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Love, swirling and growing

Love, swirling and growing

[By Taylor Humphrey]

Stepping through the front door of Karama for the first time, I felt the kindness of gentle spirits, heard the laughter of friends and knew that this was no ordinary business. Karama is set apart...a place where love and diligence unite in the Swirl of Good. Two words adequately describe each woman who has found her seat as a volunteer at the Karama table: world changer.

I spoke with a few of our Mamas (volunteers) this week, who helped me define their personal impact in Karama. Our Mamas meet together on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shifts. Some of them work 4 hours as they can, and some of them work with us 20 hours per week. They arrive, smiles on their faces, graciously volunteering of their time.  “Each week I look forward to going to Karama to serve on a common goal,” shares Kathy, longtime Karama volunteer.

“The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.”

This calling to sacrifice and service is a common thread binding all volunteers with the Swirl of Good. Isaiah 61 says: “The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” The Karama Mamas have become more than just a volunteer team, but a “community of sisters in Christ” according to Teresa. Kathy refers to the swirl as “the most talented, loving, and capable people.” This calling extends to everyone in the Swirl of Good from staff, to artisans, and Young Life Africa staff. Mamas at the table experience the beauty of connecting over a common goal, providing deep and meaningful friendships. Ministry happens at the table as women come together to serve their brothers and sisters around the world.

“I like the idea of love, swirling and growing from this ministry.

Kathy shares: “I like the idea of love, swirling and growing from this ministry.  God has been the focus from the beginning and has allowed so many people to be blessed with this mission across the globe.  Those who have been able to work for wages to improve the lives of their families, and those of us who have had the opportunity to help.  Thank you Lord for allowing me to be a part of this swirl."

Karama staff and volunteers visiting an artisan group in Haiti

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