Have you ever thought about how much power you have through your purchasing? Each time you swipe that piece of plastic or hand over a $5 bill…you have an unbelievable power! Are ya sitting there scratching your noggin right now?!? It’s okay…most of us get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of life that we don’t even stop to think about such things. So, now’s the time…as we enter this holiday season of spending extra money…let’s think about a few things.
Each time we make a purchase, we have the power to make a difference, change lives, and bring hope…OR, sadly we have the power to hurt…to perpetuate the cycle of poverty, slavery, and human-trafficking.
Question #1: WHERE do your clothes, coffee, or even chocolate come from? The “made in…” tag definitely can give you the first clue, but past that, we often times have no idea; whether the item has come from a fair-wage operation where the workers are treated with dignity and respect or whether the item comes from a factory where PEOPLE are working under inhumane conditions and being paid unfair wages. Purchasing items that come from factories treating human life with injustice and paying wages that don’t begin to meet a family’s needs, perpetuates the cycle.
Question #2: WHO made your shirt, harvested your coffee beans, or packaged your chocolate bar? Sadly, many of us associate the word ‘slavery’ with our history books, but in actuality the fight against this despicable word is FAR from over. An estimated 29.8 million people are enslaved across the globe; with 26% of those people under the age of 18. This is a fight that we all need to find a way to be a part of. Some of us are called in ways that place us on the front-lines, but all of us are able to fight through how we spend our money. Just a few minutes of research can make a difference. (statistics from borgenproject.org)
Question #3: HOW was your shirt manufactured, your coffee harvested, or your chocolate turn from bean to bar? In a factory? Through a family owned business? Facts ‘unknown’? Shady operations want to fly under the radar, stay out of sight, remain unknown… Chances are, if you can’t locate the HOW your item came to being, it’s not a pretty story. Many times these shady operations are also funding endless other shady operations. Take for instance, the crazy cheap markets in Mexico, Cambodia, Thailand, etc…WHERE does all that money go? HOW does it effect the lives of many enslaved, trafficked, or impoverished in the area?
All this to say….IT MATTERS!…so much! How you spend your money, what you support, what you don’t support…together we can make a difference in the lives of many…in the lives of people suffering around the globe. If we stop funding companies that are hurting, the hurting will eventually end! As we enter this season of giving, we ask you to consider making a difference this year…give gifts that CHANGE LIVES, BRING HOPE, and STOP the unjust treatment of God’s children around the globe! 3seams is just one of hundreds of organizations and companies working with individuals around the world in a fair, uplifting, and hope-seeking way! There are so many amazing gifts out there that will, in turn, lift people from oppression, poverty, slavery, and despair… GO FIND THEM!
… IT MATTERS!