The Starfish Project

December 12, 2012 § 4 Comments

Family reunions aren’t always associated with a sense of peace and joy, but I can safely say that this year’s family reunion was filled with nothing but that. It was the first time that we were not just a family, but a body of Christ. God has been faithful and has saved each of us, one by one. This was the first time we were all together as brothers and sisters in Christ. AND my sister is pregnant with a baby girl! I don’t know what could possibly cause a larger celebration for the Kim Family in this season!

This family reunion also provided a fruitful opportunity to help my older sister, Grace with a jewelry party. Grace works for an amazing organization out in Asia called The Starfish Project. The Starfish Project has found a way to empower exploited women by providing an alternative source of income: making jewelry. Additionally, they provide counseling, healthcare access, vocational training and more.

The dedication my sister has to these women is phenomenal. God has used her passion and desire for justice to do so much good. She is quite the inspiration to me when it comes to loving your neighbor and helping those less fortunate.

I think of this verse when I think of my sister: “See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.” (2 Cor 7:11)

For this project, I was asked to stylize and come up with a way to merchandise the jewelry for the party. Grace had the brilliant idea of sparking the thought of Christmas gifts to encourage more purchases, and thus raise more funds. That idea was what drove my approach of the decor. When it comes to stylizing, simpler is always the better way to go. Proper styling enhances and never distracts. Details make all the difference, and not much is needed. Fabric, backyard foliage, candles – done!

The party ended up a great success! I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it, even in this small way.

Please check out the things that are happening at The Starfish Project and how you can support them. Also, for all your Portlanders, The Starfish Project and Adorned in Grace (based in Portland, OR) are teaming up together. There are a lot of amazing opportunities coming up for those of you who have a heart for causes like this! Please feel free to get in touch with me if you are feeling called. Praise God and also: I love you, UHN BUN!!!!!

All photos by James Fitzgerald III


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§ 4 Responses to The Starfish Project

  • jun says:

    so glad i came across your blog. i feel so inspired reading about everything here. your works are amazing and mind’s a beauty ❤

    • madebysohn says:

      wow, thanks so much for such kind words and encouragement! it makes me really happy to hear that you’ve been inspired. i really enjoy the airy-ness and cleanliness of the photography on your blog. keep it up 🙂

  • barbara. says:

    You are such and inspiration! it is evident how God works through you and your work and creativity. Keep it up, God bless You, your Beloved and your Sister blessed with child. All the best to You, My Dear!

    • madebysohn says:

      your words are so comforting to me, barbara! it is my hope and prayer that i will use any gifts I’ve been given for God’s glory. thank you for your encouragement! the photography on your tumblr is beautiful – i love the way you’ve captured every day life!

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