Friday, February 8, 2013

Will you MAKE because She's Worth it?

In my blogging, my mind is constantly thinking about what I am doing, how I am doing it, and if I am bringing God glory. I knew at the beginning of my "blogging for real journey" that this blog wasn't about me and my family and what I'm making alone, because we are all part of bigger things around us. I try to be mindful of God's work on this Earth and how he's using little me in the midst of it. I am nothing, but He is everything.

I've tried helping families adopt, something I am passionate for and in the middle of myself, and to which I have been able to donate some DBS money towards, but since I don't have time to just make stuff on my own to sell or run an online store, it can get stagnant fast on this front. And there's only so much PR blogging I can do asking others to help.

I had just been praying about if I really was doing all I could for the Lord and asked him if there was anything else he wanted me to do with this tiny spec of a blog in the BlogLand. Was I making a difference?

And He answered me. 

I am asking each and every one of my friends to come together and help me make a big impact across the globe to fight HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING with me. There are 27 million slaves that exist today.

500,000 children between the ages of 5 and 15 are forced into the sex slave trade each year 
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This is a big issue, but something we can fight if we come together. For this campaign, we have focused on the girls and women trapped in sexual slavery / sex trafficking / forced prostitution, though we strongly support the rescue and freedom of young boys, men and entire families from every sort of slavery!

I'm absolutely crazy in love with the She's Worth It! campaign and I really need your help if I am going to raise $10,000 along with some of my other blog friends in this effort!

Will you MAKE because She's Worth It? 
I'm part of a team that has chosen worthy organizations to support and we are going to make a difference to God's glory!

We're going to MAKE gifts to deliver to women and girls who are rehabilitating from this forced sexual slavery. Bracelets that let them know they are loved. Zipper pouches to show them someone cares.

{I'm going to be organizing the event locally! Details to come on this soon!}

Will you make a bracelet or a pouch for a girl in Thailand, India, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Amsterdam or even the United States? We'll be distributing them through many organizations that work directly with women and girls fresh out of the sex trade in desperate need of love and the healing only Jesus can give.

Meet the group of bloggers I'm working with:  

Andrea from The Train to Crazy
Bev from Flamingo Toes
Jess from Me Sew Crazy 

Do you want to help? 

We will be making these bracelets and pouches and doing tutorials on them in the coming week. Will you come together with your friends and make some bracelets or zippered pouch, too?

Along with the bracelets and zipper pouches, we're also asking that you donate $10. Just $10. Your $10 will be helping fund two projects we fully believe in. (If you can't donate, we'd still love for you to make something!)
  1. Father's House: a safe house for children in Cambodia who are at risk for being trafficked. This home is run by In His Steps International. You can read more about it here.
  2. The Sewing Project: we'll be raising money for a group of mothers in an Indian village who have been freed from the sex industry and are learning sewing as a trade! The funds will also help hire a social worker to help them with rehabilitation. This project is run by Indian Rescue Mission.

Ready to help? Use YOUR talents!

If you are a BLOGGER and want to join us, please send Andrea an email at thetraintocrazy (at) gmail (dot) com. She'll make sure you have all the information you need and her address to mail your bracelets and zipper pouches! She'll be attaching a little note letting the recipient know they are loved before they are sent out. She'll also be updating her blog and photographing everything that comes in! With each new blogger that joins and each new tutorial She'll add a link to this page.

If you are a local friend and interested in getting together with me and making these crafts or have ideas and want to partner with me in helping us raise $10,000, then you can email me at Vanessa {at} DesignsBySessa {dot} com.

You will find the donate button in my side bar and at the on this post. The donations are tax deductable and it ALL goes to the organizations that have been vetted and chosen (minus credit card fees). You can read the details here

Online fundraising for Team MAKE raising money for She's Worth It!

{I'd personally like to thank, Andrea, for coming to me about this campaign and getting me excited about it! She made most of these graphics in this post and I'm finding out just what a wonderful person she really is! She came to me right as I had been praying through these things and got so excited to see how God works and answers prayer. I just had to share, so you could be excited too! Jump in with saying YES! to helping!}