By the time I met my husband Ken, I’d spent the better part of my life in pursuit of happiness, only to find that it didn’t exist. Because I’d learned at a young age that stuff could camouflage my brokenness, there was no possession big enough to repair the damage. I spent every dollar in search of the one thing that could offer me lasting joy and when I came up empty, I finally surrendered to God. It was then that my life began to turn around.
While at a women’s retreat, an ordinary question changed my life.
“What can we do to change the world around us?
I had never considered the fact that I could actually do something truly significant. Then I heard a whisper. The thought was so ridiculous I was embarrassed to say it out loud. Two seconds later it was already coming out of my mouth. “What if we sold some of our stuff and used the money to help people in need?” Then…“What if we sold some of the stuff we love? Like our cars or …” And then the most ridiculous thought came to mind, but I dared not utter the words.
When the evening concluded I quietly said to a friend, “I bet if I sold my wedding ring I could feed an entire village in Africa.”
That was the beginning of an incredible journey that has taken me around the world and given me opportunities to show the love of Jesus to strangers. That was the beginning of the end of my insatiable love for stuff.
I couldn’t have guessed that letting go of my most prized possession, my wedding ring, would unleash an avalanche of wedding rings and generosity from around the world, providing clean water for tens of thousands of people in Africa, India, and Central America. What’s more, I have become free from a life of materialism along with hundreds of other men and women that have exchanged their stuff for a life of true significance in Christ.
Now, for the first time, we are expanding our work beyond water alone. You can read more about what we are doing here.
Ringless in Christ,
With This Ring