*Congratulations to random winner, Funky Fish participant Tracy Bell! Congrats on winning the beautiful Go Love Big bracelet created exclusively for my readers!
I’m so excited to throw a big, crazy giveaway with one of my favorite mission-hearted friends, Dawn Patterson! She makes stunning jewelry and always with a cause! I’ve had the honor of giving away a few of her creations over the past few years. We are partnering to bring awareness to her new blog, www.gendauganda.blogspot.com and beautiful jewelry at her blog, www.funkyfishdesigns.com. She is crazy for missions and orphan care! In fact, last week she was stung by a sting ray and was back on the beach a few hours later. She described the pain (pretty darn close) to childbirth. This sister IS crazy! She created this custom, one-of-a-kind, funky Go. Love. Big. bracelet just for my readers! I’m so honored to share her story.
Dawn shares….Funky Fish was born out of a lifetime love of jewelry. Although I had always loved making jewelry, it wasn’t until I became a believer in 2003 that I considered doing it as a business. I used to think it was my desire for Funky Fish to be more of a ministry than a business but looking back, I believe that it was God that planted that seed.
The first time I became aware of the reality of the orphan crisis in November 2009, I simply asked God to show me what I could make with my hands to help these children. I felt God pressing on my heart that my business wasn’t about making money…it was about raising awareness for the least of these. So that’s what I started doing….using the gifts God gave me to raise awareness AND funds to help support ministries that cared for the least of these.
There is a wonderful song in Veggie Tales “Lord of the Bean” where Toto Baggypants sings about know what the gift he had been given was for. To have a gift is a wonderful thing. Your spirits will lift and your heart will sing. Though some might use it to live like a king, I finally know what it’s for.” When I heard that song, I felt my like my heart screamed. I knew what my gift was and I knew it was meant to be given away. My husband gets a great chuckle out of that moment and he said recently “take a woman of simple, yet obedient faith and give her the theology of Veggie Tales and look out world.” I don’t know about the look out world part by I do believe that obedience IS the blessing and I thank God daily that He allows me to do the one thing I know He created me to do…..create.
Besides Funky Fish, we have some exciting things happening in our lives that we’d love to share with ya’ll. If you want to follow our journey, visit www.gendauganda.blogspot.com.
If you want to WIN this stunning bracelet Go. Love. Big. you need to:
- Follow the craziness on my facebook page, twitter, and instagram. You can also add my new blog button located on the bottom of the site. (you pick- 1 entry) Share with your friends!
- Follow Dawn Patterson’s funky fish facebook page here. You can add her Funky Fish button to your blog here and earn a bonus entry. She’s beginning a brand new adventure and you don’t want to miss it! (1 bonus entry)
- Leave a comment and let me know what you did to enter and how many entries you earned (max 2 entries daily) You can enter 1x per day –> Giveaway ends on Sunday, August 25th at midnight. Don’t forget to check back [here], I will randomly select a winner and announce with an updated post on Monday.