One of the main purposes for my trip to Ethiopia last month was to refine some of the partnerships that have been put in front of us. We have been praying that as we move out to Ethiopia that we would be connected with great partners who share the same passion and commitment to serving the poor, orphan, and vulnerable. God has not only answered those prayers but exceeded them!
A great example at the heart of our partnerships is one shared with Paul and the Philippians. Paul used the word, koinonia,for his partnership with the Philippians. In English, it’s usually translated as “fellowship.” The Philippians loved Paul and believed in his mission, so through their faithful support they partnered—fellowshipped—with him to rescue others.
We are excited to announce in addition to our partnership with No Ordinary Love Ministries for our Orphans care ministry, we will be partnering with FashionABLE in creating sustainable business for woman in Ethiopia. FashionABLE works with women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty. They are creating opportunity for these women and also creating awesome products. The main product are beautiful scarf’s and with the purchase of a scarf you are providing jobs, and then the net profits are sent back to holistically rehabilitate more women in Ethiopia.
In Ethiopia, prostitution is often linked with deep levels of generational poverty and financial hopelessness. Lacking meaningful resources and a sense of hope, many women resort to prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families. These women are often desperate to leave the sex industry but remain trapped by a lack of opportunity and rehabilitative support.
We will be working with FashionAble in Ethiopia to bring our entrepreneurial, business, and design background to further develop the great work that is already underway.