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, perhaps even change your Christmas shopping plans to touch the lives of WorldCrafts artisans.
From Rhonda Berry:
I would imagine that many of those who have heard about WorldCrafts have the impression that it’s yet another catalog to shop from. If this describes you, please take a minute to visit WorldCrafts.org. There you can see the faces of those whose lives are being changed because of WorldCrafts. WorldCrafts products provide income to impoverished artisans who can now pay their rent, buy food, and take care of their families.
I have had a heart for the people helped through WorldCrafts for many years, but when I traveled to Thailand on the WorldCrafts Fair Trade Tour last year and visited The Well my understanding was transformed. The Well is one of the artisan groups represented by WorldCrafts. The Well provides job training and work for women coming out of prostitution in the city of Bangkok.
While visiting The Well I asked one of the young girls who work there about buying something that she had made. The young lady said to me, more than once, “you want something that I made?” She could not believe that someone would actually want something she had made.
I know God led me to ask about buying something she had made. He knew that she needed affirmation of her value, of the value of her work, and a little extra encouragement that day. I was humbled that He used me.
The experience I had at The Well has continued to remind me that I can encourage others right where I live. I can also encourage other young women like the one I met at The Well by purchasing products through WorldCrafts. WorldCrafts’ impact is far reaching as you and I not only purchase products ourselves, but also help others know about WorldCrafts and the people WorldCrafts is helping around the world. I know now that what I do with WorldCrafts has a ripple effect and only God knows how far the ripple of hope extends.
One of my favorite pictures is of two sweet faces peeking through a window as we were shopping at The Well. I am praying they will have the opportunity for a better life unlike so many around the world living without hope because they do not have an organization like WorldCrafts to turn to.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring hope to the impoverished in the world on Cyber Monday and Fair Tuesday. You can learn more at WorldCrafts.org. Sign up for the emails that come with discounts and free shipping. To learn more about microenterprise and fair trade, read The Missional Entrepreneurby Mark Russell.