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To accompany pilgrims through the mountains and valleys of their journeys, we’ve had to first allow Christ to begin to lead us along our own path to restoration. For years, we have been developing our voices and our gifts so that we may bring others to Him for healing. In due season, God has led each teammate here to build the Little With Great Love community and pursue the mission of restoration. Here is how our story began...

Founder, Lisa Martinez, set up an Etsy shop for her Mother-in-Law’s crochet items named Little With Great Love.

An artist, but not one trained in graphic design, Lisa’s first solo branding project was to develop the original logo (below). After all the work of setting up the shop, sales were sparse.

That same year Lisa & Mike Martinez started illuvint LLC, a boutique digital marketing company, which she ran from their home in Dallas. A startup, this required the majority of time and energy.


2012

illuvint Co-Owners, Lisa & Mike Martinez

2014

While reflecting on a friend’s post in a private Facebook group for Catholics with infertility, the Holy Spirit inspired Lisa to write a scripture-based infertility devotional. Not the book she wanted to write, she jotted the idea down and put it aside.

A fruit born from the work of illuvint, iAmplify, a nonprofit to support building capacity in religious organizations began to form.

The Martinezes bought their first home and moved down to Austin, Texas.   


2015


2017

1 of many hospitalizations for Lisa’s Dad

Paperwork was filed with the IRS, and in March, iAmplify became an official 501c3 nonprofit.

In May, Richard, Lisa’s Dad, became gravely ill. After months of traveling back and forth to Florida, they moved him to Austin. God was clear: Lisa’s hands needed to let go of working on growing her business and nonprofit and hold onto her father’s as they began to prepare for his journey Home.

Knowing she also needed to focus on self-care, the mental health major returned to counseling. Lisa began Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with a Catholic Psychologist trained to help treat victims of trauma.

The Holy Spirit resurrected the idea for Lisa to write the infertility devotional, and numerous confirmations followed. While caring for her little trinity–herself, dad, and husband–the slow and initially painful process of researching, writing and revising began.


2018


2019


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Richard passed away, reunited with his wife, on March 13th.

Support from Mike and family & friends were healing balm. Finishing EMDR Therapy, Lisa found the reprocessing of childhood trauma life-changing. Writing the devotional, based on her experience of grief over the loss of her parents and suffering 8-years of infertility, gave her pain an outlet and a purpose.

Lisa felt Christ, the “wounded healer,” calling her deeper into healing ministry. As Mother Teresa explains it, “the call within the call.”

The vision of Little With Great Love began to expand. The Holy Spirit connected our Founder with other infertile couples to interview them to share their stories. He also drew her together with other women in various states of life, striving and suffering in their own vocations. Through vulnerability and healing prayer, restoration was occurring.

Realizing that our stories can help others on their journey toward restoration, the mission of Little With Great Love was born. Lisa began assembling a team and preparing everything.


2020

A band of disciples launched the ministry, ready to share their gifts and stories. Stories that were for the glory of God to accompany others amidst their joys and sorrows. We began the work of bringing all things to Christ to order, heal, and restore.

The Holy Spirit has had so much more in store than we imagined! Won’t YOU join us on the journey?

Check out a few Little With Great Love highlights since we launched in 2020:

Founder, is a disciple, wife, spiritual mother, storyteller and silly heart. She loves creative mediums that range from writing, drawing, painting, design, singing, playing guitar, sewing, crafting, and baking. Her roles include entrepreneur, non-profit founder, and writer. Her calling is to bring restoration in Christ to the broken. She lives in Austin with her mountain-man husband, Mike, who she loves to travel through life with as well as around the world.