I was picking up our Christmas pictures at Wal-Mart the other day and on my way out noticed a couple cute pair of earrings for $3. $3 friends! How in the world can I not get these adorable earrings for $3!? Even if they would only last a month, they are still super cute for that month right!?
Needless to say I'm a sucker for an almost too good to be true offer. Ya know that feeling that you got ripped off. I hate that feeling. Overpaying which in my mind equals wasting money is a pet peeve of mine. I'm not sure if this is mainly a Colorado thing or if it was how I was raised but I'm just not into paying for a label or paying for something when I know I can get it cheaper somewhere else.
Though $3 super cute earrings get me giddy, so does my $50 pearl necklace because of where the money went. Just like my wooden necklace with matching bracelets because of who made it.
My two favorite ministries that help rescue and restore girls from the sex trade sell jewelry. Agape International Missions rescues and restore the little girls (ages 4-15ish). They are such an incredible ministry! I got to lead a trip over to Cambodia about a year and a half ago and experience their ministry up close. It's just too much to tell you about here but they have a church where they have seen 22 brothel owners and 2 traffickers come to know Jesus, they've rescued countless girls out of brothels and away from parents who sell them, they have a home for restoration for these girls where they get counseling, hear about Jesus and a host of other things, have a vacation bible school type kids club every week to reach out to the little kids in the notorious for child sex trafficking city Svay Pak outside Phenom Pehn.
Once girls graduate from the restoration home they can choose from a few different jobs to help them get on their feet instead of turn to the only thing they know. They can work at a bakery that seriously makes the most beautiful cakes I've ever seen. And they also have the option of becoming a seamstress and jewelry maker. I have some jewelry and pillows made by girls who were once trapped in darkness and now walking in light. My pillows have the name of the girl who made the pillow which reminds me to pray for her. Please give them a visit. www.AgapeWebsite.org
My other favorite anti-trafficking ministry is Women at Risk. They sell more high end jewelry like pearls and hundreds of other beautiful pieces. One of the many unique things they do is help you put on jewelry parties by giving you all the info on how, the invites and shipping you all the jewelry for free. I've put on a couple jewelry parties for them and it is so fun! The jewelry is made by women rescued or prevented from being trafficked and the money goes back to the women.
How incredible that buying jewelry could be a means of helping Jesus be made known and lives being changed! What a neat way to help support missionaries and the oppressed around the world! I'm so glad we get to live in this generation with access to such great opportunities.
Want to hear more about Agape International Missions and hear what God is doing in Cambodia? Check out these stories.
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Laura, the creator and host of Missional Women is married to her best friend Austin, and has three kids, two of who are adopted. They have been missionaries to college students for the last 11 years and currently serve in Denver Colorado with Master Plan Ministries. Laura loves to speak to women's and college groups and wrote an in-depth Bible study, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional which goes through First Samuel. You can find her on facebook,twitter, youtube, instagram and pinterest.
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