Steve and Lisa Stucky started Mavuno Market in 2011 as a way to create jobs for women and men in developing nations.
They began purchasing handmade goods from developing nations such as Haiti, Rwanda, Tanzania, India, and Zambia. Lisa was priviliged to visit most of our partnerships and meet the artisans face to face. Through all her travels, she found that orphan prevention is often directly tied to job creation. Buying and selling goods was most certainly helping combat the orphan crisis, but they hoped to find a way to do more to help. First of all, they hoped that they could find a long-term sustainable way to create jobs. Secondly, they wanted to make a difference in their backyard, not only across the world.
As a result, in 2013, they started Passion for Orphans, as a way to minister to foster and adoptive moms, along with those who are actively involved in orphan care. We hosted our first retreat in Estes Park, Colorado, in April 2013.
Now, retreats are offered annually in September in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Lisa works alongside a planning team of adoptive
and foster moms to seek God and pray about the details of each retreat.
In 2017, after much prayer and consideration, they merged Mavuno Market and Passion for Orphans into one ministry, Beckoned.
At Beckoned, we exist to draw near to our Savior, as He beckons us to come
So that we might strengthen our families, serve our community, and share the love of Jesus with the world.
We live this out through a wide variety of events, of which most are hosted on our property in Evergreen.