Every once in a while we get the chance to give something away—and we love it when we can make that happen. But even better than giving something away is watching the recipient’s reaction and getting a chance to hear their story. We enjoyed hearing the stories of our two recent Jesus’ Economy fair trade t-shirt winners and we thought you would too.

Sean Post, Academic Dean of Adelphia Bible School

Sean aims to live in a way that stirs up imagination for the Kingdom of God. He and his family live and work on the campus of Adelphia Bible School—a one-year residential program for adults. Sean also owns and operates a coaching practice where he partners with business and ministry leaders. Some of his favorite spare time activities include reading action-packed fiction with his family, playing city league basketball for the Monstars, and making slow progress on his doctorate.

Shortly after winning his t-shirt, Sean also became a Jesus’ Economy advocate—someone who regularly tells their friends about Jesus’ Economy. As such, we asked him why he supports Jesus’ Economy. Here’s his response:

“As a citizen of God’s Kingdom, I’m troubled by the disparity between the way things are in our world and the way things should be. The essence of Jesus’ Kingdom is bridging that disparity by creating ‘what ought to be.’ Jesus’ Economy is fulfilling that calling by creating jobs and churches. As this mission moves forward on different parts of the globe, people are beginning to experience what they were made for: enjoying God and His Kingdom as they increasingly reflect His image in everyday life.”

Chuck McKnight, Editor and Blogger

Chuck McKnight was born on the island of Jamaica to missionary parents, and is the oldest of four. He graduated from Bob Jones University with a BS in Information Technology, and for several years worked for Answers in Genesis as a web content editor, where he met his wife. He now works for Logos Bible Software in Bellingham, Washington. He is passionate about the church, theology and Christian living, and writes extensively on his blog, BeingFilled.com.

As you can see, Chuck graciously modeled his Jesus’ Economy t-shirt for us.

We hope Chuck McKnight's and Sean Post's stories inspire you. Go do something awesome for Jesus today! And Chuck and Sean, thanks for sharing your story with us.

And if you like Chuck's awesome shirt, you can pick up your Jesus' Economy fair trade t-shirt today.

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Just as we at Jesus’ Economy are passionate about our mission, Jesus' Economy Advocates are individuals passionate about seeing this mission capture hearts in their communities through sharing it with others. They are located all over the world—united by their commitment to help churches be planted, jobs created, and communities restored in developing areas. 
Today, we are featuring Amy Imes, an Advocate from the Seattle area. She is a wife and a mom of three (a four-year-old son, two-year-old son, and seven-month-old daughter), who teaches Sunday school and helps lead worship at Evergreen Community Church in Renton, Washington. Through her Christmas shopping this year, Amy is connecting her passion of loving her family well with her passion for making Jesus’ name known across the world.
JE: Why are you a Jesus’ Economy advocate?
Amy: I decided to become a Jesus' Economy Advocate because I want people to know that there is an easy way they can help plant churches, create jobs, and meet needs in developing areas. If all it takes is using some of our spending power (whether great or small) to help others know about how much God loves them and to create solid communities, then more people need to know about it. I feel blessed to help.
What excites me most about Jesus' Economy is that it shows a living example of Philippians 4:19: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."  I also like that Jesus’ Economy has a plan to give people in developing areas more than just a sermon on Sunday. We know that Jesus cares about our spiritual needs, but he cares about our everyday needs, too. After all, he did feed the 5,000 and heal the sick.
JE: Why did you decide to make a purchase from Jesus' Economy?
Amy: I decided to make a purchase from Jesus' Economy because I want to do more than just buy “stuff” this Christmas season. I felt blessed to have the opportunity to give a beautiful, handmade gift to a loved one, and share God's love with another person in this world. … I'm very pleased with what I purchased. The gifts are unique and well-made!
JE: Is there an artisan or story that has especially resonated with you?
Amy: The story that resonated with me the most is the story behind Hope Art and their bracelets.  I’m so encouraged when people use what they have to help others. These Zambian women live in poverty, their husbands have died, and some are HIV positive. And yet, they have found a way to help fund their local orphanage. If they can make a difference, we can too!
Maybe your story should be told next! We would love to hear from you. Contact us with your story here.