December 13, 2016

It is honestly rare that I team up with companies to bring posts to my blog. Rethreaded reached out to me, and I am head over heels in support of their intentions and mission. I love supporting companies who are committed to being the hands and feet of Christ. 
We all have talents. We all have gifts. We all have at least one platform to spread light and kindness. There is so much beauty in our lives, but there is also so much darkness and hurt. We are all messy humans with a messy past, but we are able to help change and re-direct other's futures. 
 Human Trafficking is $32 billion a year industry and a form of modern-day slavery that subjects women, children and men to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor.
 75% - 95% of prostituted women were sexually abused as children.
90% of women want to leave the sex industry but don’t have access to jobs.

These statistics are real. I feel like most churches don't talk about this subject. Contrary to some belief, this is something we should be acknowledging especially in our churches. As a church, we are called to serve and help pull each other out of darkness. We are called to recognize each other's hurt and help put an end to it. Of course, we are not capable of doing that alone. Of course, we have a God way mightier than us. We are called to be His vessels.
Rethreaded's mission is to not only to provide safe and viable work for women affected by the sex trade, but to also challenge people to shop consciously and to be aware of what their purchases are really supporting. They want to take a meaningful stance against mindless consumerism and gift-giving without thought. It's very important to that their employees are not only paid fair wages but are also given a supportive and dignity-giving work environment.  At Rethreaded, survivors of the sex trade are given a second chance at life through employment. When joining the team, women are able to go in a variety of career paths including marketing, finance, production, inventory and sales. These purchases truly change lives! Rethreaded started with a simple idea, and a strong passion from it’s founder Kristin Keen. Beginning by forming relationships with women on the street and making prison visits, she knew the biggest need was for a safe, supportive work environment where these women could earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued healing through community. Working in partnership with the City Rescue Mission, Rethreaded hired its first full-time employee in November 2012.

Our mission is to unravel the effects of the sex trade by fighting business with business on a global and local level. We provide safe, viable and dignity-giving work to survivors of the sex trade allowing them to be who they were created to be.

I get to share this rad challenge with you! Rethreaded is challenging us to the "Rethreaded Challenge".  The objective is to purchase 10 gifts from Rethreaded and from our freedom partners that we offer on our website. By purchasing 10 gifts you are contributing to end the sex trade.

Take this challenge.

Prayerfully, acknowledge what is going on around you.

It is happening now, and we have the power to help end it.

I am supporting Rethreaded by sporting their Solstice necklace which is currently unavailable, but they have plenty of beautiful jewelry.

1 Corinthians 12:27 // All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.

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