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marjoriemillerby Marjorie Miller

Hello, if you don't already know by now, as millions surely already do, my name is Marjorie. People know me as a bead jewelry designer with an obsessive penchant for gemstones, pearls, more gemstones, more pearls, even more gemstones and even more pearls, and, of course, all the other stuff, like chain, wire, sterling silver, and you know what else, I don't have to tell you. And if you have heard that I spend more time on the internet than God, well, you might be right. I am always on the lookout for the next great thing in jewelry. It could be yours. (Actually, it should be mine, but you know me....) I hang out at Land of Odds (www.landofodds.com), and you can reach me there anytime. Point my nose in the right direction -- jewelry on-line that people will want to talk about. And, darling, you better believe this is my real nose. The jewelry ain't fake either. Let me take your hand, and guide your eye to see the treasures I have found ....

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LIGHT GIVES HEAT
http://www.lightgivesheat.org/lgh/index.html


Light Gives Heat what an interesting thought, and what a set of substantial lyrics from Jars of Clay. Light Gives Heat is also an wonderful website for handmade paper bead jewelry made by Suubi women in Uganda. The story behind Light Gives Heat is awe inspiring. We should all have so much heart and love in us to Live Life BOLDLY and to think outside of ourselves. Now Light Gives Heat, can I buy those handmade paper beads to create my own designs and donate to your wonderful empowering foundation?

Empowering Africans through the encouragement of economic sustainability and creative endeavors. Motivating people in the West to “be the change they want to see in the world.”

ion:

To see Africa rebuilt and renewed from the inside out and to see people in the West living with Hope.

Mission:

Empowering Africans through the encouragement of economic sustainability and creative endeavors. Motivating people in the West to “be the change they want to see in the world.”

Vision:

To see Africa rebuilt and renewed from the inside out and to see people in the West living with Hope.

Our Past:

The story of Light Gives Heat (LGH) actually begins as an adoption story. As a 27-year-old and a 26-year-old, sometimes we (Dave & Morgan) can’t believe this is our life. Who knew that our family's quest to find our daughter would be so life changing? In December of 2005 our family began the process of adopting from Uganda, Africa. During our time of waiting our hearts and minds began to be drawn to the beautiful and mysterious continent from which we would soon have a child. We channeled our efforts into promotion and fundraising for Invisible Children and they are one of the inspirations in beginning LGH (thanks IC). On a single day when we hit a roadblock with the adoption we made what most on-lookers saw as a brash decision – we would start a non-profit benefiting Africans and leave our job, our friends/family, and the home we owned to move with our 2-year-old son to Uganda for 6 months. LGH was birthed and in June 2007 we left for Africa – living out our family motto of not living in fear or regret.

We knew when we got to Uganda we wanted to be enablers and listeners and to not be presumptuous of Africa’s “needs” or “problems.” So we began with a blank slate and open ears. Some people called us crazy and foolish and others encouraged us, but we just felt something stirring and prompting and knew that if we didn’t listen we would regret it later. We decided as a family that we would rather take a risk and err on the side of failure and bad judgment then to live with “what-ifs.” A month into our stay we also began the Suubi (hope) project (www.suubiafrica.org) – our response to the situation of displaced Acholi women from war-torn Northern Uganda. While in Uganda we also went to court and were granted custody of our daughter – Jadyn Suubi, who recently turned 2 and is home with us in Colorado. Just our crazy adventure we wanted to share with you to encourage others to live life boldly, respond to needs, live with hope, and think outside of themselves. For us it is all about the beautiful people we met and lived alongside and the ways that we were loved and shown a hope that doesn’t make sense – a hope that has changed everything!

At the core, we at Light Gives Heat (LGH) are a group twenty-something’s desiring to live differently and get creative with the ways we can help embrace and empower Africans to help themselves through sustainable economic development. Right now our main focus is the Suubi (hope) project in the villages of Walukuba/Danita.

The 125+ women of Suubi (representing 900 immediate family members) are amazing, generous, beautiful, and courageous. They all have a story that will bring tears and inspire the listener to live with more hope - they are the true heroes. Light Gives Heat is merely a vessel - an agent allowing them to help themselves by the buying and reselling of their beautifully handcrafted paper beaded jewelry here in America. With interns and volunteers on the ground in Uganda we are currently buying over 850 necklaces each week at triple their usual profit – providing a fair and consistent income where there was once none. We also help facilitate weekly Literacy and English classes for the women and encourage our volunteers to love on the women and spend time with them doing the daily chores of cooking, washing clothes, or even rolling beads. Whatever form love needs to take, we want to be in the mix of it.

And just as important are Westerners – not just a means to an end, but an end in themselves. We are in need of an opportunity to look outside of ourselves, to see that our neighbors are also the people halfway across the world. At the end of the day it is not an ‘us over them’ situation, at LGH we truly view our relationship with the Suubi women as level and reciprocal. We can offer them our resources and time, but they offer us love, perspective, and hope! Really, it is all about hope - we are in need of realizing that hope is a daily choice and our encounters with the women of Suubi have changed us forever. We have been shown a hope that doesn’t make sense, a hope that has changed everything!

There are big dreams and ideas brewing for future projects and innovative ways to help with sustainable incomes. We have met, seen, and read about so many beautiful people– people that have challenged us. And we truly believe this is just the beginning! Keep checking back.

We are into giving credit where credit is due. The name Light Gives Heat comes from a song written by Jars of Clay. The lyrics are below, but the basic message is that it has become commonplace for Westerners to show up in African countries with ‘solutions’ to their ‘problems.’ Without knowing faces or names, we make assumptions and jump to conclusions.

But what if we were different? What if we were listeners instead of simply doers and what if we took a back seat to what is already being stirred in local people’s hearts and souls? What if we let their light shine? We have a feeling that if that were the case, their light would spread like wild fire – spreading hope from the inside out.

Jars Of Clay - Light Gives Heat Lyrics

Catch the rain empty hands Save the children from their lands Wash the darkness from their skin Heroes from the west We don't know you, we know best This is not a test

You treat me like I'm blind Setting fires around houses on the hill But light gives heat You segregate my mind Burning crosses from your fears The light gives heat

It's not the way to light their way Boys in holes in empty fields Oh, how good it feels Lower-class, and understate Empty promise, empty plate

You treat me like I'm blind Setting fires around houses on the hill Light gives heat You segregate my mind Burning crosses from your fears, your fears But light gives heat, gives heat

You treat me like I'm blind Setting fires around houses on the hill Light gives heat You segregate my mind Burning crosses from your fears But light gives heat

Will you teach us how to love? To see the things you see Walk the road you walked Feel the pain that you feel At your feet I kneel, I want to see you shine See your light not mine 'Cause light gives heat Your light gives heat

light gives heat 2 (2)Light Gives Heat Necklace 2:

newsy: (adj) full of news; informative. That's just what you'll get with this choker since it's made from recycled journal articles, magazines, and newspapers. No shades of gray here - just chic black and white! Our most neutral necklace. All the taste of the Classic without the Flavours (does that even make sense?)! You won't be disappointed and we guarantee someone will ask you "are those made of shells?" To which you can share the Suubi story of HOPE! ~ Created with versatility in mind - made to be worn long, doubled, tripled as choker, or as a chunky bracelet. But don't stop there - we've seen it worn single and tied in a knot, put in the hair, or made into a belt (you can link several necklaces together with the barrel clasps) - so get creative! ~ Each Suubi necklace is 100% unique - hand-crafted by the Suubi women in Uganda and made of recycled paper.

light-gives-heat-1-1-21Light Gives Heat Necklace 1:

Spice it up! What better way to say 'Amari' ('I LOVE you' in Acholi - the language of the Suubi women) than with a pink Suubi necklace? Bright pink at that! And the length is perfect - our first medium-length necklace. So don't wait...and remember it's okay to show yourself LOVE too! ~ Limited Edition/February 2009/Length: 24 inches from clasp to clasp ~ THE SCOOP ON FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH: Each month a new (and unique) necklace is introduced in limited supply. Once they are sold out, they will not be reproduced unless you really twist our arms... and depending on whether or not the paper in Uganda is still available. ~ Each Suubi necklace is 100% unique - hand-crafted by the Suubi women in Uganda and made of recycled paper.


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