Gifts with Impact and a World Vision Prosperity Cinnamon Box Give Away!

On December 10, 2013, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

… For decades, World Vision has made it possible for individuals to serve and impact impoverished children and families all over the world by purchasing gifts whose price provides the world’s neediest people with food, shelter, education, farm animals and machines to start businesses, clean water and so much more.  World Vision also provides ways [...]

Vietnamese Prosperity Cinnamon Box

This beautiful, hand carved Vietnamese Prosperity Cinnamon Box is filled with 3 oz of deliciously sweet and spicy Vietnamese Cinnamon.

For decades, World Vision has made it possible for individuals to serve and impact impoverished children and families all over the world by purchasing gifts whose price provides the world’s neediest people with food, shelter, education, farm animals and machines to start businesses, clean water and so much more.  World Vision also provides ways to purchase gifts that are sent directly to those needy families.  For instance, last year we purchased a goat and three ducks to to be sent to provide milk and eggs for a family or milk and eggs for them to sell for income.  I like that we have two great choices —  to purchase items to give to those we love, in which the profits from those gifts provide for another family or we can purchase gifts to be sent directly to the families in need.

World Vision Gift Catalog

World Vision Gift Catalog

In recent years, it has become possible for some of those purchases and/or donations to provide for poor children and families, right here in the United States, as well. Currently, one in five children in the U.S. lives in poverty.  That’s a staggering figure to me!  44% of America’s poor are considered to be in “deep poverty”, meaning they are living below half the poverty line.  That figure encompasses nearly 10% of the children growing up in our country!  The World Vision Christmas Catalog includes a section, called Poverty in America, which will allow shoppers to purchase gifts that will impact and help those in our own country and provide them with much needed assistance.

There are a multitude of gifts available, at all different price points, and to fit the personalities and interests of everyone on your holiday shopping list.  Their purchase prices send money to “where it’s needed most”.  These gift purchases enable World Vision to respond quickly in areas of greatest need, to help the world’s most vulnerable children and families. Your purchase will fund projects like:

  • Food Aid: World Vision is the largest distributor of food aid for the World Food Program.
  • Clean Water: Water is one of the most powerful ways to improve the health, hygiene, and well-being of children.
  • HIV and AIDS: World Vision’s HIV and AIDS care and prevention work helps families and orphans in more than 60 countries.
  • Emergency Relief: World Vision responds to humanitarian emergencies by providing food aid, shelter, and essential supplies. Rapid response teams often reach disaster sites within 48 hours of cyclones, floods, and earthquakes.
  • Medicines and Clothing: Your gift enables World Vision to ship and distribute millions of dollars worth of donated medicines and clothing to suffering children.
  • Microenterprise Development: More than half a million impoverished men and women are building their own businesses with small loans received from World Vision’s small business programs.
  • Poverty in the United States: World Vision connects and assists local leaders, churches, and organizations to help families break the cycle of poverty in impoverished communities.

I love the gorgeous Prosperity Cinnamon Box, that I received to review.  $66 of it’s purchase price is donated to provide for programs just like those, above.  The box is made from handcarved cinnamon bark and is filled with 3 oz. of Vietnamese Cinnamon.  Those of you who have baked with this wonderful spice know just what a treasure it is and what a significant difference it makes in the flavor of your dishes and baked goods.

Vietnamese Cinnamon

If you’ve never baked with Vietnamese Cinnamon you are in for a real treat! You will never think about cinnamon in the same way, again.

Whether you decide to help by purchasing handmade gifts or simply donating to send gifts directly to those in need, you have an amazing opportunity to share and serve families and children here in the United States, and abroad, who desperately need your help.  Simply visit World Vision online to order from their 2013 World Vision Gift Catalog.  What a great way to really teach our children to be cheerful givers, to have compassionate hearts and to reach out in love to all God’s people with tangible gifts, that serve, provide hope and a future.  I personally love the animal gifts, because they continue to multiply, providing a source of food and income for the families who receive them.  Which gifts are most exciting to you?  Will you provide food, or is medical care and clothing your passion?  Do you feel led to provide gifts that help save women and children from exploitation and trafficking or are you inspired to send gifts to provide education?  All of these are meaningful gifts that can change the course of another person’s life.  Christmas is definitely about giving. Not the kind that the world typically thinks of, but the selfless, love- and hope-inspiring gifts that will impact the future of generations. Christ was that kind of gift — born as a gift to all humanity, a gift of perfect sacrifice and love, a gift that changed and impacted us for eternity.  What better way to celebrate His birthday and reflect His salvation gift than to give in ways, like Him, that may have life-changing impact on others.  I’m so excited to share this opportunity with you!  Which gift will you choose, this year?


One Busy-at-Home reader will win a beautiful Prosperity Cinnamon Box, just like the one I received.  To enter, please browse through the World Vision Gift Catalog and in a comment on this post, tell me the gift you would be most excited to share, this year. Once your comment is complete, register it with the Rafflecopter form, below.

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Real Joy as a Parent and a Request for Your Help and Prayers

On April 27, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

Throughout every stage, and for each individual child, there are those moments and memories that we will remember with happiness.  There are so many special times, when we know that God has blessed, led and grown our children, in spite of our shortcomings and mistakes.  3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than [...]

Me and my Jenna.

Throughout every stage, and for each individual child, there are those moments and memories that we will remember with happiness.  There are so many special times, when we know that God has blessed, led and grown our children, in spite of our shortcomings and mistakes.  3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”  What a blessing and unmatched joy that truly is.  I can claim that same joy, with all of my children and it is by no credit to me or my husband, but by God’s overwhelming grace.  It is with great delight, then, that I share the following letter with you.  It is from our third daughter, Jenna.  I ask that you would prayerfully consider her words and join me in praying for and supporting her in this adventure that God is sending her on.

With love and great appreciation,


Hello. :)

I’m Jenna Embree, and I want to share a bit with you about what God is doing in my life.

For a year-and-a-half, now, I’ve been staying busy, working at a chiropractic office in good old Seward, NE. It’s been such a blessing to work there. But for the last several years, I’ve felt the strong desire to work in youth ministry. So when I’m not busy at work, I’ve been trying to get involved with youth ministry, wherever I can. I was able to help out with VBS – as well as help a friend teach 1st grade Sunday school,  last summer and both were an adventure.  :)   Through most of high school, I helped out with the AWANA program at our church – but this past year, after a lot of prayer and consideration, I decided to take a break from that, and I’ve been helping with the Jr. High ministry, working as a youth leader. It’s been awesome to work with the Jr. High students and see God working in and through them. I’ve learned so much about working with youth, and now, an exciting mission’s opportunity has come up working with youth in New Orleans alongside Urban Impact Ministries!

Urban Impact Ministries was founded in 1989 by Glen Schrieber, who followed God to minister to the youth and families of Central City New Orleans. The initial recreation outreach to kids in the housing projects quickly sparked a Bible study for junior high students and then high school students. Pastor John Gerhardt and his wife, Wendy, joined the ministry in 1991, and in 1998 ministry to whole families became more prevalent when Castle Rock Community Church was founded.

Pre-Katrina, a few of the things the ministry offered were an after school reading program, growing youth nights for junior high and high school students, youth drumline and Wednesday night Bible study for adults. Following the storm UIM partnered with EFCA Touch Global to work to rebuild the city. Now the ministry offers Tuesday night homework help, youth nights and open court every Friday and Saturday night.

The house where interns and volunteers stayed the summer I was in New Orleans.

I had heard a little bit about Urban Impact through people in our Church who had personally been involved with the ministry, but I didn’t really know what it was, until the summer of my junior year when my youth group was able to go to New Orleans for a week.  I fell in love with the ministry and people right away.  It was an awesome learning experience.  We were able to serve in a lot of ways, but the main ones, were helping with VBS and Challenge Circle. For Challenge Circle we’d go out to the projects, and kids from the neighborhood would come out and we’d play games, much like AWANA games.  It’s an awesome outreach tool and each game has cheers to go along with it, which teach the kids about Jesus, without them even realizing it. If you aren’t familiar with AWANA, it’s a fun club for the kids to come memorize Bible verses, play games and learn about Jesus.

We went into the projects to do Challenge Circle with the kids.

Becoming an intern was on my mind as soon as we left New Orleans, that summer.  My friends and I were all pretty pumped from the trip and talked about a lot of us going back, as though it were a sure thing. But I wasn’t quite old enough yet, and by the time I was, the part of me I like to call the “realist” had kicked in. Now that the hype was over, I spent a lot of time making excuses as to why I shouldn’t go back to intern — the time – the money – I wasn’t really sure how excited my parents would be about the idea -  I wasn’t sure what that would mean for my job – I was worried I wouldn’t do well in a leadership position… etc.  I spent a lot time praying my senior year, that God would take my will and make it match His, and that I would desire the things He desires for me.

We are blessed on a daily basis to work with, love on and share Jesus with neighborhood children who take part in Urban Impact programs.

After that, New Orleans started popping up everywhere in my life. People would randomly ask me if I was interning or tell me that I should, for no apparent reason. I followed the blogs of a couple guys from our church, who had gone down to intern that summer and kept up to date on what was going on with the ministry all summer long.  I remember seeing the pictures that the intern’s would post of the kids and being so excited to see that some of them who had maybe thought they were too cool for it the year before, had actually decided to continue. To see the kids in their videos singing and saying cheers and learning about God, really touched my heart. And with a lot of prayer and wise counsel, I decided that this might be something that was on my heart for a reason.  And that if this whole time I’ve praying that God would make my desires match His, that maybe, if I desire to do something to honor and serve Him, I should probably jump on that.  I needed to learn to have more faith, risk things for God, and be willing to be stretched out of my comfort zone. God has really blessed me a great deal since coming to that realization.  For instance – my parents ended up being very supportive, my boss also ended being very supportive and I’m actually going to have a job when I come home, (which is awesome, and something I wasn’t really counting on.)  Plus, I’ve had numerous opportunities to work in ministry this year – like getting to work as a leader for the Jr. High kids in our church.  It’s given me some of the experience and confidence I need to go serve in New Orleans.

Interns organize and lead high school volunteers who spend one week out of their summer helping at Urban Impact. A different set of students arrives each week throughout the summer.

I hope to not only share the gospel with the kids from New Orleans, but also with the high school groups that will come down to help us out. Having been part of one of those groups, myself, I understand how much they’re going to learn and how life changing it might end up being for some of them. I’m excited to learn more about working in a leadership position and hope to bring a lot of what I learn back, to use within my own Church. I know that many of these kids just need to be shown the unconditional love of Christ and I’m hoping that God will use all of us working down there this summer to show them just that. I remember going to the park for challenge circle and watching a 6 year old take care of a 2 year old. I just couldn’t believe anyone would send a 6 year old out on their own to go play with a bunch of strangers, much less put them in charge of an even younger child. There were so many little people who were just too mature for their own good, so many different kids from different backgrounds — some backgrounds worse than others, but they all just really need someone to let them be a kid and love them. It’s amazing how much you can light up their life by just giving them the time of day. They all love anyone and everyone. No questions asked. And the relationships you develop with the kids are just another way God uses those working down there to share his love and the gospel with them.

I’m not certain what all God has planned for me this summer.  I know there are a lot of things that will take me pretty far outside of my comfort zone and that the work won’t be easy, but I’m excited to see the ways He plans to use them to help develop me as a teacher and a leader. I want to be stretched in my faith and grow in my relationship with God.

Now on to the point – Why am I telling you all this?  I’ve been asked to raise $5,000 to cover my expenses, as well as my salary, during this summer internship.  If you are interested in supporting me financially and/or prayerfully – I would greatly appreciate it!  I’ve already been so wonderfully blessed and have been able to raise $2,168.33 of the $5,000 of my support money, and I’m SO very thankful.  But, I still need $2831.67 to be able to reach my goal.  Please don’t feel any obligation to give.  I definitely don’t want to guilt anyone.  But I do ask that you’d pray about what the Lord might have you give or not give. It says in 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give. Not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

But more than anything – I ask for your prayer support. I know I’m going to need it. : D

In order to be able to accomplish my goals for the summer, would you prayerfully consider two things?

  1. Becoming a faithful prayer supporter.
  2. Becoming a financial partner.

I have attached a link to the response card, pictured below, which you can use to partner with me. Clicking the picture will open a printable pdf file. All financial gifts are tax-deductible, checks should be made payable to Urban Impact Ministries and please write Jenna Embree on the memo line of your check. You can click the picture, print it out and send it along with your check to…

Urban Impact Ministries – P.O. Box 50223 – New Orleans, LA 70150 – 504-523-5556

Please click this picture to open a printable version of the card that you can send with your support. Thanks!

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about what I’m going to be doing this summer, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 402-641-8457 or e-mail me at Or if you’d just like update on what’s going on this summer, send me your email and I will try and a get a newsletter sent out a couple times during my stay. :)

Thanks so much for your time, love, and support!
In Christ,
Jenna Embree :)

Show Your Helping Hand + a Giveaway!

On December 14, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

This Giveaway is now Closed. Congratulations to our Winner, #31, Leah Walker! . . Hamburger Helper and Feeding America are partnering with country singer, Tim McGraw to raise awareness about the issue of hunger, in America.  According to Feeding America, that organization helps provide emergency food assistance to about 5.7 million people a week.  The [...]

This Giveaway is now Closed.

Congratulations to our Winner, #31, Leah Walker!



Hamburger Helper and Feeding America are partnering with country singer, Tim McGraw to raise awareness about the issue of hunger, in America.  According to Feeding America, that organization helps provide emergency food assistance to about 5.7 million people a week.  The Show Your Helping Hand campaign has been designed to help you and I remember that even in this great country, their are people who need our help.  Show Your Helping Hand will deliver millions of meals to food pantries all over the country.

Hamburger Helper has already donated a half million dollars to the program and hopes to contribute an additional $100,000 through this campaign.  Here’s how you and I can help.  Collect the codes from specially marked boxes of Hamburger Helper and enter them into the website at Show Your Helping Hand.  Hamburger Helper donates 17 cents for every code entered.  Think that can’t make a difference?  Every 17 cent donation allows Hamburger Helper to deliver one meal to a food pantry.  That’s amazing!  And what an easy way for you and I to help to make a difference in these tough economic times.

Make a donation at Show Your Helping Hand.

You can also make donations, yourself, if you’re able, at the Show Your Helping Hand website.  However, you are able to help, what an awesome opportunity to share love and help, while reflecting the joy of giving.

Hamburger Helper, through My Blog Spark, donated $10 to Show Your Helping Hand, in my name.  They also sent a box of Hamburger Helper, a Tim McGraw CD and a foam Helping Hand in order for me to thoroughly review their product and learn about this phenomenal program.   One lucky Busy-at-Home reader will receive the same package from them, as our giveaway winner.

The prize package you can win in this giveaway!

Giveaway Rules:

You must be 18 or older and a resident of the US to enter.  The mandatory entry must be completed before any optional entries will count.  Deadline to enter is midnight (CST) Sunday, December 26, 2010.

Mandatory Entry:

Visit the Show Your Helping Hand website and then come back here to tell me, in a comment, something you learned that you hadn’t realized before about hunger in America or the Feeding America organization.

Optional Additional Entries:

  1. Follow Busy-at-Home on Twitter.  Leave a comment letting me know you’ve done it.
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  3. Follow Busy-at-Home on Google Friends Connect.  Use the “Join” button in the right-hand toolbar.  Leave a comment letting me know you’ve done it.
  4. Subscribe to the Busy-at-Home Newsletter with this link (or in the right-hand sidebar).  You will receive an email confirmation with a link that must be clicked to confirm your subscription.  Once you click the email link to confirm your subscription, leave me a comment to let me know you’ve done it.
  5. Post this giveaway on your Facebook pageI’m ready to Show A Helping Hand PLUS I’m entered to win a Hamburger Helper gift pack at Busy-at-Home . Leave a comment below with a link to your post.
  6. Tweet this giveaway (1x per day). I’m ready to Show A Helping Hand & I’m entered to win a Hamburger Helper gift pack @busyathome. #myblogspark #giveaway Leave a comment with a link to your tweet.

The information for this post was provided by Hamburger Helper and My Blog Spark.  I received a Hamburger Helper gift pack in order to conduct this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  Views and opinions expressed in this post are wholly my own.

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