 tells us, “Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it.” This is where that path begins for many of them. This legacy will change nations.

I was introduced to this amazing company while attending She Speaks this summer. Drawn to the stunning textiles and the unique jewelry, I browsed around making my mental wishlist. I connected with a lovely woman from my home state who shared with me the mission of Karama, and I felt immediately connected to these people: unlikely choices, chosen to further the kingdom with their gifts. Their stories are woven into the fabrics they create, hammered into the metals of their pieces. The necklace I am wearing is called The Floating Necklace. It’s light and versatile. The diamond floats on the delicate chain, resting nicely at my collar. I love it on its own, but also layered with some of my other Karama favorites.

Find these items at  Karama Collection . Photos by Jennifer Collier Photography.

Find these items at Karama Collection. Photos by Jennifer Collier Photography.

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