Meet Missional Moms!

This is where the site features women like you! Here you will meet mothers who have sent in their stories and suggestions for how to live missionally. Come, read, and be inspired! (And submit your own story!)

A Mom AND Clean Water Advocate

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Tell me a little about yourself!

Hello! My name is Moree Scofield. In true twitter profiling style here's the short of me: I'm a wife, a mother of 3 (2 boys and a girl), a lover of Christ, a believer in redemption and an advocate for clean water for the world.

My husband has introduced me to your blog as he's a follower and likes to keep me up-to-speed on all things momma-blogging and progressive. We like to laugh about the fact that I've basically been under a rock the last 6 years raising our children (6,4,2), growing our food and tending to our home. He's been the go between for me and reality. After a short trip to Haiti last year my life got rocked and I came out from under "my rock" to explore the world of entrepreneurism and social justice! Now I spend my days growing my business, dLO water, and telling myself it's okay for the kids to eat a pop tart sometimes because darnit I don't have time to make breakfast from scratch anymore- I've got more important fish to fry like helping those darling kids in Haiti get clean drinking water! My husband and kids have joined me in this venture and together as a family we have embraced the world's water crisis as a cause of our own and seek to help put an end to it.

dLO water is a for profit company I founded. We sell (at retailers) a 100% biodegradable bottled water and the profits go to our charity, dLO charities, where funds are delegated to communities in critical need of clean water. We help drill wells and provide purification systems.

What makes you a Missional Mom?

My passion to see an end to the world’s water crisis and the fact that my children have come to share that passion with me. They are a part of the story.

Hosting Trunk Shows, Helping Orphans

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Tell me a little about yourself!

My mother was the crafty kind. While she spent hours making wreaths, flower arrangements, and Christmas bells, I worked beside her making bandana banana clips and silver conch earrings (did I mention this was the 80's!) Most little girls had lemonade stands. I, on the other hand, had jewelry stands.

At age 14, I took a trip with my church to help with a VBS in the inner city of Washington DC. It was there, 2 miles from the White House, that I witnessed injustice for the first time. I knew then that my life would be spent working on behalf of the oppressed in some way. 1 year later, I traveled to Kenya where I walked through the Nairobi slums and witnessed first hand what life was like without running water, toilets, and hope. I also held my first orphan.

Much to my mother's displeasure, I came home a hippie. Where was the little girl interested in jewelry and makeup? Instead, I held rallies at school to raise money for education in Kenya. Somewhere along the way, however, I rediscovered my joy in fashion and style. Too well trained in the art of shopping, the hippie phase couldn't stick forever.

After college, I volunteered in Bolivia and Guatemala with Food for the Hungry. This is when I discovered that entrepreneurship was as old as the garden of Eden when God told Adam and Eve to produce bounty from what He had given them. I spent days walking beside Quechua women hand spinning yarn from wool. I fell in love with the vibrant markets of Guatemala. I learned that all people were created in the image of God and had the ability to take a seed and make it grow. I learned that entrepreneurship was sustainable and aid was not.

Fast forward through my inspiring marriage and 2 kids to a trip to Uganda with my husband in January of 2010. We visited several friends working there, volunteered at a couple of children's homes and rafted the Nile river. In Uganda, we heard the call to adopt internationally. We were also given the opportunity to sell African Style products in America. The gracious founders, Downie and Bobbie Mickler, donated product to help us raise money for our Rwandan adoption.

What makes you a Missional Mom?

My first Noonday Collection trunk show was so much fun, it was like I discovered a dream I never knew I possessed. And for a planner, that was a pleasant surprise! I love helping women feel beautiful and have fun, I love giving other women a voice, and I love getting to share God’s heart for the orphan.

The hilarious part is that, before this, I had never hosted a trunk show in my life! What I love about direct sells through trunks shows is that I get to invite other women into the story of satisfying the needs of the oppressed. I get to help women like you live out what God calls all people to do, “plead the cause of the orphan.” Plus, I get to help women look really stylish along the way!

While I am no longer raising money for our adoption (though more adoptions may come), the vision remains the same. We advocate for the orphan by:

  • Providing jobs that create a pathway out of poverty for women. A stable income means a family is less likely to abandon their child.
  • Helping families fundraise for their own adoptions. We give 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.

Aside from donating 10% towards qualified adoptive families, Noonday Collection gives net proceeds towards orphan care and prevention. Watch the video to see one of our main beneficiaries.

The dream: Take YOU on a trip to visit artisans and visit orphans in their distress.

Moving to My “Nazareth”

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Tell me a little about yourself!

I am the mother of two wonderful boys, James (21 mos.) and Liam (2 mos.) & my husband is on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at ECU. Through the generosity of a close friend I'm able to stay at home with my kids during this season of my life but I'm searching for ways to serve that will also supplement our income. In the past I've worked at a daycare but I'm hoping that I'll be able to bake for a local coffee shop & avoid enrolling my kids in daycare for now.

What makes you a Missional Mom?

My husband I feel like God is calling us to move to West Greenville. West Greenville could be described as a Nazareth. The people who live there are lower-income and many would describe that part of town as “the bad part”. Hurricane Irene recently made her mark on our part of the state. Unfortunately while the local news station gave a lot of coverage to a nearby house that had a tree come through the roof of a bedroom whose owner had evacuated, no coverage was given to the many trees that caused destruction in West Greenville. When the university decided to “revitalize” downtown, they focused on the main strip parents might drive down toward campus, pushing lower-income families back. Every week at church I feel like the songs we sing are reminders of God’s faithfulness. I have to ask myself, “did he conquer the grave, or didn’t he?” Reading The Missional Mom helped me put into words what I’ve already been thinking: following God doesn’t guarantee safety & God protecting us doesn’t mean that nothing bad will happen. But if the unthinkable happens in my family, “did Jesus conquer the grave, or didn’t he?” And he did. And I have to trust him. And mostly, I have to obey.

My husband already knows people whose hearts are tender toward West Greenville. We’ve been in contact with them and are hoping they’ll be able to help us chose exactly where to move. Our current apartment’s lease ends November 1st and we’re hoping to give our 30day notice October 1st.

Mostly, I’d say that reading The Missional Mom helped me put my finger on why I was feeling discontent in my role as a SAHM, something that I always thought I wanted. I’ve begun to pray that God will show me where to serve & in response He’s softened my heart & pushed me toward obedience. I have more grace in supporting my husband as he serves IVCF & I’m more at peace at the prospect of working wherever God calls me, knowing that I won’t just be paying the bills, but serving the Kingdom.

Christmas and Easter Parties for a Purpose

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Tell me a little about yourself!

I am married to Dwayne and am  a stay-at-home mom to 4 kiddos, ages 8, 7, and 5 1/2 year old twins. I taught in the Texas public school system for 8 years, taking a year off after the first 5 years to join staff with East West Ministries, Int'l. There, I coordinated short term mission trips and traveled to Spain, Russia, and a socialistic island in the caribbean. In 2003, I resigned from teaching school to stay at home with our first son. Before he turned 3 years old, we had a daughter and our twin boys....4 kiddos under the age of 3! Our lives have been rather BUSY ever since!

What makes you a Missional Mom?

During our oldest son’s kindergarten year, we began hosting Christmas and Easter parties in our home, inviting the kiddos in his class. At the parties, we do some fun activities, and also each guest leaves our home having heard the true meaning of the holiday as well as a clear Gospel presentation. We’ve been doing this for the past 3 years, and I have also been training/teaching/encouraging others in doing the same. I also began a Good News Club at our school, a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship. We’ve had the program for 3 semesters and have grown to having about 80 in attendance. The word that  would best describe a theme in my life the past few years is ENGAGE. With the encouragement of my prayer partner of almost 16 years and a friend whom I met on our school’s playground, WeeEngage was launched in mid-January. I am praying to be able to get into churches and women’s groups such as MOPS to speak and encourage women in hosting simple parties with a significant impact. I am currently writing a book about how all of this got its start as well as basic steps in hosting these kinds of parties. My website is www.weeengage.com.

Taking Small and Giant Leaps for God

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Tell me a little about yourself!

I am a mother of three small kids - 5, 4, and 1. I actually never set out to have the life I currently have! God decided it was time for me to change directions and in a few short years, my life changed drastically from a corporate, full time employee to a stay at home mom! 

Though feeling like a fish out of water, I took on my new role with as much gusto as I could muster and tried everything to be a great mom. And somewhere along the way, I completely lost sight of my primary calling as a follower of Christ. Especially in those early years, motherhood can consume us. It becomes EVERYTHING. And somewhere I think I learned that it was supposed to be...the world certainly supports that message. 

I LOVE that Helen has come out with a book to help moms get back on track! It was exactly what I needed to hear at exactly the time when I was beginning to question everything about the way I was doing motherhood. I am excited to live a life of adventure and purpose that pours out of a love relationship with Christ. When he gets a hold of your heart, you are no longer satisfied to live like the world!

What makes you a Missional Mom?

I am taking some small steps to begin living more missionally. I am starting a study at my church on Helen’s book. My intention is that, as I lay the foundation and remind mothers of our primary calling, we will be able to begin living it out in our lives. I have some projects lined up that I will be doing with the moms as we go along in the study. My long term goal is to start a Kids Care Club at my church in which I’ll be organizing projects where families can serve together.

I will also be taking on GIANT leap this summer as I am going to be jumping out of an airplane for the very first time!!! I have a friend with TWO children who are terminally ill. They desperately need to raise funds to build a home more suitable for the devastating effects of their childrens’ disorder. As a creative way to raise money, I decided that, instead of running a marathon, I’d go skydiving! I am taking the leap on July 23 and hope to raise 1,000 dollars for my friends.

Thanks Helen for reminding us that life and faith are to be LIVED OUT with Jesus at the center. Our kids will only be better for it in the end when we get our priorities straight!