Count the Cost: Support Artisans. Enable Hope.

She sat across the coffee shop table from me, eyes glistening with tears and explained, “I thought he loved me and would take care of me. And I ended up in forced prostitution because of debts he needed to pay. He would threaten me to not leave him. I ended up doing drugs to numb the pain. And then I was at rock bottom.”

She is not a statistic.

She is not a general statement of “human trafficking exists.”

She is my friend. My encourager. A hero of mine. And she is real.

Oftentimes, we desperately want to find opportunities to help others escape the human trafficking ring. We want to be able to support these people as they heal and develop life and job skills needed to move forward from that season of life. But we are at a loss as to where to begin.

Here’s one place to start:

The Isaiah 58:10 Campaign.

This week, you have the opportunity to provide an income to women who are coming out of human trafficking in the United States AND support more women who will be brought out of it around the world.

What will it cost you?

A minimum of $20 (or more if you choose to give more). That’s less than a week’s worth of Starbucks. That’s two lunches.

What will happen with my donation?

It will go to support WorldCrafts fair-trade artisans by providing funding for them to earn a sustainable living wage and to bring their products into the United States for sale. Your gift enables you to partner with WorldCrafts in providing ongoing orders to global partners, many who are completely dependent on WorldCrafts’ orders for their livelihood.

Extra Incentive:

And as a bonus, this week only (till July 28), when you give your donation online, you will receive a beautiful, soon-to-be-released WorldCrafts Lauren Bracelet made by women from The WellHouse (a ministry to women coming out of human trafficking located in Birmingham) and a New Hope Publisher’s book, Not in My Town (focusing on exposing and ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery).

A simple donation supports so much. The money you give will go toward sharing hope with artisans around the world through the ministry of WorldCrafts.

To learn more, go here. To give now, go here.

Let’s count the cost and support artisans enabling them to receive hope. 

Isaiah 58:10 Campaign

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The Isaiah 58:10 Campaign supports WorldCrafts artisans by providing the funding needed to pay artisans a sustainable living wage and to bring their products into the United States for sale.

 [ The Campaign ]

Your gift to the Isaiah 58:10 Campaign enables you to partner with WorldCrafts in providing ongoing orders to global partners, many who are completely dependent on WorldCrafts’ orders for their livelihood.

From July 24-July 28, when you make an online donation of $20 or more to the Isaiah 58:10 Campaign, you will receive a WorldCrafts Lauren bracelet and New Hope Publisher’s Not in My Town.

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[ The Bracelet ]

The Lauren bracelet is made by the ladies at The WellHouse in Birmingham, Alabama. This soon-to-be-released bracelet is carefully handcrafted with beautiful beadwork. We hope when you wear the bracelet, it reminds you to pray for the women who carefully made it and for all of the people who have been or are still a part of human trafficking all over the world.

[ The Book ]

The New Hope Publishers book Not in My Town focuses on exposing and ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The authors’ unforgettable look into the secret world of America’s modern slave trade led to a global undercover operation to rescue victims from today’s greatest form of evil.

[ Thank You ]

When you give, you are equipping artisans all over the world with the materials, products, and wages they need. Most of all, though, you are providing them with hope. When you give, you share the love of Christ with those who may not know Him, and that is priceless. Thank you for your support.

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An Opportunity to Be Called

When Laurie Register was in seminary, each class would go around and introduce themselves individually sharing what God was calling them to do.

“For two and a half years, I gave the same information,” she said. “Every time, I would say, ‘I don’t know what God is calling me to do — I just know God has called me to go to seminary.’”

Never once in any of those moments did Register imagine that she would spend the next 24 years working for South Carolina Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). She came there looking for a place to serve, and through WMU’s training, she kept finding herself equipped for more tasks.

“The Lord kept me here,” said Register, who now serves as South Carolina WMU executive director, after serving previously as a consultant for Acteens and then Women on Mission. “My work here has given me lots of opportunities and given me the resources that I needed to carry out those opportunities.”

Where she is now is the result of a seed for missions her mother planted years ago.

“One of my first memories of being at church was in our preschool missions class,” Register said. “My mom was my leader for years, and she had no background in missions. She had heard about GAs and knew it was something we needed.”

But not only that — her mom got her involved in missions in her community.

That’s one reason one of her favorite parts of her role these days is visiting churches and getting to see how God is still spreading the missions call through generations.

“I got to go to a church recently that was in the middle of nowhere, and it was packed — little children, toddlers, all ages involved in their missions organizations,” she said.

The church shared with Register how the children had made gifts and taken them to the fire department and police department.

“To see at that early age how their leaders are modeling that for them and they are taking it in — one day it will be second nature for them,” she said.

That’s what happened when her mom modeled it in her young daughter’s life — one day, decades later, Register was sitting on her couch watching TV when news of major flooding in her community came across the screen.

“I just started weeping uncontrollably and thought, ‘I can’t sit here and not do anything,’” she said.

It wasn’t long before she went to where the waters were rising, helping disaster relief personnel.

“I will never forget that flood. Just to be a calm voice to someone who is experiencing some disaster, some tragedy — it’s hugely rewarding,” she said.

Register had decided to get trained for crises back when her Women on Mission role put on her on the disaster relief task force. She’s put her learned skills to use in the wake of a number of disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Matthew. Her primary role has been to volunteer in the Disaster Operations Center.

“We have opportunities to help, and WMU provides a place for women to be trained and use the gifts that God has given them locally and around the world,” she said.

When Register’s staff met for a retreat recently, she asked them what they felt was the most important thing they needed to concentrate on to ensure the success of missions education. Their answer? Leadership development.

And Register agreed. “Having strong, successful organizations; leading people to be radically involved in the mission of God; helping individuals understand God’s call on their lives and where they can be plugged in, be it overseas or in their own communities — all these things are driven by strong, committed, trained leaders,” she said.