Monthly Archives: July 2014

Local Teen Crafts with Compassion

July 24, 2014 | Janie

Today I’d like to introduce you to a special teenager from our community. Her name is Hannah and she makes and sells jewelry so that she can give to people in need. She will tell her own story and allow us to get to know her a bit. I think you will be encouraged to learn how one so young is already using her talents to make a difference. Thank you, Hannah, for all that you are doing. Be sure to check out Hannah’s store on Facebook!

I have lived in Pine City for four years. I was thirteen when my family and I moved here, and now I am seventeen—almost eighteen. I live with my mom, Jamie; dad, Pete; sister, Jessie; and brother, Caleb. That’s my grandma in the picture with us. I am the blonde on the far left.

Hannah's family at Easter

I am going to be a senior this school year. I am homeschooled. I have a passion for arts and crafts, reading, and butterflies, as childish as that may sound. I babysit for my neighbors once a week. They have two boys, a two year old and a four year old. It’s a lot of fun. I also play guitar.

Hannah and a butterfly

I make necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. I use several different materials to make my jewelry: glass beads, metal beads, plastic beads (once in a while), chain, wire, buttons, elastic string, all kinds of stuff.

Hannah behind table

I’ve been making jewelry off and on for a few years, I’m not sure exactly how long. I really started to get into it when one of my cousins showed me how she did some things. I started to find and figure out how to use all the different ways for making jewelry really good, professional. I’ve improved a lot since I first started, and continue to improve the more I work on it.

Hannah's table

I’ve sold my jewelry at my church twice to raise money for Rwanda, Africa. That is the only selling I’ve really done so far, but I opened a facebook store page on Thursday, July 17, and I’m hoping that will take off soon. The page is called Hannah’s Unique Boutique, and I guarantee that at least fifty percent of all profit goes to charity. I think it will usually be more than fifty percent that gets donated. 100% of this month’s profit will be donated to Our Response.

Hannah's sign

There are pictures of my recent jewelry on my facebook store page.

Hannah jewelry behind her

I heard about Our Response through my church, Pine City Evangelical Free Church, because it is partnered with Our Response to raise money for work in Rwanda, Africa.

I just want to help people. God has given me the abilities I have, and it is my responsibility to do something good with them. I will donate to Our Response, Feed My Starving Children, and other places. I might even use some of the money to do Christmas Shoeboxes at the end of the year.


A new child ambassador for East Central MN

We Have A New Child Ambassador!

July 3, 2014 | Janie

Those of you familiar with World Vision already know about Child Ambassadors. They are the folks that help connect people like you and me with children in far away places who could benefit from a sponsor. Child sponsorship equates to tangible things like better education, clean water, and improved health care.

An Impoverished Child + A Caring Sponsor = Hope

World Vision has volunteers serving as Child Ambassadors in every state of the U.S. I’m happy to say that our East Central area is fortunate to have a wonderful new ambassador! Barb Holmberg is a long-time resident of Cambridge who cares deeply about the needs of children. Ten years ago Barb and her husband, Tim, expanded their family to include five siblings from the Children’s Shelter of Cebu in the Philippines. Their example has encouraged others to start down the path of adoption or just stay the course. You would think that a mother of nine children and three grandchildren wouldn’t want to add one more thing to her busy life. But I will let Barb take it from here…

Barb Holmberg new child ambassador

I am brand new to the Child Ambassador program, having just completed my training in mid-April. Although our family has sponsored children for a number of years, we weren’t fully acquainted with the work of World Vision. Then, several years ago, I was involved with showing the World Vision film, Journey to Jamaa, at my home church. That’s when I began to realize what sponsorship actually accomplishes—not only for children, but for their families and communities as well.

In the fall of 2012, I was invited to work with Our Response to bring the Step into Africa experience to the Isanti County Fairgrounds. Through this event my admiration for World Vision grew. There are many organizations that respond to the great needs in this world, but few who do it so effectively and who are motivated by faith in Jesus Christ. Because World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people, I felt led to be a part of their organization as a Child Ambassador.

The children who are sponsored through my webpage live in the Rwandan community known as Kivuruga. I chose that particular location because it’s where Our Response partners with World Vision. As East Central Minnesotans continue to travel to Kivuruga we can see firsthand what is being accomplished for our sponsored children. Due to the partnership between Our Response and World Vision, what has happened in Kivuruga these past four-and-a-half years is amazing!

Child sponsorship is such a great way for individuals and families to join with a trustworthy organization to help alleviate poverty. The best part of being a Child Ambassador is that I can link others to this great work of God across the world. When I have opportunity to be part of World Vision events or give presentations to groups, I will be able to help individuals sponsor children from Rwanda as well as other countries, depending on individual preference.

Residents of our East Central area are already sponsoring 560 Kivurugan children, which means that my role as a Child Ambassador may look a little different than what is typical. My hope and prayer is to connect with child sponsors and help them learn how to communicate with and bless their sponsored kids. On World Vision’s website it is easy to set up your own sponsorship page where you can receive updates, view photos, and even email your child—something many sponsors don’t know about. I look forward to helping people develop deeper relationships with sponsored children, relationships that go beyond simply sending money.

This fall I am excited to attend a Child Ambassador Conference at World Vision’s headquarters in Seattle. My desire is to connect with more experienced Child Ambassadors to learn creative ways to promote sponsorship.

I am available to speak to small groups or organizations and be on hand for special events. If I can assist you in any way, please contact me at or call 763-742-6019. I would also love to have you visit my webpage.