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What is Joy Beadz?

Joybeadz is a Forget Me Not Ministries project that provides employment and a source of encouragement for Roma (Gypsy) women from Romania. The Roma culture in Romania is faced with much discrimination, hatred and poverty, and are the outcasts across this Eastern European country. With this programme each woman is given encouragement, paid a fair amount for each beautiful necklace that they handmake, and receives spiritual guidance through a Bible study with Rachel.

 As Joy Beadz provides a job for these women, they are then able to help meet the needs of their families (and receive mentoring on how to make financially wise decisions). This project also helps to fight against the domestic abuse that many of the women we support (and many others in the Roma village) deal with daily. Joy Beadz is restoring HOPE and rebuilding a sense of self worth in our wonderful ladies and their families, as they live in a country that tells them daily that they are worthless.

Of Roma (Gypsy) women, 81% admitted to living with domestic abuse. Many Roma women care for up to 12 children in a 12x6 ft mud hut. Roma men often send their women to beg or into prostitution for income, yet they are beaten when they return for doing these exact things.

How does Joy Beadz work?

Every Joy Beadz necklace or bracelet comes with a small decorative gift bag and a card with a picture of the lady who made the Joybeadz, and their personal story. Each one of the 65 paper beads on a necklace is HANDMADE by the Roma ladies of Tinca. With every Joybeadz purchase, YOU are providing an employment opportunity, and bringing JOY to a poverty-stricken family while receiving a beautiful necklace that we hope will bring you years of happiness! The money for each necklace provides one of the ladies with a job.

Every week a group of ladies from the Roma village in Tinca come to the Isaiah Center for a meeting with a bible study, coffee and refreshments, a good session of bead making and usually a lot of laughter (sometimes with tears shared too). Also the ladies are given a 'pack up' bag of materials for making more beads at home, which they then return completed the following week.

The beads are handmade from rolled paper, and then subjected to a laquering process which make them tough enough to withstand use in a necklace. It is a time consuming, skillful but rewarding process for the Joybeadz ladies. "For the Lord your God will bless all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete." Deuteronomy 16:15

Our handmade paper Joybeadz provide employment and a source of encouragement for women in poverty, while aiding in our fight against the abuse they face, and is one of our most exciting and successful projects.

Forget Me Not Ministries Online Store

Forget Me Not Ministries now has an online store, with a range of our handmade Joy Beadz for sale. We believe this store is a two-part gift; a gift to you or a friend who receives the beautiful handmade paper bead necklaces, and a gift to the woman who made it, providing for her family.

If you would like to see our Joy Beadz products for sale, click the button below to go to our online store. Or scroll down to see photos of the ladies who make the Joy Beadz and videos showing the Joy Beadz project and testimonies of how this program has helped change lives.

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