The article, “Is Trades of Hope a Scam” has been shared around and I finally had the time to respond to it. These are my honest thoughts as someone who has been a part of Trades of Hope for over 4 years:
My dad, Billy Ray Edwards, is spending his first Father’s Day in Heaven. Initially he was recovering from his stroke in April very well. He was determined and making progress, but complications from diabetes, dehydration, and eventually pneumonia weakened his frail body to the point where quality of life was dwindling and Jesus was calling him Home at 79 years old. We are so grateful for the assurance of Where he is and the knowledge of who he was. Continue reading
(I was excited and thankful that Pastor Dale gave me the opportunity to share about my enlightening trip to Haiti with our wonderful congregation at New Life Church.)
Thank you to so many of you who were praying for our trip and especially to Luke who kept the kids alive while I was gone. 😉 The first question PD asked was
It’s important to research any new endeavor that we are considering. I love to research, so I’ve done a lot of the work for you. I’m going to share FIVE THINGS about Trades of Hope that I didn’t know until I get involved in hopes that it helps you make a more informed decision.
When I heard of Trades of Hope from a friend over 2 1/2 years ago, I was initially intrigued by the genius idea of creating jobs in America that directly partnered with artisans around the world to break the cycle of poverty. And to do it not just practically, but through creating and marketing beautiful products was quite a bonus. I watched every youtube video I could find (which wasn’t very many at the time) and scoured the website for more details. I was hesitant about the Direct Sales and home party business model, because I had some negative experiences in the past. Continue reading
I woke up earlier than expected this morning, so I decided to be better about taking advantage of living in this beautiful coastal town. I took our dog Sadie for a walk on the beach (I forget that it means an automatic bath for my furry friend) and found the ocean to be very generous with its gift of sea glass today. Continue reading
My kids think I’m a little off because I’m regularly brought to tears by any number of things like: children’s books, empowered overcomers, and (obviously) American Ninja Warrior. (One of my pet peeves, though, is when people apologize when they cry as if it’s wrong or weird, so I have made a commitment to never apologize for my Leaky Gene.) Over the years my heart has been tenderized into a pulpy, beautiful mess of compassion and empathy. (And apparently peri-menopause is now an ingredient in my soul cocktail. So that’s fun…)
But recently I’ve experienced tears of a different kind. There are tears of joy, rage, sadness, and even gratitude, but lately, I have shed tears that come from a place of appreciating PASSION. Continue reading
It is difficult to put into words the experience you have when God drops you into another country and starts showing off. But those who know me well, know that this “word girl” will certainly give it her best shot – and attempt to do so with brevity. #lordhavemercy
I just returned from a week long Trades of Hope Vision Trip with 9 other Compassionate Entrepreneurs from around the country (and 2 staffers – love you, Julie and Mary Ann!) to the beautiful nation of Costa Rica. We partner worldwide with underprivileged artisans (and related ministries) by selling their beautiful handmade accessories and decor here in the states to empower them out of poverty.
It is specifically called a Vision Trip, because we are going to SEE with our own eyes: the need, the people, and the redemption. And as I met our artisans, toured the ministry sites, soaked in the beauty, and even connected with my fellow sisters, I began to observe a weaving theme of CONTRAST. It’s true everywhere, but I had the privilege of getting close to the brokenness and beauty of Costa Rica. Continue reading