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This month we are focusing on our city

Jennifer Cashel

Why is this months cause so close to my heart? Because the people behind it are my people, they are my tribe. They love this city I call home and they put actions behind their words. That's why 10% of all our online sales this month through January will go to Mosaic Charlotte's Hope Center. From the Mobile Food Bank to monthly What if Everyone Serve days  and so much more, the love that is shown to our community is genuine and causing positive impact right here at home.

"Hope For All"

Mosaic's Mobile Food Bank

Mosaic's Mobile Food Bank

1000's of meals have been served to our community already in this first year of our mobile food bank

1000's of meals have been served to our community already in this first year of our mobile food bank

"The Broken Becoming Beautiful"

We are all broken, but when we come together we can make a beautiful Mosaic.

Visit Mosaic's Website for more info. We look forward to partnering with you and The Hope Center to make a difference in Charlotte, NC

October's Cause

Jennifer Cashel

 We have worked with Father's House International over the past few years and love their heart and mission. 

"Father's House International is dedicated to helping the homeless and desperate children without much hope all around the world."

When I first met Tammy and Matt Garrett, co-founders of Father's House Ghana and Charlotte residents, I knew we had to be a part of their passion. One of the things that struck Jared and I was the way they work to empower the people of Ghana and to give these precious boys the tools and education to change the town they live in. 

Below is the story of how Father's House came about;

"While attending a conference in 1999, Jeff Miller and Matt Garrett met David Banini, a pastor from the African country of Ghana. A few months later, the two friends traveled to Ghana, not knowing much about where they were going or what they were going to do there. They only knew that God was calling them to go. While in Ghana, they were overwhelmed, not only by the needs they saw, but mostly by the love and hospitality shown to them by everyone they met. On returning home from a subsequent trip to Ghana, Jeff shared with Matt a vision God had given him for an "orphanage" or some type of home for needy children. They anticipated fundraising events and a lengthy property search. Much to their surprise, within mere weeks 7 acres of oceanfront land was donated and construction of The Father's House began shortly thereafter. During construction, a weekly feeding and Bible teaching was begun and quickly grew to an average attendance of 300 children! Each Saturday, children from the local area poured into the courtyard to sing, clap, dance, and praise God as they learned about Him and His unending love for them. The large majority of these children are from homes where voodoo and "traditional religions" are actively practiced. After the Bible lesson, a hot meal was served and the children played for hours on the beach in front of The Father's House. Through the weekly feeding, we were able to form relationships with those in the community and learned of many needs which we are able to assist with as well. Although we no longer have the weekly feeding, Father's House continues to do community outreach in various ways. The Father's House is located in the village of Tegbi, just outside Keta, in the Volta region. In Ghana, it is customary for extended family members to care for orphaned or neglected children. As the building neared completion in late 2009, we found ourselves faced with the realization that perhaps a traditional "orphanage" was not really needed. As we prayed and sought God's direction about which children would call The Father's House "home", we learned about the horrors of child slavery in the fishing villages on Lake Volta, just a few hours to our north. Children as young as 4 years old are taken to fish on the dark waters of the lake. Most often, they are "sold" by mothers who feel they have no other option. They are deceived by fishing masters who come to rural areas, claiming they will take the children, usually boys, and teach them a trade. They promise the children will go to school and that money will be sent home in payment for the work the child does. Many mothers believe they are sending their children to a better life, but these promises are never fulfilled. Approximately 7,000 children live in horrendous conditions in the island villages of Lake Volta, often working 16 or more hours a day. They are not allowed to attend school and most are fed only one small meal a day. It is not uncommon for children to become entangled in fishing nets and drown. In January, 2011, a team traveled to Lake Volta and rescued eight precious boys from a life of slavery and brought them home to The Father's House. They are now being nurtured, physically and spiritually, in a safe and loving environment and are being taught that they have a Father who loves them and built a home for them. We have faith that God will redeem their lost years and that He will use the strength of their character to one day change their nation and the world. These eight are only the beginning! There are a lot of empty rooms at The Father's House and many more children who need a home where they are loved, safe, and FREE!"


"While attending a conference in 1999, Jeff Miller and Matt Garrett met David Banini, a pastor from the African country of Ghana. A few months later, the two friends traveled to Ghana, not knowing much about where they were going or what they were going to do there. They only knew that God was calling them to go. While in Ghana, they were overwhelmed, not only by the needs they saw, but mostly by the love and hospitality shown to them by everyone they met. On returning home from a subsequent trip to Ghana, Jeff shared with Matt a vision God had given him for an "orphanage" or some type of home for needy children. They anticipated fundraising events and a lengthy property search. Much to their surprise, within mere weeks 7 acres of oceanfront land was donated and construction of The Father's House began shortly thereafter.

During construction, a weekly feeding and Bible teaching was begun and quickly grew to an average attendance of 300 children! Each Saturday, children from the local area poured into the courtyard to sing, clap, dance, and praise God as they learned about Him and His unending love for them. The large majority of these children are from homes where voodoo and "traditional religions" are actively practiced. After the Bible lesson, a hot meal was served and the children played for hours on the beach in front of The Father's House. Through the weekly feeding, we were able to form relationships with those in the community and learned of many needs which we are able to assist with as well. Although we no longer have the weekly feeding, Father's House continues to do community outreach in various ways. The Father's House is located in the village of Tegbi, just outside Keta, in the Volta region.

In Ghana, it is customary for extended family members to care for orphaned or neglected children. As the building neared completion in late 2009, we found ourselves faced with the realization that perhaps a traditional "orphanage" was not really needed. As we prayed and sought God's direction about which children would call The Father's House "home", we learned about the horrors of child slavery in the fishing villages on Lake Volta, just a few hours to our north. Children as young as 4 years old are taken to fish on the dark waters of the lake. Most often, they are "sold" by mothers who feel they have no other option. They are deceived by fishing masters who come to rural areas, claiming they will take the children, usually boys, and teach them a trade. They promise the children will go to school and that money will be sent home in payment for the work the child does. Many mothers believe they are sending their children to a better life, but these promises are never fulfilled. Approximately 7,000 children live in horrendous conditions in the island villages of Lake Volta, often working 16 or more hours a day. They are not allowed to attend school and most are fed only one small meal a day. It is not uncommon for children to become entangled in fishing nets and drown.

In January, 2011, a team traveled to Lake Volta and rescued eight precious boys from a life of slavery and brought them home to The Father's House. They are now being nurtured, physically and spiritually, in a safe and loving environment and are being taught that they have a Father who loves them and built a home for them. We have faith that God will redeem their lost years and that He will use the strength of their character to one day change their nation and the world.

These eight are only the beginning!

There are a lot of empty rooms at The Father's House and many more children who need a home where they are loved, safe, and FREE!"

We are proud to support Father's House Ghana with 10% of every online sale being donated for the month of October. Visit their website for more info and follow them on Facebook to keep up with all the good they are doing. 

Growing Beyond Ourselves

Jennifer Cashel

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Five years......five years ago I opened my little etsy shop with a handful of bird nest necklaces. I never dreamed that my desire to share tiny bits of beauty would grow to my very full time; every-day-all-day-and-sometimes-all-night job. Sure it has its rough times and as any artist, maker or entrepreneur would tell you there are times when you just want to quit, but I can not imagine doing anything else with my life now.

My deepest desire is to bring beauty out of the ordinary and share it with you.

When I chose the name Created Beautifully it was because the name summed up more than the pieces I wanted to create but rather a philosophy I wanted to convey. The idea that everything and everyone is indeed Created Beautifully.

So in the midst of a planet that feels like it is crumbling sometimes what does pretty jewelry and hand bags have to do with making our world a better place? I've asked myself the same question more times than I can tell you. I have felt like my hands were tied. And although Created Beautifully supports a few charities on a monthly basis I just long to do more.   

To kick off our fifth year we will now be donating 10% of every online sale (both here and on etsy) to our featured Cause of the Month! I am very excited about doing this, not only to raise funds for these different charities that are very near and dear to me, but also to raise awareness.

For September we would like to introduce you to Compassion to Act a local Charlotte based organization that ministers to victims of labor and sex trafficking. They are doing incredible work and we are so proud to support them. I would encourage you to visit the website to learn more about how Compassion To Act is bringing beauty to people who may feel they have lost that part of who they are.

(all these photos were taken near beautiful Hood River in Oregon this past July)

(all these photos were taken near beautiful Hood River in Oregon this past July)