Kinbe is on a mission to help children in Guatemala by raising up villages to take care of them.
Find out how you can join their mission and be a part of the story and get a 40% coupon as a thank you!
(This post is sponsored by Kinbe: I received a pair of their moccasins in exchange for one post on social media, this is not that post. This is just something I wanted to do because I believe in their mission and what they stand for.)
Have I ever mentioned I’m a missionary kid?
Once upon a time, when I was a little, I went on lot’s of mission trips and even wintered in Texas two years in a row with my family to work at an orphanage over the boarder in Mexico. My oldest sister currently lives in Thailand. My younger sister summered in China a few years back to work at an orphanage. My baby sister is adopted from China. My husband and I went on a mission trip to Africa together as kids. And the list goes on.
Mission trips and missionaries are just a normal part of my family dynamics and have intrinsically become a part of my DNA.
That’s why when I come across companies like Kinbe, who are on a mission not to better their own lives, but better the world, I can’t help but feel drawn to them.
The moment I opened the Kinbe website and read their purpose statement a little “oh” escaped me.
Kinbe is an organization who understands the need for more love in the world and are determined to give back as much as they can. They’ve partnered with an orphanage in Guatemala who’s mission is to supply family style housing for the children in their care. 25% of their profits are donated to help create loving homes for the orphan children in Guatemala and on top of that, they are doing a fundraiser right now to help rescue and take care of abandoned babies in rural villages (read more about that here).
I instantly felt a heart connection with this company because it’s more of a mission movement than sales company. Amber, the founder of Kinbe, is just a real mom with a heart of gold who wants to make the world a better place one Guatemalan baby at a time. Being a mother myself, and having served on the mission field in a Spanish speaking nation, I just felt so drawn to her mission and company; plus it totally helps that her shoes are too cute!
So like I said in the beginning of this post, my family wintered in Texas two years in a row so that we could partner with an orphanage across the boarder in Guadalupe, Mexico. It was my sophomore and junior year of high school when my whole family decided to uproot and move to El Paso for a few month. Who am I kidding? My family didn’t really decide, or at least I wasn’t part of the decision. Well actually, I think I was the only one of the six of us who opposed the move. What can I say? I was 15, moody, and hated change. Moving to Texas was not my idea of a good time.
I’m going to be honest. I hated it there. I hated being taken away from my friends, missing out on parties, sleepovers, and flirting with boys; I was angry to have to move cross country for months at a time. But what I didn’t hate were the people. Even in my sulking teenage state, I couldn’t help but feel love for the people we encountered.
On Wednesdays we did something called Mercy Ministry Day which was an outreach where we would go to one of the local churches and shower their town with bags of rice, beans, groceries, clothing, toiletries, and cookies and toys for the kids. It was my favorite day of the week. I loved connecting with the people and their families and doing my best to say a few words in Spanish; “hola…Como estas?” (Ha, that’s about all they got back then.)
When you’re handed a soggy bundle with big brown eyes and the darkest thatch of black hair you’ve probably ever seen, and you’re rewarded with a large gap tooth smile and a ‘gracias’ after carrying said bundle for an hour or so even though your arms were burning and your shirt now smells like pee, you can’t help but feel your heart swell. Of course I probably never would have admitted it at the time, but I loved it, I loved them, and I loved what we did. There is nothing better than feeling like you’re a part of something bigger than yourself; that you are a part of making a lasting impact on the world even if it’s just one smile at a time.
I will forever be grateful for my time on the mission field, I am so glad to have gotten that opportunity while I was young, because now that I have small children it’s much harder for me to do anything like that. But, even though I can’t currently be on the mission field, I can still be a part of spreading love around the world.
Kinbe has partnered with Hope of Life, a non-profit that rescues abandoned and malnourished babies and children in Guatemala. They help to nurse these babies back to health in hospitals and then work to place them in a loving home. Obviously, you can imagine that this costs quite a lot of money and requires a lot of resources, so they are asking for your help! Right now Kinbe is offering a 40% off coupon to anyone who donates money or items to Hope of Life -whoa, just whoa!
Happy Giving Friends, moccasins
PS) If you want to learn a little more about Jeremy and my long-standing romance (we met when I was 12) I share our story in a little four part series and in part two I share a little snippet of our trip to Africa, but if you haven’t read our story already you’ll probably want to start here: My Love Story; How It All Began.