We Know God Called Us to Premier!

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Rebecca and Brad were recognized in last month’s issue as Top Sponsors in the Nation for January!

by Rebecca Southern

2 Diamond Designer, Alabama

When I began my Premier journey over five years ago, I was on crutches. After a horseback-riding accident and surgery just months before, I was having a difficult recovery. Since then, I have had three more surgeries. Two of those were in 2014. Also, through my exposure in Premier to the concept of “servant leadership,” I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership ( I graduate in May!). Plus, Brad and I have three boys, whom we homeschool. The oldest was diagnosed as bipolar at age seven, but just recently received a new diagnosis of high-functioning autism. Our Premier family has been huge in walking with us through these trials.

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Rebecca and Brad with their three sons: Alexander, 2, Gabriel, 11, and Micah, 12.

Premier has been a major influence in our life through the example of the Horner Family and marketing staff, and also our local leaders, upline, downline and sideline. Our Premier family is our closest circle of friends. They have become the people with whom we do life. They are the ones who helped us celebrate the birth of our third son, as well as the first ones to volunteer to bring food and offer help during my two surgeries last year. It has influenced us positively, in that while we were already walking with Christ, it brought a new level of integrity into our lives that we hadn’t previously experienced. We have loved sharing Christ and His plan of salvation through our business with others. Our business is not just a way to pay our bills, but it is truly our ministry. We know God has called us to Premier to be a light for others. We are humbled at the amazing things God is doing in us and through us.

During my first four years with Premier I continued to work my full-time job, but this past August, God called us to take the leap of faith and work Premier full time—both of us! Our current goals are to sponsor two new Jewelers a month and hold at least eight shows per month. I was able to attend Regional Rally, in a wheelchair pushed by Brad, and in the last two weeks of January, we not only achieved the Consistency Challenge, but also sponsored four new Jewelers! We give God all the glory for our harvest! Recently we reached our goal of Designer Circle and qualified for the Designer Trip to Canada. We are striving for Four Diamond Designer and praying to celebrate our 10th Anniversary on the Cabo trip! Our theme is “Pray as if it depends on God and work as if it depends on us!”

 

irish-blessingSaint Patrick – A Man of Faith!

Saint Patrick – patron saint of Ireland. Did you know that he wasn’t born in Ireland? At a young age, pirates kidnapped him and many others from their homes in Great Britain and sold them into slavery in Ireland. During those six years when he was mostly imprisoned, he dreamed of seeing God. In his dreams, God told him how to escape. He followed God’s plan and returned home to Britain where he became a bishop. Again he dreamed, this time about returning to Ireland to tell them about God.

His ministry covered all of Ireland, from the north to the south, from the poorest to the royal families. He was confident in the Lord with untiring zeal. He set up schools, churches and monasteries during the 20 years he served the Irish. He was beloved and his life is celebrated each year on March 17th.

When I was growing up in Ireland, I remember how everyone always made the day such a big deal. It was a big celebration. What a difference Saint Patrick made in the lives of the Irish people—one man, obedient to God’s call, preaching the gospel and changing a nation. We can enjoy our own celebrations with laughter and songs and blarney and shamrocks, but the real meaning of Saint Patrick’s Day is rooted in a man dedicated to sharing the gospel.

As we reach out together to enrich every life we touch, let’s thank God for the opportunity to provide a service, encouragement, affirmation, recognition and appreciation.

Andy_siloGreenHatHappy Saint Patrick’s Day from an Irishman who loves and appreciates you. May God
bless you!

Andy Horner

Co-Founder & CSO

 

You Can’t Out Give God

Joan_&_Andy_-_kids When we signed up in Premier in August of 1986, we were looking for something for Pauline to do when we started a family, so she would be able to quit her job and still have some money coming in. We were so excited with the opportunity Premier provided for income and friendships. We never knew the incredible impact Premier, as well as Joan and Andy, would have in our lives!!!

There was just something amazing about spending time with the Horners that changed our perspective on many things. Their love and compassion for others and their concern to help people know Jesus has been an incredible testimony. It was special having them in our home. Andy has always loved getting to know the Premier Leadership personally. It was amazing how Joan remembered our kids’ names and asked about them by name each time we were together! It was amazing for our kids to know them as well since they grew up hearing stories about Joan and Andy.

Growing up around a lot of pastors, I saw them act differently in public than they did in private. But being around Joan and Andy for over 25 years, I saw what it meant to live a real and genuine life. It was humbling when they would call us personally and pray along with us about our personal, non-Premier lives – whether it was about a job, the kids, or moving back to Texas! I remember one time Andy cared enough to call and pray with me when when I was working long hours and traveling a lot – getting frustrated and burned out at work. That meant so much to me.

From the beginning, Andy has never talked about making money or achieving titles, only about enriching lives by loving others and helping them succeed – making money would happen as a by-product. He said remember that God created everyone with value and worth! He always talked about people needing a dose of hope!

Joan and Andy had a profound impact in our lives. These are just a few of the things they have taught us about over the years:

  1. Loving and Serving others - expecting nothing in return. For most people this is not easy to do, but they were such loving examples of how to repeatedly show love.
  2. Accepting others – as they are. They constantly set the example of letting others know what they believe, but they accepted them as they were because Christ accepted us.
  3. Keeping It Personal - We implemented Joan’s mission early on in our Premier career. It is a great feeling appreciating and caring for others by writing notes and being a part of their lives.
  4. Being a Servant Leader - They were always putting others first, even in difficult situations. I will never forget the time we went to Florida and Andy served as our bellman.
  5. You can’t out give God - The more you give away, the more God blesses you. We have been able to see them live this out in their lives in numerous instances. They were just the most giving people we have ever been around.

Joan and Andy were incredible business leaders – but more than anything, they had such practical advice for loving people where they were and encouraging people! When you think about it – their legacy can have a profound impact on your life!!!Toronto Loving people, encouraging them to be all God called them to be, doing life together – you will build a business.

It was so refreshing and impressive to witness their concern for others and then giving of their financial resources. They genuinely and faithfully have lived out their motto – you can’t out give God!!

Because of the example that Joan and Andy lived, they have had a tremendous impact in our lives towards local and national missionaries! Their example has given us a passion to use our time, talent and treasure for missions.

I can’t even imagine where our lives would be without the examples of Joan and Andy Horner, as well as being a part of Premier Designs!

 

 Kent and Pauline Meier joined the Premier Family in August of 1986 and are 7 Diamond Designers serving in Colleyville, TX. They received our 2003 Servant Leader Award, Pauline is our 1994 Princess and Kent our 2013 Mr. Premier. 

Premier is our family ministry.

by Lacy Basford, a 6 Diamond Designer from Florida
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I had only ever dreamed of being a teacher and earned my Master’s degree in education. Then I had two little girls. It’s funny how having kids changes things. After kids, I knew I wanted to be home with them during the early years, but Jonathan and I were buying our first home and were $200 short on our budget. I started Premier to make up the difference in our budget so I could continue staying at home with our two young girls.

One of my very best friends, Charyl Hermann, had become a Premier Designs Jeweler almost exactly one year prior, and she spent that year telling me what Premier was paying for and what an incredible company Premier is. She really just wouldn’t hush and I am so glad she didn’t. That’s why, in September of 2009, I became a Premier Jeweler without ever having been to a show or seeing the jewelry in person!

I was so fearful that I wouldn’t be able to sell $400 worth of jewelry each month to make the $200 we needed to make our budget… who would buy that much jewelry? But sure enough, for the first year of our business, Premier was meeting our monthly $200 need and more. I learned to make bookings my priority.

Finding, practicing, and owning a solid booking activity, plus learning how to overcome objections, was the key to success for me. I learned not to worry about retail…retail always comes.

Exactly one year after I became a Jeweler, the company Jonathan worked for went bankrupt and closed down. It was an unexpected blow. However, it didn’t surprise God. The month prior to this unexpected news, I held 10 Jewelry Shows—more than double what I normally did. The money I made from those shows paid all of our bills that first month Jonathan received no paycheck.

For another 10 months, God miraculously provided our every need, mainly through Premier, while Jonathan searched for a job.

Through this time we began to see Premier Designs as something God had given us instead of something we had to do, and it was something He had called us to instead of something we had chosen.

Through Jonathan’s year of unemployment, our marriage took a hard hit. God grabbed a hold of us at a marriage retreat and clearly showed us that He was the one closing every door in Jonathan’s job search, and the one He was leaving open was Premier. We became obedient to what God wanted and recommitted to putting God in the center of our marriage. Later that year, we earned a week-long cruise from Premier for free. That cruise was a celebration for us. We had come through an extremely difficult time in our marriage. It marked the celebration of God’s DESIGN for our lives!

We have seen God use Premier Designs to provide financially, draw people to Jesus, provide friendships, strengthen marriages, and so much more. Premier is a business, but it is also a ministry. Being a small part of what God is doing in the lives of people is now why we do Premier. For us, it is our family ministry. We didn’t choose it, but we are so glad God chose it for us.

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