It's not often that I "put myself out there" with blog posts for DFC. I'm just not sure that its the right place to do that.
But, today I'm wading into those personal waters for you because I think it relates to what we're doing here.
We started doing adoption fundraisers last October. One of the fundraisers
we did was an incredibly moving experience for me which resulted in my
husband and I considering international adoption ourselves.
then, we've been grappling with all the questions that come with that
territory and thinking through all of it until a couple of weeks ago
when my husband took a mission trip and met a sweet baby boy, abandoned
by his mother.
He captured my husband's heart.
out we are not able to adopt this child because of laws the country has
in place, but we attached ourselves to him all the same before we
Here's the part that relates to DFC.
little boy was one of 6 that his mother abandoned. A different family
had become attached to the 5th child and was in process of adopting him
when the grandmother stepped in. She kidnapped the child and took him
over to the other side of the country where he is currently struggling
to survive because she can not afford to feed him. Her demand? If the
family gave her $24,000 she'd give him back. The family could not meet
her demand. And can you imagine if they could have?
This is not
okay. This is trafficking. It is exploiting a child for monetary
purposes, without ANY concern for their well being.
Now I know that the sales of our items are not impacting these particular children. But here's what your purchases do.
When you buy Freeset, you provide needed funds for rescuing girls who are exploited for their very bodies. When you buy punjammies,
you teach girls that they have worth and dignity and that their lives
are much more valuable than that which their bodies can "do". When you
buy Good Paper products, you communicate loud and clear to orphans that they CAN support their families and that you are behind them.
It matters! Every purchase you have made, will make, makes a difference. And it doesn't stop there.
time you wear these products, and all the others too, you are being an
advocate - for the baby boy my husband met and his brother and countless
other children out there who are vulnerable to exploitation - because
when you wear these items and people ask you about them, you tell their
stories. You make sure they are heard and known and that makes a difference.
say a prayer for these children today, that their voices will be heard,
their stories will be known and that they will know love.