One night after delivering shoeboxes with Operation Christmas Child, we ate dinner at a super cool restaurant that overlooked Christopher Columbus’ house. Someone who worked at the restaurant set up a special meal for us as a gift!
Our waiter was dressed like a pirate and I ate snails. Yes, I did.
Anyway, as this was a special meal, I dressed up. And by dressed up, I mean, I got a washcloth wet and wiped the sweat and grime off my arms. And I put on some lipgloss.
My friend Jessica also let me borrow some of her FreeSet bracelets.
Freeset is in business for freedom. Freedom from human trafficking. Freeset is a fair trade business that sells bags and t-shirts, made by women freed from human trafficking in Kolkata, India.
These bracelets are made by women who aren’t skilled enough to sew bags or run a machine. And each time they roll around your wrist, you can’t help but think about those women rescued from “the line” and brought to a saving place.
Jessica and I talked about Freeset’s mission to change India. We had heard just the night before that the Dominican Republic is the 3rd largest exporter of prostitutes–the 5th largest to Europe. Knowing that many of the girls we met at the distributions were tempted by, victims of or at-risk for prostitution, those bracelets seemed like a whispered call.
What can we do to rescue girls around the world? In the Dominican Republic? In Kolkata, India?
It’s a hard question. Stepping into something big like rescuing a woman from prostitution happens when we take a small step.
Pack a shoebox. Give hope. Change a life.
Wear a bracelet. Buy a bag. Change a life.
I’m joining with Freeset’s 12 Days of Freedom to open our eyes just a little. To encourage use to make a small step this Christmas season. Maybe you could buy a bag for your sister-in-law this Christmas? Or a few bracelets for teacher gifts? Your little gift will help Freeset open their arms wider to women who need eternal hope.
It seems small, but I promise as you wear it, you’ll think of the women, the girls, that used their hands to make it. You’ll pray for them. You’ll talk about them. And your little act will have a hand in setting people free.