Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:19
Mumbai has one of Asia's largest red-light districts.
Trafficking of minor girls is a $1-billion-a-year industry in Mumbai.
The average price of sex in the red-light district is $8.
These statistics are rather chilling. I know sometimes when you hear such daunting figures your 1st reaction is to shut down. “What can I do?” Actually, you can do quite a bit. You can partner with organizations that are on the ground. International Sanctuary (ISanctuary Mumbai) is a group that goes into Mumbai and meets the woman where she is at. They walk alongside her as she begins her long journey towards restoration. They offer shelter, training, counseling, employment, and more importantly they love her as Jesus would. Purpose is the income generating project that helps build dignity and empowers her to start re-building her life.
So, let me tell you about the beautiful jewelry that they make. It’s simple. It’s timeless. It’s elegant. I love how the pieces are understated and would be something that I would wear for a long time to come. You have been asking for rings and know that I have heard you! They make a beautiful ring called the Current. You will definitely want to own one in silver and gold.
We are excited to announce our new partnership with Purpose! Now available at our Oak Street location and online.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:07
NEW COUNTRY AND NEW GROUP ALERT!! Imagine a 10 year old girl living on the streets. No one take care of her. She sniffs glue to get high and numb the hunger pain she feels. She does what she has to to survive and in many cases she is abused and preyed upon. This story can honestly be from any undeveloped country anywhere in the world. But in this instance, this is Angela's story and she lives in San Salvador in El Salvador. She is one of the lucky ones. She was introduced to Mission to El Salvador and that's where her story changes. Mission to El Salvador is all about relationship building and community engagement. They work to discover and address core issues of inner city poverty in order to restore dignity and safety to hurting and exploited Salvadorans. What we love is not only are they concerned with physical and mental needs, they are also focused on sharing Jesus.
One of their initiatives is creating cards. They do something very interesting called quilling. What's that? It's where you take strips of paper and you roll it and create decorative designs. I fell in love with not only the design but what the card represented, giving someone hope, dignity, and a chance at a new life.
We are excited to have Mission to El Salvador join The Marketplace family! Come to the Oak Street location and check it out!! Cost? $5 Gotta say my favorite is the little duck. What a cute baby shower card!
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 17:15
The other day I got the opportunity to speak to a Mom's group. Sure, I was going to tell them about The Marketplace and share stories about traveling to see our artisans. That's easy. What's not easy is having to share a personal story and telling them something that God had impressed on my heart to share.
Many years ago before I started The Marketplace, I studied many different groups to learn about sustainability. I had a 3 week trip planned to go to West Africa; 1 week inSenegal and 2 weeks in Ghana. I remember being in Senegal, being so lonely and mind you this was before everyone and their grandma had a smart phone, I thought why did I leave my family to do all of this research. Was it worth it? As I unpacked my suitcase, I saw a letter. I opened and read it. If was from my son Nick. He said, "I already miss you but I know why you go. You are helping the poor and they need you. I love you. Nick". Well, I lost it but it made me feel good to know that he supported what I did. What was important to me was also important to him. I still have that letter.
God wanted me to impress on the moms in the room that their most important job is to raise the next generation of world changers. Don't tell them how to do it, model it. Many times kids don't listen but they sure watch. As I was thinking about my post this morning, I felt God say, "Someone needs to hear that today." When you don't feel like what you do as a mom is making a difference, know this you have the potential to make a world of difference.