Jan 1, 2020
We can often overlook the gravity of
the situation that Jesus’ mother Mary faced when she suddenly
became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. It was scandalous! She was a
teenager, engaged to Joseph, facing gossip and shame from her
community. One of her relatives, Elizabeth, believed Mary and took
her in. Inspired by Elizabeth, Amy Brewer took this same idea of
taking in and supporting women when they need it the most and
started an entire organization to make a difference. Amy is the
founder of Elizabeth’s Voice, a nonprofit on mission to
provide dignified jobs to women and empower them to give back to
their communities in Uganda and Lebanon. Join me as I hear from Amy
about how supporting women changes the world.
2:24 - The Amy 101
- Amy went to college with a plan to
become a nurse. She specifically wanted to become a nurse who
helped women in developing nations. Her plan unfolded from wanting
to be a doctor, and then a nurse. In the end, she became a
- She worked in a midwife clinic in
South Sudan in a place with little to no electricity and limited
supplies. It was very difficult, but she knew it was meant to do
that for a long time.
- In 2013, Amy’s team was scheduled
to fly home for the Christmas holiday. At the same time, fighting
broke out again in South Sudan. Amy always thought she’d return to
Sudan, but God had other plans for her.
- In 2016, Amy had an opportunity to
help a friend re-open a clinic in Mozambique that had been closed
due to lack of funds. Both experiences in the Sudan and Mozambique
clinics taught Amy that the only difference between her and the
women she met in the clinics was opportunity.
- When her work with the clinics was
complete, she couldn’t stop thinking about the women she’d served.
She knew more than anything that what they needed were jobs, so Amy
started two artisan groups for women in Uganda and one in Lebanon
for Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
7:04 – God Encounter at a
- Amy stayed at a hotel where a
Ugandan woman was selling products to tourists. She knew the moment
she saw the woman that she was supposed to work with her. This
woman also told Amy that several months before they met, she saw
Amy’s face in her dream.
- This Ugandan woman was trying to
employ single moms and widows in her community, even though she
herself was also living in poverty while a single mom and
- Amy’s new Ugandan friend was only
selling a few items a day. She and Amy decided to become business
partners in 2016 and now have 28 full-time employees.
- In Lebanon, they partner with a
missionary who has a Women’s Center for Iraqi and Syrian refugees
to receive food packages and bible studies. They also work to find
the women jobs they can to supplement their family’s income or help
single mother’s make ends meet.
11:07 –The “She Was Hired”
- In the Bible, when Mary finds out
she’s pregnant with Jesus, Elizabeth takes her in and cares for her
and encourages her (Luke 1:56). Elizabeth’s
Voice is built on the idea of women helping women and being there
when women need the most support.
- The “She Was Hired” story is the
story of a young woman from a small village in Uganda. Even though
Amy and Elizabeth’s Choice received this woman’s permission to
share her story, they chose to keep her identity anonymous to
reiterate that her story does not define her.
- Amy’s business partner in Uganda
is Eveline, and she’s known in the community as a warm, caring
women. She is called the Ugandan words meaning “Born Again.” One
day while Evelin she was walking down the road, she came across a
very young woman who was crying on the side of the
- The woman told Eveline that she
was an orphan who didn’t have the opportunity to finish school and
no way to make money. She was also trying to take care of her
brother. Often in Uganda, women have to resort to prostitution as
the only option to make ends meet.
- After Eveline heard her story, she
made sure this didn’t happen and brought this young woman into the
family of Elizabeth’s Voice. She was hired that day and is still
the first person to show up to work every day. Eveline taught her
to sew and make paper beads but sewing is her favorite job. Now she
can make a living in a safe environment doing a job she
18:56 - Elizabeth’s Voice Speaks to
- The main goal of Elizabeth’s Voice
is sustainable work for the women who are a part of the
organization. They also started a hospital visiting program where
the ladies sit with people and pray and also bring basic supplies
to the hospital like soaps, tea, laundry detergent, toothpaste,
- Some of the women from a smaller
village recently found a group of 12 vulnerable children who needed
their school fees paid. They raised money to pay for the fees and
volunteered to take care of the kids on school breaks and make sure
their basic needs are met.
- The vision of the women in
Elizabeth’s Voice in both Lebanon and Uganda is to recognize the
biggest needs in their communities and work to fill those
- Donations to Elizabeth’s Choice go
to things like the hospital visits and school fees. They also sell
products and those sales go toward making future product orders and
sustaining the business side of things.
- Recently they started a fair-trade
subscription box which will be more sustainable in providing funds.
They’d also like to expand their product line to support more and
more local artisans in their respective communities, continuing to
provide work and creating a bridge between the consumer and
You can find Elizabeth’s
Voice here. To find out more about their Hope Mail
subscription box, go to ElizabethsVoice.org/hopemail It’s $14.99 a
month and offers an affordable option for those who want to support
artisan made products that support women.
You can also follow Elizabeth’s
Voice on Facebook and Instagram (@elizabethsvoice)
24:24 - Getting to Know Our
Find out Amy’s guilty pleasure, who
she’d most like to sit next to on a 10-hour flight and why, what
she’s reading, and of course, what it means to Amy to run a
business with purpose (you’re going to love her answer)!
22:53 - Memorable
“I just saw a greater and bigger
need. My mindset went from “Oh, I can go over there and be their
nurse” to “Oh, I can go over there and hire them and give them a
job and their children can become nurses or doctors or lawyers, or
whatever they chose to be.”
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