Y’all have the most beautiful God-sized dreams. What a blessing, in the midst of the holiday craziness, to stop and read what God has uniquely put on each of your hearts. I had no idea when I was putting these giveaway days together how much fun it would be to read through & respond to the comments. I’ll be honest – like every other blogger, I love comments. BUT. I’m horrible at responding to them. Thankful for grace & readers who keep coming back anyway – but I promise I read every one of them. Or, I do when I finally realize I have comments – silly Disqus doesn’t seem to want to send me email notifications now that it’s on WordPress 😉
Who’s ready for giveaway day 6? I think you’ll love this one!
Today’s giveaway is brought to you by Freeset and Ann Voskamp. Oh yes. If that’s not a power house team of awesome world change & amazingness! One amazingly lucky winner will receive a set of 3 Freeset bangles and a copy of Ann Voskamp’s new Christmas devotional, The Greatest Gift (Amazon affiliate link).
Instead of my story about why I love Freeset, why you’ll love these bangles, and how they’ve impacted my life, I thought maybe you’d prefer to hear a story from a woman who has been directly affected by the work of Freeset.
When Isha was introduced to Freeset she was concerned about her son’s future, “I worried about whether I could manage to work and earn enough for my son so he could grow up to be a man.”
Isha’s concern soon gave way to a new realization, “Slowly I came to understand that if I worked well, then I could manage my finances too. I could save some money to buy milk for my son so my Mum could look after him while I was training. I realised I needed to stay and work at Freeset so my son would be cared for and would grow up well.”
As for many of the women at Freeset, Isha’s training to sew was full of apprehension. She remembers, “At first I was very frightened, I couldn’t make good bags. I was given extra time to learn and someone sat with me for days helping me – now I can make good bags. I have learned to sew all the different parts of the bags.”
But now her confidence has grown, “I like work, it’s good. I was very frightened, but now I have no fear and no worries. I can sew well now, my wage is better too and my son has good food and is growing up well. He’s learning to read and write well.”
Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade. We make quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, but our business is freedom!
And I highly doubt I need to say anything to you about why I love Ann Voskamp or how her new Christmas devotional, The Greatest Gift is changing my heart this season. But did you know that Ann is one of the best huggers on the planet? That she loves with her whole heart, listens more in 5 minutes that I do in an entire day, and inspires me to take the time to stop simply be present in the Presence of the God who loves us beyond our wildest imaginations? Miss Ann makes me want to be part of the “Esther” generation – to do what God is calling me to do, for “such a time as this.” And this Christmas season, I would just love for one of you to be blessed as I have by her new devotional.
All you need to do to be entered to win is to fill out the lovely PunchTab thingy, below 🙂 All of the giveaways will be open through Thanksgiving and then winners will be emailed directly! If you missed a couple days, feel free to go back and enter now.