Everyone has Worth

fair-trade artisans and missions

Last week I went on a personal missions trip to Peru to see a well being installed funded in part by a Pure Water, Pure Love grant. The drill had success at the 80-foot mark. Soon the teal school on the hill and village will have a water source for the first time.

We also delivered water filters in communities without access to clean drinking water. I came away from one of those villages with an early birthday present. My friend paid more than the asking price, which was about a dollar, for a cooking pot.

This treasure is a great reminder to me of the importance of being involved in fair trade. The artisans shared the process of making the pot. It starts with one family spending a day of extremely hard labor crushing rocks into powder to form the clay base. The pots are dried in a homemade kiln. Handles are added and a glaze is applied.

We saw people from three families involved in the pottery process. And I know the men of these families also care for their paraplegic mother. For their hard work, families will get about $.33 for each pot they can sell to a middle man who distributes their products in Lima.

What we do to support more than 2,000 artisans and their family members worldwide is critical. They depend on WorldCrafts orders to provide shelter for their families, purchase food, pay medical bills, and pay their children's school fees.
No one likes a bargain more than I, but not when it comes at the expense of those in poverty. God’s Word says in Proverbs 14:31, “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God” (NIV). Helping the poor is a common theme throughout the Bible.
Whenever I see my treasured cooking pot, I see the image of the artisans; and I know they are image-bearers of our loving Father. Everyone—rich and poor alike—has infinite worth in the Kingdom.
For gifts you need on any occasion, consider fair trade and WorldCrafts. You will honor the people getting the gifts. You will honor the artisans. You will honor God.
I’ll see you on the journey.

By Sandy Wisdom-Martin


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