Children being forced to work in horrible conditions is a very real issue that affects much of the world. There are more than152 million children from the ages of 5 to 17 in child labour, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). This is why the ILO started World Day against Child Labour, to help bring awareness and end it all together. 

Here at Jesus' Economy, we strive to bring families hope and lift them out of poverty by offering artisans the opportunity to sell their fair trade goods on the western market. This helps bring them more income than they ever dreamed possible and in turn, helps break the cycle of poverty. It enables the parents to be able to afford education for their children. It means that children can stop working because their parents are bringing in enough money to stabilize the family. In countries all over the world, we've provided a way for families to let their kids be kids and not have to go to work to help sustain the family. 

Through our Renew Bihar program and our Fair Trade Shop, we're helping to eradicate child labour. Join us won't you? 

 

On today's Live Your Belief Podcast, Kalene Barry, Chief Projects Officer for Jesus' Economy talks with Victor Momoh, founder of the Sierra Leone branch of Global Missions Africa. His ministry goal is to bring the truth of Jesus to a predominantly Muslim nation and to unleash Africa's potential through the work of the Gospel. Find out how Victor and his team are doing this work. Let the Spirit bless you through their story. Listen below.  

Featuring Victor Momoh, Administer at Global Missions Africa: Sierra Leone

About Global Missions Africa

Global Missions Africa wants to ensure that Africa is for Jesus. Their pan-African missional efforts aim to reclaim Africa as an inheritance of God's purpose until the Word reaches every nation on the continent. They are currently working in Sierra Leone, Ghana, South Africa, and Madagascar -- ministering the Word, planting churches, training pastors, meeting basic needs, and providing entrepreneurship opportunities. To find out how you can support this great effort, write to Victor at globalmissionsafricasierraleone[at]gmail[dot]com.  

Or by mail, write to:
Global Missions Africa, Sierra Leone
7 New Signal Hill Road, Congo Cross
Freetown
Sierra Leone 

 

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On today's Live Your Beliefs Podcast, Kalene talks with Hayley Donor (Development and Communications Associate) and Brittany Barb (Sales and Branding Associate) of Indego Africa, a non-profit dedicated to women's empowerment in Rwanda. 

 

About Indego Africa

Indego Africa is a New York and Rwanda based non-profit whose mission is to break intergenerational cycles of poverty by providing female artisans with the tools and support to reclaim their own futures, flourish as independent business women, and drive development in their communities.

Shop for Indego Africa products in our fair trade shop. Find out more about how you can get involved with Indego Africa at their website

 

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On today's Live Your Beliefs podcast, Kalene Barry and Kathy Brooks, co-founder and director of 2nd Story Goods, talk about the changes she has witnessed God bringing in Jubilee, Haiti. Through partnership with local entrepreneurs and a healthy reliance on God's faithfulness, Kathy and her fellow Kingdom workers have witnessed miracle after miracle of community driven change. "[Haiti] is ready for a different reality," Kathy says. You won't want to miss her stories of the positive steps Jubilee residents are taking towards that new reality. 

About 2nd Story Goods

2nd Story Goods is dedicated to helping Haitians harness their natural skills and talents to create sustainable economies for their communities. They train and purchase goods from dozens of skilled craftspeople, which you can get in our fair trade shop. Find out how you can get involved with 2nd Story Goods on their website

 

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Reverend James Tembula and his team at Light of Hope Global Ministries in Kisumu, Kenya have taken up the call to train local pastors in the Bible. In this interview, Reverend James talks with Kalene Barry, Chief Projects Officer for Jesus' Economy, about the challenges facing indigenous pastors in Kenya. 

Featuring Reverend James A. Tembula, Founder and Director of Light of Hope Global Ministries in Kisumu, Kenya. 

About Light of Hope Global Ministries

Light of Hope Global Ministries provides biblical education conferences, as well as schooling and diploma programs for Kenyan pastors and Christian leaders. They also finance the work of church planting. Due to lack of funds, transportation and other barriers, many Kenyan pastors have little to no biblical education before they begin their pastorship. Get in contact with Reverend James to find out how you can support this gospel work in Kenya. Email him at jatafaith[at]yahoo[dot]com or write to: Light of Hope Global Ministries, P.O. Box 7519, Kisumu 40100, Kenya

 

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Today you are a world traveler.

You look out the windows of your sharp Manhattan apartment. The world below looks busy and crowded. People are running about on the street, selling things, dashing underground for the subway—getting in each other’s way. You sigh. For a simpler life, you think as you hail a cab to the airport.

The next afternoon your plane lands on the flat, grassy strip of runway at the Mongu airport. Western Zambia is warm this time of year, but not unbearable. A car awaits you and takes you to a nearby village the locals call the Village of Hope.

Stepping out of the car, your senses are entangled in your new surroundings. Rice filled with foreign spice is cooking in a kitchen somewhere.

There are children, bear-footed and dirty with sweat, kicking a soccer ball across a dusty field. A woman in a bright pattern skirt and shirt with a colorful cloth wound around her braided hair steps out from the largest of the buildings and calls the children to her. It’s time for school to start again. The late afternoon sun shines on their ruddy cheeks. The children run to their matron and she gathers them under her arm and into the large building.

Escaping, a little girl runs across the grassy field towards the home she shares with seven other children. The woman in the bright skirt looks imploringly at you to bring the little girl back. You run after the swift-footed child, by a playground, and finally into a small house. The wooden poles that form the walls of the house let in little shafts of light and the wind rustles softly through the thatching on the roof.

The child retrieves what she was after, a small green bear with the words, “from your American mom, Kathy” written on the side. The child flashes you a smile and escapes through the open door.

Back in your apartment in Manhattan, you sigh and pull down the shades to your bay windows. In your hand you hold a picture of the girl with the green bear. Her bright eyes and flashing smile move you to something, though you’re not sure exactly what. Putting down the picture, you turn and leave the room.  

Although this story is fictional, the Village of Hope really exists. Jesus’ Economy’s partner The Zambia Project founded the Village of Hope as a haven for orphaned children of men and women who died of HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, or one of the many other common illnesses that plague the impoverished of Zambia. The Hope Art bracelets sold in Jesus’ Economy’s fair trade store raise money to support the children in the Village of Hope. Now that you have seen the picture, what will you do?