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Ellie Holcomb – As Sure as the Sun.

We are beyond thrilled for our dear friend Ellie Holcomb who is releasing her first full-length album today, As Sure as the Sun.

Ellie has supported Mocha Club through the years touring with her husband as a part of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, but has just recently ventured out as a solo artist.  Many of you may remember that Ellie traveled with us to Ethiopia last fall to see first-hand the work  she supports there.  She so beautifully wrote this post after the trip, trying to capture what she saw, felt, and experienced.  In the post she talks about one of the tracks off the new record, “Marvelous Light”, and how the lyrics are a reminder of her experience with the ladies of Women at Risk…

“I wrote the lyrics about my story, the way that God called me out of a life of having to pretend to have it all together and into the freedom of coming with all of my brokenness, with all of my burdens to the cross. I’ve found beautiful grace, and hope, and life, and purpose as I’ve discovered that it’s not about me having to be good enough. It’s all about God’s great goodness to us. And what I discovered this week in Ethiopia, was that my story is not much different from the women we met… I don’t mean to compare, or to say that I have any idea what it’s like to walk through what some of these women have and continue to face, but what I do know is that we are sisters. We know what it is to be broken and tired and weary and in need of great rescue, and we know what it is to be accepted and loved and healed and rescued by a great and loving God. We know that He can take broken things and make them beautiful.”

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And here is Ellie in Ethiopia singing the last song on the album, “I Want to be Free” .  After hearing some of their stories, she was asked to share with the women something on her own heart, and broke into this song. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, and this song will now always be a memory from our time there.

You can purchase As Sure as the Sun at assureasthesun.com.  And if you’re not a Mocha Club member yet, you can get Ellie’s latest EP, With You Now, for free by joining up with her team to support Women at Risk under our Economic Freedom area.

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#blogABLE: a recap.

blogABLE team Ethiopia 2013It’s so hard to summarize an experience like our #blogABLE trip into a neat, tidy blog post. It was an incredible, quick, packed, beautiful, exhausting, impacting week. We spent time with the courageous ladies going through rehabilitation at Women at Risk – we sang, we danced, we made guacamole. And we hugged necks and shared stories and drank coffee with the brave heroes at fashionABLE, who taught us how to work a loom and showed us that we don’t have to be defined by our past. We left with the reminder that while we may live an ocean apart, in different time zones and different circumstances, we are more connected than we could have ever imagined.

Below are some posts from the team, as they honestly process and reflect on what we experienced in Ethiopia on their own blogs.
Thanks again for following along with us…
-marisa

(more posts to be added as they come… also look back at the #blogABLE hashtag on twitter & instagram for pics!)

Gaby @whatsgabycookin // Ethiopia
Jenna @eatliverun // Ethiopia: On The Ground // What Ethiopia Taught Me // I Need Africa
Dana @possessionista // Photos From Ethiopia
Emily @emilymaynard // fashionABLE
Ellie @ellieholcomb // After Ethiopia
Shannan @flowerpatchfg // Ethiopia Days 1&2 // The Lighter Side // What Ethiopia Taught Me // I Need Africa
Hayley  @thetinytwig // Don’t You Love Africa? // Eyob
Erin @erinloechner // Dear Ethiopia // Thoughts From Ethiopia
Trina (virtual traveler) @lalalovelyblog // A Decorated Heart

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#blogABLE Twitter Chat!

Well, the #blogABLE team has made it safely to Ethiopia and, though a little exhausted, is soaking up every minute!  We’re sure you’re curious as to what it is they’re experiencing… the culture, the food, the people… and our projects on the ground! We’ll be asking the bloggers to share their experiences with both the rehabilitation work that Mocha Club funds, as well as the sustainable business that fashionABLE creates.

JOIN US tomorrow afternoon and ask your #blogABLE questions! The lovely Blair (@blairita) will be hosting the chat as our “virtual traveler” — keeping things orderly and organized — and the entire #blogABLE team will be LIVE with us online from Africa!

Tuesday, August 13: 2pm EST // 1pm CST // 11am PST >> twubs.com/blogABLE

And SUPER EXCITING news is you have the chance to win some pretty amazing stuff throughout the chat… like some jewelry from Emily Maynard’s collection, cookbooks from Jenna (“White Jacket Required”) and Gaby (“Absolutely Avocados”), and some fashionABLE swag! Blair will be announcing winners every 10 minutes, and as long as you’ve participated by asking a question here, you’re qualified to win!  (and word on the street is there is going to be a special discount code for the fashionABLE store given out during the chat sometime as well!)

Spread the word… and we’ll see you HERE tomorrow afternoon!

 

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#blogABLE: fashionABLE scarf giveaway!

We’re less than a week away from the #blogABLE trip! While our team is busy packing and preparing to leave, we thought we’d celebrate by offering the chance to win a FREE scarf! We’ve collaborated with fashionABLE, and are giving away a Meseret scarf to a lucky reader!

Entering is easy… just make sure you’re following all of Mocha Club and fashionABLE’s social media, and then leave us a comment with any international traveling/packing tips! Use the rafflecopter below to qualify for multiple entries.

Giveaway runs through midnight Thursday night, and a winner will be contacted Friday morning. Good luck!

 

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#blogABLE Guest Blogger: Ellie Holcomb.

We introduced you to her yesterday, and now hear from Ellie herself on how she got to this moment.
Ellie started a brand new blog over at blog.ellieholcomb.com where she’ll be documenting her thoughts on the trip, too! Be sure to check it out!

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I’ll never forget it. I had heard about Mocha Club and fashionable from several artist friends. I had heard Dave Barnes tell stories of how he visited Africa and was changed, stories of raising money to bring water to places where water was scarce, but I’ll never forget reading the stories of the women involved with Woman At Risk and fashionable for the first time. There I was on my laptop in a coffee shop with some $5.73 drink in my hand, and all of the sudden, I was transported, inspired, convicted, & changed. I read stories of women being abandoned, lost, fighting to provide for their families. I read stories of how the sticky fingers of prostitution promised provision but stole their dignity and their joy. I read stories of women who overcame obstacle after obstacle, with the help of Women at Risk and fashionABLE.

There is so much I take for granted, so much I don’t see in the world, and so many people who need help. I was amazed as these women told their stories online. Their words spoke of tragedy turned around, of broken things that had been healed, of life without hope slowly filled back up with hope again. There are so many who need help, & reading these women’s stories that day, I realized there are so many ways we can help. Thanks to the work that Mocha Club and fashionABLE do, you and me (with our AC and our hot coffees and our desire to help make a dent in the need) can help! Joy tears came quick. I felt connected with these women I had never met. Inspired by their strength, & compelled to be a part of their stories and many more stories to come, I signed up as a Mocha Club artist and have had the privilege of inviting you, our listeners and fans and friends, to join us in helping to re-write women’s stories. What a joy it has been, and what a dream come true it will be to finally meet these women face to face!

Yes, it’s true. I’ll be joining Mocha club and fashionABLE on a trip August 10-14th, called #blogABLE! We’ll be blogging and tweeting about these women, what they are up to, and how we need them more than they need us, to be reminded that strength and hope can prevail even in the face of great hardship & that we all can be a part of making the world a better place.Would you join me on this trip? I’d so love to share it all with you!
Love,
Ellie

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#blogABLE: Meet Blair!

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We are so stoked for blogABLE, our collaborative trip with fashionABLE. As we lead up to August, we’ll be introducing each of the team members here on the blog. Check out their sites and follow along on their social to see their first-hand experience in Ethiopia!

 

Meet Blair.

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Blair is the “virtual traveler” for the trip, staying stateside to help tell the stories we’re gathering in Ethiopia. She’ll also be moderating a LIVE TWITTER CHAT Tuesday, August 13 (save the date & stay tuned for details!) where you can ask the team your questions about Ethiopia, Mocha Club, & fashionABLE, using hashtag #blogABLE.
Blair blogs about her everyday life including motherhood, style, and faith over at wild and precious.  She lives in Nashville with her artist husband and toddler, and is currently growing out a pixie cut and growing baby #2 (due in September — hence the virtual traveler!)

Connect with Blair:

Twitter: @blairita

Instagram: @blairita

Facebook: facebook.com/wpblog

Pinterest: pinterest.com/wild-and-precious

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing each blogger.
Stay tuned and follow along at #blogABLE.

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#blogABLE: Meet Jenna!

blogABLE headerWe are so stoked for our blogABLE, our collaborative trip with fashionABLE. As we lead up to August, we’ll be introducing each of the team members here on the blog. Check out their sites and follow along on their social to see their first-hand experience in Ethiopia!

Meet Jenna.

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Jenna has been a food and lifestyle blogger at eatliverun.com for the past six years. She is a professional recipe developer and author of White Jacket Required. Jenna lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her new husband, and loves coffee, yoga, & Jesus.

Connect with Jenna:

Twitter: @eatliverun

Instagram: @eatliverun

Facebook: facebook.com/EatLiveRun

Pinterest:  pinterest.com/eatliverun

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing each blogger.
Stay tuned and follow along at #blogABLE.

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#blogABLE: Meet Trina!

blogABLE header We were so stoked to announce blogABLE — our collaborative trip with fashionABLE. As we lead up to August, we’ll be introducing each of the team members here on the blog. Check out their sites and follow along on their social media to see their first-hand experience in Ethiopia!

 

Meet Trina.

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Trina is a mom to 4, a freelance writer, style scout, and author of LaLaLovely blog.

 

Connect with Trina:

Twitter: @lalalovelyblog

Instagram: @lalalovelyblog

Facebook: facebook.com/lalalovelyblog

Pinterest:  pinterest.com/lalalovelyblog

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing each blogger.
Stay tuned and follow along at #blogABLE.

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#blogABLE: Meet Gaby!

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 We were so stoked to announce blogABLE — our collaborative trip with fashionABLE. As we lead up to August, we’ll be introducing each of the team members here on the blog. Check out their sites and follow along on their social media to see their first-hand experience in Ethiopia!

 

Meet Gaby.

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Gaby is a trained chef, recipe developer and food/lifestyle writer based in Los Angeles. Her blog, WhatsGabyCooking.com features original recipes and images that inspire and delight even the pickiest of palates, along with anecdotes from Gaby’s life on-the-go. Her first cookbook, Absolutely Avocados, celebrates her uncontrollable obsession with nature’s most perfect food: the avocado.

Connect with Gaby:

Twitter: @whatsgabycookin

Instagram: @whatsgabycookin

Facebook: facebook.com/WhatsGabyCooking

Pinterest:  pinterest.com/whatsgabycookin

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing each blogger. Stay tuned and follow along at #blogABLE.

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#blogABLE: Meet Dana!

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 We were so stoked to announce blogABLE — our collaborative trip with fashionABLE. As we lead up to August, we’ll be introducing each of the team members here on the blog. Check out their sites and follow along on their social media to see their first-hand experience in Ethiopia!

 

Meet Dana.

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Dana Weiss is a former publicist turned stay at home mom who combined her two passions – shopping and television – into the popular TV fashion blog Possessionista.com which gives viewers the opportunity to ask their favorite TV characters and reality TV personalities “what are you wearing?” When she’s not playing armchair fashion police to the cast of the Bachelor, the Pretty Little Liars or the cast of Scandal, Dana lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, their two sons and Kirby the Wonder Mutt.

Connect with Dana:

Twitter: @possessionista

Instagram: @possessionista

Facebook: facebook.com/possessionista

Pinterest:  pinterest.com/possessionista

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing each blogger. Stay tuned and follow along at #blogABLE.