Who We Are and What We Do
Our Core Values
Prayer – We cling tightly to the Word of God and acknowledge that nothing comes to us without His power and provision as we focus on turning all needs, desires and decisions over to Him through prayer and fasting.
Spiritual Growth – We provide Biblical based teaching- holding out the opportunity to know God, deepen faith in Him, and sow seeds to foster understanding of what it means to live out a Biblical faith everyday in all areas of life.
Grace – We give more than deserved to those around us with whom we interact out of a love and understanding of Jesus Christ and what He did for us.
Hope – We encourage one another in all phases of life, teaching that there is no guarantee of immunity from harm but a conviction that God is always present.
Justice – We foster a ‘thinking of others’ not a ‘just me’ philosophy with a bias in favor of the disadvantaged.
Integrity – We model, interact and teach those with whom we engage to do what is right even when no one is watching.
Compassion – We show care, sensitivity and tolerance, using our talents and treasures to minister to those around us who are suffering or who are facing misfortune, without thought of preconceived walls of discrimination extending grace and giving more than one deserves.
Sustainability – We teach and provide opportunities to build economic, educational and social continuity incorporating environmentally responsible materials.
Excellence – We empower and nurture individual potential, striving toward quality and excellence in whatever one finds themselves doing, regularly evaluating and redefining goals and expectations.
Creativity – We cultivate a philosophy of originality among the artisans to unleash imagination, inspiration and ingenuity seeing innovation in their handcrafts and all areas of life.
Louisville ministry helping people in Zambia turn trash into trade skills
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In 2007, Tracy Murray moved to Zambia to work at a church. She met a pastor who was making $250 a month. She said that was considered middle-class because most families made about $2 a day. After seeing the daily struggle, she wanted to help. Tracy started a handbag ministry called RecycloCraftz teaching widows, orphans and the unemployed how to make crafts out of recycled materials like fabric scraps, pages of magazines, and videotape film. When she moved back to Kentucky in 2011, she continued to support the workers in Zambia. The idea may have started with handbags, but it has grown to include aprons, pillows, and jewelry. What you might throw away, people in Zambia use to create art that they sell in the U.S.
BRINGING HOPE IN A HANDBAG
Let's Make A Change
Make a Tax-Deductible Contribution
Your gifts and
abilities will change
lives. Join the prayer
team to make an
Mary and her husband have five children. Mary used to crochet baby sets but her employer was slow to pay, sometimes taking up to six months to pay. Through the project Mary learned how to make bags and bracelets. In the RecycloCraftz project everyone receives their monies immediately. Mary has been able to pay for her children’s school fees. “We are grateful because the money we get here helps us a lot in our homes.” Mary dreams of starting a business selling second hand bags and going to school, including college. She wants to be a teacher. Shop for Mary’s products here.
Martha Phiri has five children. She went to school through grade nine. Martha used to crochet other things and one of the people she knew told her about RecycloCraftz when it was an early start-up. She became one of RecycloCraftz’s first artisans, making beautiful multicolored purses from plastic grocery bags. Her purses became prototypes for many future creations. Martha’s favorite thing to make is jewelry, especially the seed and glass bead bracelets. Headbands and patchworks are second place favorites. She used to have a tailoring shop but business was slow so she had to close. She dreams of buying a house and a car and would love to be a electrician. With sponsorship, she would be able to help buy food for her family. Shop for Martha’s products here.
IN A HANDBAG
By teaching and nurturing hands-on trade skills, academic learning and a Biblical-based relationship with Jesus Christ, leadership skills are developing and transformational life changes are taking place in the lives of those we serve. The artisans are growing in confidence and experiencing encouragement as they step out and envision a different future for themselves and the ones they care for.