Think about this: Just one Fair Trade purchase from every American churchgoer this Christmas would lift one million families out of abusive poverty for one whole year. Let’s make sure that when gifts are given, they speak of the sort of world that Jesus came to show us — one where the last is first, where the poor are included, the sick are healed, and the captive is set free. - www.tradeasone.com
I'll be writing a great deal about Fair Trade over the next few weeks. Fair Trade allows spending to become redemptive. Isn't it exciting to think we could be a part of freeing the captive and loving our neighbor by simply buying the products we were already going to buy anyway? If you want to learn more about fair trade and how you can use your money to invest in Kingdom things, stay tuned in the weeks to come.
Since we're talking about Heartline this week....
Heartline isn't just a ministry to pregnant women and their babies. Heartline also offers weekly Bible Study for their ladies. They teach them to read. They also give them the skills they need to break the cycle of intense poverty in their lives and their children's lives.
At Heartline, women are invited to be a part of the sewing program. They learn to sew. Then Heartline helps these women sell their creations on the internet. The money these women earn through working for the sewing program is literally freeing them from the chains of slavery.
I wanted to share with you one of the simplest ways you can be involved with Heartline Ministry. Are you ready for this?
Buy a purse.
The purses these women make are on the internet. You can see pictures of the woman who sewed your bag. What a beautiful way to love the people who make our products.
I want to be really, really clear about something.
Fair Trade companies and other ministries that care for their employees by offering them living wages are not asking for your pity. You aren't buying a product that is worthless. You aren't giving your hard earned money to someone living in poverty and in return getting merchandise that's not up to par.
Fair Trade companies and ministries like Heartline are making quality items by skilled workers.
My Heartline Purse is my favorite purse I own. It is well made. It was worth every dime I spent on it. I bought the grocery style bag. My word. It's majorly hip. I love it.
After buying a purse from Heartline and getting to be a part of something so redemptive it makes the purses at Target seem like a major let down. When I'm wearing my Heartline purse, it brings my soul great joy. I think of the sweet woman who made my purse. I think of how her life is different now because she is connected to Heartline and now has skills she can use to support her family, raise her own children, and break free from poverty.
If you'd like to buy a Heartline purse you can check them out on the website.
The second way you can tangibly be a part of Heartline's Ministry is to host a purse party.
I know. Purses + Party + Women = Guaranteed Fun
I had one last year, and it was a blast.
Here's the info in a nut shell:
You contact Heartline. You tell them the amount of people you're expecting to attend your party. They send you a bunch of purses. You give them your credit card number.
Nothing is charged to your credit card. Got that? Nothing. Promise. Cross my heart.
They send you a box of purses. You open them up, swoon over them, thanking God you had the good sense to be a part of something so lovely, and that YOU are the host, so you get to pick out your purse first.
You set a date for your party. Invite your friends. Then you party it up. People buy purses. You watch a great DVD about Heartline. The party is a ton of fun.
After your party you mail your purses back (shipping is paid for by Heartline).
I have an extreme hatred of the post office. Really. I don't know if it's the lighting or the smell of stamps (which I love by the way) but my kids turn into monsters in the post office. Their heads spin around. I leave sweaty and on the verge of tears. Because of my hatred of all things post office, I was kind of late getting my box of extra purses back to Heartline. They will not charge your credit card for the remaining purses before telling you to get your act together, find a babysitter, and take the dang box back to the post office. Heartline is sweet that way.
At the party, your friends can pay with cash, check, or credit card online. Isn't that easy?
I recommend having a party because you get such a great variety of purses. I love Heartline, but the options on the internet aren't all that great. The purse parties are where it's at. You get a bunch of different kinds of purses that are not listed on the website. If I were you, I'd ask them to send you plenty of the grocery style bags and lots of purses made of burlap. Those were the favs in our fashionable college town.
If you want to organize a purse party, you can read all about them here.
If you decide to have a purse party, I would love to help you advertise your get together. I'm not sure if I have readers in the city where you live, but we can give it a shot, okay? You host a party. I'll advertise it on the blog (minus your address). Sound good? If you have a party, please send me pictures of your get together. They will make me smile.
Christmas is approaching. I can barely tell it's getting close to Christmas time here in Haiti, but I hear it's actually getting cooler in other parts of the world. Blows my mind. These purses make excellent gifts.
Will you think about having a purse party in time for people to buy purses for Christmas?
Women fighting poverty and injustice by buying a purse. You've just got to love that.
Just One Fair Trade purchase from every American churchgoer this Christmas would lift one million families out of abusive poverty for one whole year.