It Only Takes ONE | No. 41

"Do FOR ONE what you wish you could do for all." - Andy Stanley

When I think of all the healing & love that's desperately needed in this world ... in my own city ... I feel extremely overwhelmed & paralyzed. How can I make this go away, how can I help? It's all too much & I feel my service wouldn't be enough. However when I met Tara Clapper, founder of No. 41, I felt empowered & reminded of my purpose here on this earth.

She created a video called, Changing the World for One & while viewing it I pretty much teared up the entire time because it kept repeating "ONE" ... it only takes ONE! All because Tara took a step out in faith as ONE person with the intent to help ONE person, now MANY are happy, healthy & thriving by her simple yes for one.

I was quickly reminded that the quantity of people isn't what matters, it's the ONE that matters. Jesus can use me anytime, any day, anywhere. Why do I hesitate to step out of my comfort zone, my safe mommy schedule, my self-created bubble? As believers we are called to actively live as Jesus ... all He needs is my YES & that may make a difference for many or for one. And ONE is all that matters.

No.41 started on a whim and a prayer in March 2012, with the intent of teaching young women from the Noel Orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda (ages 18-25) not only to sew, a culturally relevant trade that would always sustain them, but to give back to their community through a feeding program supporting local schools.

The first No.41 bag was sold in May 2012 and today they employ 20 women from the orphanage, as well as 10 from the surrounding village. No. 41 have 8 mamas better caring for their 12 children and 19 of their young women are now enrolled in university. In February 2013, No.41 opened their first feeding program, providing a hot, healthy lunch to 900+ students and teachers, daily.

No.41 is about empowering young women. Their goal is not to give them the world, but to show them that God has already given them everything they need to go out there and take it. When you link arms with No. 41 , you are truly changing the world FOR ONE.

The No.41 Signature Bags are handmade with love in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Your purchase not only provides a stable job and sustainable income to a young woman transitioning into a life of independence, you are also providing 240 meals to a secondary student in Rwanda! FOR ONE child, FOR ONE meal, FOR ONE year. And that's how you change the world, for one.

"Such as My love has been for you, so must your love be for each other." John 13:34