WOW is ever in a state of change looking for new ideas, new skills to learn, new products to sell, going from one way of doing things to another. New people come in out our doors; new relationships are developed, new points of veiw expressed. Challenges come in choosing between old and new.
In recent weeks, Ugandans voted in a new mayor for their capital, Kampala, but chose to go with the “old” by re-electing the president of the country. City streets were heavily patroled by both police and soldiers while tensions raged whether to keep old or choose new.
While WOW continues to rely on our “old” mainstay paper beads for income, we are developing new avenues of income generation.
We are trying new styles of handbags…
Tablecloths from WOW tie and dye….
and new kinds of jewelry like these hooped earrings, necklace and bracelet made with small glass beads.
One of my favorite excuses for visiting a home is when a mother has given birth. Here’s our latest addition to the Growing Tree family…
Through such visits I discovered that it is common to bathe the infants in a homemade concoction of brewed leaves. Mothers claim these baths fortify the health of their babies. In our “newest” learning endeavorWOW is experimenting with soap-making and incorporating such herbs into the recipe.
New things capture our interest and curiosity. We desire them to enhance our well-being and self-esteem … but none of the things, old or new, the world has to offer can compare with what the prophet Ezekiel meant when he wrote:
“Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!” Ezekiel 18:31