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Today’s guest post is written by author Sarah Donegan. She shares with us her heart for helping the poor and supporting Fair Trade.
During this holiday season, how do you and your family plan on helping or supporting the families around you that are struggling to provide for their families?
Shop Fair Trade this Christmas
How do we get so off course with Christmas? We start with good intentions, but end up completely focused on the wrong things. Between Christmas parties, shopping, and planning where we will be on the big day, the big picture gets lost in the minutiae.
Since we will probably not cut out gift giving, why not give gifts that make a difference?
Proverbs 19:17 says, “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done.”
Psalm 41:1 says, “Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble.”
God clearly tells us to help the poor all throughout the Bible, and Christmas is no time to overlook those words. Here are some fair trade sites to get you started.
*One of my favorite fair trade companies is Mercy House Kenya (mercyhouseglobal.org). Mercy House began out of a need to help struggling and abandoned teenage mothers in Kenya. At Mercy House, they are educated, trained, and loved. These girls are cared for and given a life they never thought possible. I especially love their jewelry.
*Three Cords Haiti (www.threecordshaiti.com) employs Haitians with disabilities and at-risk women. They make amazing purses!
*Joyn (www.joynindia.com) has beautiful items handmade in India, such as bags and scarves.
*The Refugee Project (www.therefugeeproject.net) allows women from all over the world to make a life for themselves and their families in the United States. I adore the hat and scarf I have from them!
*Eternal Threads (www.eternalthreads.org) employs women in India, Nepal, Thailand, Madagascar, and Afghanistan. These women are at risk of extreme poverty, trafficking and other forms of exploitation but are instead providing a sustainable life for their families.
A few other fair trade companies are:
I hope this has got you thinking about helping the poor this Christmas season.
We have so much and can truly make a difference when we purchase fair trade.
Buying unique handmade items from someone who is trying to support their family is a wonderful way to give them hope and show them they are seen. Jesus loves them and so do we.
Please use this Christmas to love God and love others.
Do you shop Fair Trade? Or what about local small businesses?
Sarah Donegan is a wife, mom, and lover of Jesus. She grew up a tea drinker but switched to coffee once kids came along. Now that her girls are in school, she is embracing the plans God has for her instead of trying to force her own that just don’t fit right. When she isn’t singing or reading, she is probably writing. You can find her at her Blog and Facebook.