Last night my friend and new seminar partner, hosted our very first event together, HELP FOR HOPE! I can’t wait to share with you how it went, but first, I’d love to tell the story of how it all came into action, because we all know, when God is in control, greater things abound when we are obedient to Him!
September 10th, 2013 I wrote:
“Melanie! You may or may not know I partnered up with Rodan+Fields dermatologists and the Lord has blessed me more abundantly then I ever thought with this! Since I’ve known you in the 7th grade, you are one of the sweetest and most genuine people I know, business savvy and smart…and so darn beautiful inside and out!!!
I saw that you posted doing seminars with your company. (how cool!) And I thought quite possibly you may be interested in something BIG I’m doing. Long story short (but I’d love to tell you more) God is leading me down a new path in my life that is quite exciting and He is using this business to do it. A portion of the earnings I make I’m giving to Hope Resource Center. Are you familiar with what they do? And I don’t even know what your stance is on abortion and you don’t have to say because I know it can be a touchy topic…but I thought how awesome it would be if you ever wanted to do a seminar together.”
“…. I would LOVE to do a joint seminar with you. Lets make it happen! Ill write more tonight xxoo”
During this past summer, I noticed that Melanie’s business, Alma Diem, was successfully growing, and how her and her business partner Katie, held their first seminar together on FEAR. I immediately thought and prayed for weeks about contacting Melanie and sharing the vision I had with her. I wasn’t even quite sure what I would say or how this whole “thing” would work. Would we get together and twiddle our fingers thoughtlessly trying to come up with a plan? How would we even get started?
Weeks later, I finally messaged Melanie. Her response was exciting yet simple. It wasn’t until we met up for a glass of wine at a nearby restaurant to discuss how this plan would come full circle and see how God had placed us exactly where He wanted us. Together.
Melanie is in her own words, “the blondest Mexican you will ever see”! (ha, love her heart!) But in my words, she is like a magnet that draws anyone in around her. She is comforting and warmth and your new best friend after 5 minutes of talking with her. I hadn’t seen this sweet woman since middle school! And here we were randomly meeting up because of a vision that God placed on my heart.
She quickly shared her story of college, dating, and how she met her handsome mate (who is the assistant DA in Knoxville-woop woop!) She shared the highs and lows of some marriage days and how she was awarded #1 massage therapist in Knoxville! (I’m telling you, if you meet her, you will instantly know why!) Then it gets more exciting….about how God led her and her husband back to Knoxville.
The success Melanie had with her first seminar was so overwhelming, that her and her business partner decided that they wanted to do one more event before the year 2013 was up. Melanie literally said, “Bam. And there was your email, asking me to join you. I looked up at the sky and said, ‘Thank you God!'”
We giggled and laughed and kept jaw-dropping at each others stories on how we were brought together at this incredible moment in a corner booth.
She said to me, that her massage therapy was just the vehicle used to get her to where God really wants her, sharing with people about Fear. “Fear is a spiritual block to God” is what she had us repeat at the seminar last night, referencing her old cheerleader days. “Repeat after me: FEAR is a spiritual block to God!”
March 10th, 2009 Melanie wrote to me:
“i had a trip to new york and a job offer lined up with a christian independent film company and i was supposed to leave sunday, but i got a call yesterday that their staff is leaving for Europe and I’ll have to reschedule in may… good news for them and the small company that they are, but not good for me… my hope is that God has something bigger planned for me than i could dream up for myself, but i have to admit…it is hard to hold on to that right now. are you in Knoxville?? what’s your story?”
Oh yes. God absolutely had something bigger planned for Melanie. As well as for myself thinking I’d be working in a jail the rest of my life.
Long story short, to see how God brought Melanie and her husband Hector to Knoxville to be in the position she is in around so many people, and God using her to change lives daily to be partnered up with me on a journey I didn’t even quite know where I was headed, leading us to the cafe last night with standing room only is NOT a coincidence friends. It is our Almighty God and the greatest Author you will ever know.
Help for Hope had drinks, it had appetizers, it had a massage therapy chair, a wine sommelier, a jewelry designer, a tech guy, a short film. It had people. People that couldn’t get by without bumping into another person. Help for Hope had my sweet, brave, and beautiful guest speaker Johnna Bullard. Johnna poured out her heart about choosing abortion when faced with an unwanted pregnancy yet to turn around and choose LIFE after meeting with an advocate at Hope Resource Center. She now celebrates a gorgeous, smart, and lively 12 year old daughter Jaden Lily HOPE! (Can I get an A-men?!) Read more about her powerful story here:
And most importantly, Help for Hope had a jar stuffed with money and donations. It had everyone’s attention. The room was full of awareness and positivity. It had women asking me about speaking at their small groups, churches, and more. It held tears of heart break and restoration. And it had new hands of people ready and willing to serve. Praise the Lord for hearts to volunteer and take action!
Special piece of jewelry designed just for Hope Resource Center by Megan Clark with New Eve jewelry https://www.etsy.com/shop/NewEveJewelry
So when you are obedient and because you have heard that little voice in your head become louder and louder to serve, don’t ignore it. You never know who’s lives will be changed….and SAVED.
I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is “Abortion”, because it is a war against the child… A direct killing of the innocent child, “Murder” by the mother herself… And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love… And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts… – Mother Teresa
To find out more, email myself or Melanie:
Emily-Anne Buck: Emilyab12@aol.com
Melanie Sanchez: firstname.lastname@example.org
My business: EmilyAnneBuck.myrandf.com
Hope Resource Center online giving: https://www.investinghope.com/Donate.aspx