Who Is The Judge Of Fairness?

Who Is the Judge of Fairness?

According to several of the national news organizations, the response of many Americans to recent legislative actions was a request that life be fair and that our legislators act with fairness. I thought this was an interesting request since from the time we are old enough to understand why things happen as they do, we hear the phrase, “life isn’t fair.” “Fair” is subjective. One employee considers an action to be fair while another sees…

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An Economy Of Hope

An Economy of Hope

Not far from my home is an immigrant community. Hundreds of people coming to America, in search of hope. Unable to speak the language. Jobless. Desperate. Willing to risk crossing borders illegally to find work. How desperate do you have to be to risk your life to illegally enter another country in search of hope? Most of us can’t imagine that level of desperation. I wake up in the morning, arise from a comfortable and…

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Two Birthday Journeys For Humankind

Two Birthday Journeys for Humankind

My Birthday Birthdays for the 80% Poor Bible Study Illiteracy Buying an angel for the front porch Poverty Chatting with family Loneliness Discovering Google knew my birthday Invisible Review of the next WorldCrafts Fair Trade Tour Exploitation Fellowship, music, worship Persecution Strawberry cake Hunger Walking at the Botanical Gardens Drought Watering the blooming azaleas Thirst

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Why Christians Should Care About Fair Trade©

Why Christians Should Care about Fair Trade©

  Every product we purchase comes to us through fair or unfair trade. We seldom give thought to how an item was produced or to the treatment of those who made it, but as Christians our spiritual wholeness includes integrity in trade. This is especially true in how we handle our dealings with the poor. The Bible reminds us that “the fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away…

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You Want Something I Made?

You Want Something I Made?

Rhonda Berry has seen firsthand the hope WorldCrafts is providing to impoverished people. Rhonda is one of the WorldCrafts supporters who traveled to Thailand and Cambodia as part of the WorldCrafts Fair Trade Tour  in October, 2011, to learn more about fair trade and tshe way WorldCrafts is meeting the needs of the poor.  Rhonda sent me a short story of one experience she had in Thailand.  May her story inspire you to care more,…

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The Killing Fields Of Cambodia

The Killing Fields of Cambodia

Morning glories have forever changed their meaning for me. Instead of reminding me of a sunny day, I’ll remember our tour guide in Cambodia. He was a child when Pol Pot liberated Cambodia in 1975. Pol Pot’s regime soon took him from his parents to work in the fields. When the fields were flooded, the soldiers would boat him and other children out into the fields where they would grab a banana leaf with one…

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Arriving In Bangkok

Arriving in Bangkok

After months of planning we boarded our plane to Bangkok, Thailand, twenty-two women and men. I am finally visiting the place where WorldCrafts began and four of our partner artisan guilds in Thailand and Cambodia. I was reminded during the nearly 24 hour flight to go half way around the world that scripture admonishes God’s people to care for the poor. In regard to trading fairly, the Bible is specific in how the poor are…

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The Economics Of Human Empowerment

The Economics of Human Empowerment

by Mark Russell This month’s focus on New Hope Digital is modern slavery. From the 1500s through the 1800s, the Atlantic slave trade brought millions of men, women, and children from Africa to the New World. A mind-boggling human tragedy. Yet some commentators legitimately estimate that there are more people held in some form of slavery today than were enslaved during the entire period of the transatlantic trade. Society, and particularly Christians, must respond to…

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Poverty Simulation (Mission Waco) Can Bring Radical Change

Poverty Simulation (Mission Waco) Can Bring Radical Change

by Jimmy Dorrell In a village in Haiti where we (Mission Waco) work, a mother had to choose which of her children got to eat and which would go hungry. She ate “dirt cookies” that day so they would have more. In a train station in Calcutta, India, near where we volunteer, another disabled beggar breathed his last breath as travelers hurrying to the platform stepped over his malnourished body. No one seemed to notice.…

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WorldCrafts Releases Fall Catalog

WorldCrafts Releases Fall Catalog

WorldCrafts, a ministry partner of New Hope Publishers, recently released its new Fall 2011 catalog featuring more than 200 handcrafted, fair-trade gifts from artisans across the globe. A diverse mix of items graces the catalog pages from these categories: Christmas, home decor, stationery, jewelry, accessories, and children’s. WorldCrafts develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. The WorldCrafts vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to…

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August 2011: The Power Of Small And Other Upside-Down Kingdom Values

August 2011: The Power of Small and Other Upside-Down Kingdom Values

This month on NewHopeDigital.com our theme will be The Power of Small and Other Upside-Down Kingdom Values. What does that mean? Allow me to quote from Jennifer Kennedy Dean’s upcoming release, not coincidentally titled The Power of Small:  “Like Alice’s adventures in Looking Glass Land . . ., where everything she encounters is mirror-image opposite of what she thought to be true, the kingdom of heaven seems upside and inside out when we first enter.…

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