This Saturday Noonday Collection will be at our 3rd Together for Adoption Conference in Winston Salem, NC. T4A is near and dear to our hearts since it is where Noonday Collection first debuted! The heart of our company has always been tied to adoption – Noonday was launched to help bring Jack home from Rwanda to Jessica and the Honeggers.
Our Ambassadors Brandi Mendenhall and Kristin Harvey will have a table at Together for Adoption this weekend in Winston Salem. We asked these two world changing women what caused them to connect with the Noonday story.
NC: Brandi, how did we find you?
Brandi: I was reading one of my favorite parenting blogs and saw a giveaway for some awesome earrings. I clicked through, landed on Noonday Collection’s site and was captivated by the accessories. “Jewelry” is my love language. But even more than the swanky earrings that drew me in, I couldn't escape the words in lovely script from Isaiah 58 at the top of each page “When you satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your night will become like the noonday.”
NC: Brandi, what made you decide to become an Ambassador?
Brandi: JEWELRY IS MY LOVE LANGUAGE! And on top of that - after 6 months of somewhat stalking the Noonday Collection site - I learned how Noonday is advocating for the oppressed by paying a living wage for every single piece that is for sale. I had been touched by adoptive families and their lives at my adoption-advocating church. I was praying that I could DO SOMETHING. To make my life count. And I just couldn't (and God wouldn't) let this opportunity pass me by. In January, I stepped out and joined as an Ambassador!
NC: Kristin, how have you been tied into Noonday Collection’s fashion + orphan care?
Kristin: I actually had a distinct moment when reading James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” I was familiar with the verse since I grew up as a child of missionaries, a Christian at 4, going to Christian schools and being in more Bible studies that I can count. But this time the words stirred my soul, spoke directly to me and caused a longing in my heart I couldn’t explain.
Every time I turned on the TV or radio or read a blog I heard something about orphans. My church even sponsored an adoption conference and called it the “Pure Religion” conference. I was so confused. For the first time I felt that somehow I was called to help orphans. The confusing part was I didn’t feel led to adopt. My heart was breaking for children whose eyes I had never looked into, whose hands I had never held, whose cries I had never comforted. I am humbled and amazed by those families who adopt. Right now, I believe my role is to support those families and to help those orphans who are unable to be adopted for whatever reason. In January of this year, I took the plunge to become an Ambassador with Noonday Collection.
NC: Can you all share how going to a trunk show can help with adoption and orphan care?
By selling our gorgeous handcrafted products, we are offering sustainable income opportunities for families in India, Uganda and Guatemala, allowing them to provide food, clothing and education for their children. When they are able to provide for their children, one less child will become an orphan. Also, local adopting families can keep 10% of their Noonday trunk show’s sales -in cash- for their adoption.
Come see our spring line this Saturday, talk to us about your adoption process, or ask us about becoming an Ambassador. We can’t wait!