Hi Friends,

What are we supposed to do when the world is blowing up before our very eyes? When babies in Syria are being gassed with chemicals, foaming at the mouth, and dying?

Cry. Pray. Lament.  And then do what women have always done during tragic times.  Get back up on our feet and find a way, some way, to help.  If the situation calls for it, buy lots of candles and soap.  I found a ministry, called Preemptive Love Coalition, that has boots on the ground in Syria. They bring relief to families fleeing war in the Middle East, help refugees rebuild their lives, and provide medical care for children.

Preemptive Love is the real deal, and last week they sent me an email with lovely handmade items to purchase – made by Iraqi women – to empower and support the women who have fled conflict zones in the Middle East.

These refugee-made gifts help Syrian and Iraqi women reclaim their lives from the ashes of war. Each product you buy turns ashes to opportunity and plants seeds of hope for the future.

Preemptive Love website

I couldn’t wait to order from them and my goodies arrived in just a few days. Check out these beauties:

Sisterhood Candles


I’ve never been happier with a purchase.  And I promise, they smell as fresh, clean and heavenly as they look.

Here is the link to the Preemptive Love gift shop in case you would like to order some beautiful handmade items for Mother’s Day, and help our sisters in the Middle East, all at the same time.



Written by Amy
Amy Shively Hawk is the author of Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam, with a foreword by John McCain. She lives in Hood River, Oregon, where she serves on the elder board and teaches bible classes at her local church. In the summer, she may be found on the sunny Columbia River windsurfing, paddle boarding, or doing SUP yoga with her husband Steve and their lively teenagers, Savanna and Cruise.