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Market Colors is an online store and nonprofit organization. Our team collaborates with craftsmen in Africa and India to create handmade products that will sell well throughout the world. We exist to equip African men and women with a sustainable income, generated through the sale of their products.

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Market Colors Retreat 2014

Lizzie Randazzo

by Michelle Hockenbrocht

Fro-yo, Fish Bowl, and Free Willy.  Here are just a few words to explain our time in Cocoa Beach. Last week the Market Colors team enjoyed two days off to relax and bond as a team. Lizzie, Robyn, Erin, and I packed up our coolers, drove to the beach, grabbed Pub-Subs (Publix sub sandwiches for those Northerners like myself who didn’t know), and spent time together on the beach. I knew this quick retreat would be a lot of fun, but I did not anticipate how much the team would grow closer together during thirty-six hours. From watching Free Willy, to laughing until we cried while playing Fish Bowl, we all bonded over little things besides our similar and stronger bond, Market Colors.

Since the beginning of the summer, the team has been reading through the book The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg. On the retreat we were able to discuss the next section of the book and continue to grow together in Christ. This part of the trip stood out to me. While we enjoy being together and strive to expand this mission we each believe in, we remember what is most important. Our faith. I appreciate that aside from the organization, we have a common belief that comes first. This retreat also made the strong foundation of this organization even more apparent to me. The selfless goal to create sustainability for craftsmen has been very apparent in just the few weeks I have been exposed to the ins and outs of this unwavering aspiration. From trips to Fro-yo and taking pictures for Instagram, every detail of this trip was an encouragement. I have the opportunity for a few short months to work with ladies that demonstrate integrity, are passionate about life and their work, and can laugh at themselves over their own quirks. So, while this post is not about all of the inside jokes we have from our MC Cocoa Beach takeover, it does provide a glimpse into the character of the team. Our small team of four grew closer than before and we are eager for the next phase of Market Colors.