There’s been many incredible things I’ve gotten to do in my lifetime. Raising 5 beautiful children, being married to a godly man for over 30 years, planting a church, and helping women out of poverty. In each new season, God seems to call me to something completely different that stretches me. He wants us to always be growing into the new, no matter how big or small it may seem.
Over the last few years, God has made a shift in my life and asked me to focus on my community and family. I’ve spent the last decade working in global business and because of the width of that reach, I thought I’d always be called to that space. But as I built up a team to carry that business forward, God began showing me the next.
He began to show me what was going on in the community around me. He began to show me that my neighbors needed love. He began to reveal the tragedies of sex trafficking and heartbreak right down my street. He began to call me to use my skills in business to create change right where I live in Flagler County.
And it could be easy for me to say, ‘well, that’s not making global change, God. It’s not BIG change.’ I’ll be honest, I’ve struggled with that thinking at the beginning. But every time we use our gifts to make the world a better place, we are making BIG change.
So this last year, I’ve begun to flex my community impact muscles. I believe that world change begins with strong communities. It’s why I believe sustainable business is so important. It’s why I planted a church. It’s why I started Trades of Hope. My next big adventures will be local ministries and businesses that directly (or even indirectly) bring together communities in a way I know WILL change the world.
Here’s a few of the ways I’ve been doing that:
Ice cream has a magical way of bringing together all kinds of people. And getting to oversee an environment where we can bring more magic, laughter, and the love of Jesus to our community is a dream come true.
So, if you see me out and about in Flagler County, I might be running to a business meeting, stopping by our Trades of Hope offices to root on our poverty ending team, attending Movies in the Park with my granddaughter Amelia, preaching on a Sunday morning, OR even scooping some ice cream. Just remember that world change WILL always happen when you choose to make a difference and invest in those around you.
7/9/2019 12:29:33 pm
What amazing things you are doing in your community. You must be an great grandma. (or whatever she calls you) Keep up the good work you are doing. Hope to see you soon.
7/9/2019 12:41:44 pm
Holly, I love & am always grateful for your wide-lens perspective on life, JOY & willingness to get in on any new adventure YHWH puts before you! Keep the updates coming, Sister! xo, Shelby
7/9/2019 12:50:42 pm
I gotta believe if ice cream was around in Jesus’ day there would have been serious teaching on how it must be incorporated into ministry. Super excited for you and Mike and praying you guys will continue to be the conduit by which God blesses others.
7/9/2019 05:33:28 pm
Can’t wait to stop by (to see and check out) your latest venture! Best of luck as you share the love. 🍦🍨
7/9/2019 08:20:27 pm
Holly, thanks for sharing! Thanks for saying ‘yes’ when God whispers. Thanks for listening for His whispers. Thanks for being an inspiration! I’m so blessed to hear about your journey 😊. Thanks for being YOU!🎉🎈
7/10/2019 07:30:04 am
So excited that you say "Yes" to whatever God has planned for you!
2/2/2023 06:11:54 pm
Your reason for leaving ToH is vague. Although it sounds like you are putting your departure in a positive light, it does not make sense for 50 percent of the founders to leave, much less leaving out the "thank yous" to the other half of the founders. It seems awkwardly odd as to the reason. Perhaps the world will never know what goes on behind the scenes, only God knows, so I hope that you have cleared the air by now, with however + whatever went down with the company. Unfortunately, it is for this reason that I do not wish to buy any more products from ToH.
2/3/2023 08:39:59 am
Laine, There truly was no "air to clear." It makes me so sad that you wouldn't continue to support the beautiful work of TOH and the remaining founders. (Who we love every much! ) I know people always think there is a deeper story but God truly just called us into a different season of ministry. Leaving was the hardest thing I've ever done because it brought so much significance empowering women around the globe out of poverty. And to this day, I miss the Artisans, the Partners and Gretchen & Elisabeth so much. But I trust the voice of God! I will always be grateful God allowed me to be a part of such an incredible business helping women.
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