Do The Small Things...

This past Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  I happened to be looking through my cousin's pictures from Ethiopia, and I came across a picture of beautiful children in Korah, Addis Ababa.  Korah started as a colony for lepers.  The people there continue to face poverty, little job access, poor or no medical care, limited access to food, etc.  The faces of those children made me think of this quote by MLK, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."  Friends, I am pretty passionate about fair trade, because it is a small way that we can bring justice to people who have had to live a life filled with injustice. We can purchase in such a way that gives value to others, no matter where they live and no matter who they are. We, at Havyn International, believe that we are called by God to bear one another's burdens. "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Gal 6:2   It is a burden for a parent to not know if they are going to be able to feed their family.  It is a burden for a Mom to have a precious baby and feel like she has to give her child to an orphanage just so the child will have food to eat.  It is a burden for a father to have to leave his family to find work and not know if he will ever be able to return.  It is a burden for children to not be able to go to school because they have to sell sticks of gum on the street so that they can eat just a little to stay alive. Martin Luther King, Jr. also said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others."  There are big things that we can do to bear the burdens of others, and there are small things...things that don't really cause inconvenience to us but do bless individuals and families and communities.  I believe that we should do all of the big things that God has called each one of us to do to bear the burdens of others and bless lives.  However, changing the way we purchase is one of those small things.  In fact, it is not an inconvenience at all, but it blesses our lives as well...We receive a beautiful product and are connected with the hands that made it.  It is really important to see fair trade, not as charity, but as a way to value others and the work of their hands.  Purchasing a product that was made by someone whose life is directly blessed by your purchase is so powerful.  So do those big things, but dear friends, do the small things too...because it is those small things that become so very big.  

“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.” MLK


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  • I am really impressed by what Havyn international is doing, i come from Kenya where most of the women and youth always depend on handouts and gifts for survival, the political goodwill to develop programs that would see the people make living on their own is not there anymore making it hard for our people to get jobs.

    I am glad to be part of this initiatives to help our women and youth in making living by creating beautiful items for the people in the world.

    Genesis Ngari Borana

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