For the past ten years, I have traveled to Cuba to help lead a Pastor’s Wives Conference. Each year we focus on a different theme, and last May, our theme verses were:
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8
I wanted a way to help the ladies visualize adding these spiritual qualities to their lives. So, I purchased a mannequin from a local craft store (I wasn’t even a Premier Jeweler yet!) and starting experimenting “dressing” the mannequin at home with different items to represent these spiritual qualities. I used scarves, belts, purses, etc. but thought that pretty jewelry could add some bling. I contacted “my jewelry lady,” Robin Weber (pictured right with Wendy), and asked her if she had any samples or jewelry I could purchase to take to Cuba. I also wanted to give gifts of jewelry to the team of ladies who helped me in each of the three locations of the conferences. Jewelry is very scarce in Cuba and a much sought after item. I knew Premier jewelry would be the perfect gift!
Well, Robin came over to my house and blew me away! She brought a lot of jewelry with her, “samples” she said, and we went through it choosing items we thought appropriate to take to Cuba. When it was all said and done, I had over forty pieces of new jewelry to take to Cuba! Most of it she donated, but she did allow me to purchase some for the grand total of $40. After she left, I cried and thanked the Lord for sending Robin to bless me and the women of Cuba.
About a week later, I left for my 10-day trip and traveled the island to do the conferences. There were an average of 120-150 women at each location. Most of the pastor’s wives are very young, between ages 20-35, and handle a tremendous amount of responsibility. Many travel for several days to arrive at the location. At each conference the mannequin and her outfits were a big hit! As each spiritual quality was named, a new piece of an outfit was added until “Cachita” (our mannequin) was fully dressed and prepared for the day. Each spiritual quality would be fully explored with teaching and worship songs or skits.
Premier jewelry was part of this presentation with the “Curtain Call” necklace representing virtue (or goodness) as well as the “Elaine” earrings representing brotherly kindness. At the end of each conference I would present Premier jewelry all wrapped up in a pretty gift bag as gifts to 7-10 ladies. They were astounded to receive such nice jewelry. I don’t remember all the jewelry given out, but I do remember these pieces made their way to Cuba: the Prim necklace, the Cayenne necklace and earrings set, the Beach Glass necklace and earrings set, the Riviera necklace, the Pastel Perfection necklace, the City Lights necklace, and the Silver Ice necklace. As you can see, Robin gave me the “good stuff,” not just old outdated items that had seen better days. The women of Cuba were truly blessed!
As I returned home in early summer I started contemplating the idea of the need in Cuba and possibly earning a little extra money to help me pay for these conferences and other things I help with in Cuba. I prayed about it for several months and discussed it with my husband. I started investigating Premier by looking on their website and discovered a special for new jewelers that joined during the month of August. I called Robin on the phone and surprised her by asking her if she could talk with me about becoming a new jeweler. On August 31, 2015 I paid my fees, purchased my premier boutique, and became a new Jeweler! I am now in the process of completing the QuickStart 12 and should complete my first 12 shows by the end of this week!
I believe Robin demonstrated all the qualities that Premier Designs hope their Jewelers represent. She was kind and very generous to women she had never met and was a blessing to me when I was simply one of her hostesses that held several shows for her. I believe that went a long way in my decision to become a Jeweler. Robin has continued to be a great “Premier Mom” by leading me with great patience and by modeling how to be a Jeweler.
Next May, I will return to Cuba with another team of women to lead one big conference at a campground. We expect another 300-400 in attendance. This year I am praying and hoping to gift each woman with a piece of Premier Jewelry. In some of my shows, I’ve incorporated an opportunity for women to donate a piece of jewelry of their choice (at Jeweler’s price). The response has been very good!