A 40-year-old mom with seven kids who is tired of people saying, "My, you have your hands full." But mostly she's just tired.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Laundry Washing World Changer
This women is an artisan in a residential program in Tennessee that provides housing, food, dental, medical, therapy, education and job training for women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution and addiction.
I think most people want to make a difference in the lives of others, but often they don't know how.
That was me.
Wanting to make a difference in my home, in my new community, in the world, but completely unaware of how to do it. I wanted to fulfill the commandment of Christ to make disciples in all the nations. It was a command I had been neglecting. I knew this command went deeper than monetary support with our sponsor child and missionary support. He was calling me to take action. I was excited at the prospect and wanted to get messy, get loud, get moving, but I still had a husband and seven kids to care for. That's when I sought out Trades of Hope.
They are doing the work. They aren't just throwing money at the world's problems, they are changing lives by empowering women; strengthening community by giving hope; transforming generations by breaking harmful cycles; and because of that they are making disciples in all the nations.
I thought, "Amen! I want to be a part of that!"
Thanks to Trades of Hope I can. I can actively pursue helping others, building relationships, being an advocate, making disciples, and still keep up with my children's neverending laundry. Life changing and Laundry? Amen, again!
I am now a voice for a woman whose voice is lost across the sea, whose voice is stifled by government, pimps, and culture. I think you will want to be her voice too and the way to get her talking is wearing her handmade goods. When someone asks you about it, you tell her story and then her voice is heard once more.