WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Updated: Oct 5, 2021
So, is this a business, a ministry, or a non-profit, and why flowers?
The purpose of everything Abeja does is to see women step into their destiny as women of valor, joining God in actively pursuing restoration and experiencing shalom. Shalom is a state of wholeness, or of being complete. The ancient Hebrew meaning of shalom was ‘to make something whole.’ Not just regarding practical restoration of things that were lost or stolen. But with an overall sense of fulness and completeness in mind, body and estate.
So Abeja is a business with a ministerial purpose; all of the profits go back to services to support the women. The backbone and heart of everything we do is centered around seeing women healthy, empowered, and understanding their Heavenly Father, who's heart for them is for good, full of abundance of life and hope. We begin with safe, dignified employment, but it's so much more than just a job! A job with Abeja includes Bible studies and spiritual mentorship, education and skills training, and social services support.
As we explained in an earlier post, life for women in Guatemala is difficult and dangerous, and more often than not, women are left feeling vulnerable and hopeless. It is easy to think that God is removed from the plight of women and does not care in light of all of the pain they experience. That is not the case, however, as He is intimately involved, sees, and His intent is to empower women to thrive. Just as He appeared to Hagar in the desert and saved her as she was about to die, she was left with the knowledge that He is a God who saw her “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me” (Gen. 16:13).
The paradox of Jesus’ ever present love and sustaining within the pain unfolds even deeper when there is the realization that God is in everything that exists. He is in every inhalation and exhalation of breath, in the details of creation, in every flower, in the soft play of light in a morning sunrise. When the world begins to take on this new perspective, expecting His intimate involvement, it is then that transformation is experienced.
Even within the brokenness of the world that which is full of pain, injustice, and heartbreak, He has woven reflections of Himself into every detail. Leaves on trees reflect his creativity and imagination. Birdsong, in its high and low dance of tones demonstrates the attention and importance of the creator in every layered element of sight, sound, and touch. He chose to surround humanity with these things that hold His creative fingerprint, and awareness of Him in each detail awakens communion with Him, and intimacy. He created humans to physically respond and receive peace when surrounded by His creation.
Beauty can be found in nature despite the brokenness of this world. Nature comfortingly shares reminders that God is here, so close, and even within the pain, He designed elements for humanity’s wellbeing and joy. Within this appreciation of beauty and awareness of Him in nature, humans experience connection to Him, and can receive healing and transformation. God strategically created beauty, nature and creativity with the ability to transform and heal, and He is there within creation.
God created nature with the capacity to minister healing and experience His love. At Abeja, we are seeing God utilizing nature, specifically flowers, to speak life to brokenness. We are literally finding God in the context of flowers, how He painted detailed love onto each petal. This reality of contextualizing him in creation has rippled outward to the women, and as they work, they find Him as I work alongside one another with flowers. We are seeing renewal and healing reflected in the countenance of each of the women as they appreciate each flower. We design bouquets on a weekly basis, and the joy and peace the women describe feeling through their work is palpable.