A Destiny to Rescue

I‘m pleased to introduce you to Every (1) Matters’ first ever guest poster, Melissa Sharman! It’s an honour to have her write this week’s post and I’m sure you’ll agree; she has an amazing gift with words. That combined with her heart for justice leaves us with a wonderful, thought provoking post. Pop over and visit Melissa’s blog, Dusty Highways!

I’d love to share a journey with you. It won’t be comfortable; truth rarely is. If you allow it, it will ruffle your nicely groomed feathers, and pull at the strings of your neatly packaged heart. But it is a journey in which you may find – and it is my prayer that you do – something extraordinary. That something is you. I may not know you, but I believe that we all have a unique and beautiful gift of eternal significance to give to this broken world. Though to see the light in ourselves, sometimes we need to first open our hearts to a little brokenness.

I recently experienced my own journey through brokenness on a Speaker Training Trip with Destiny Rescue. Destiny Rescue is an aid and development organisation that works to rescue girls from sexual slavery in South-east Asia and Africa. Continue reading

Learning About Local Trafficking

This week I finally made the decision to become an abolishionist for The A21 Campaign. The A21 Campaign “is comprised of individuals, organizations, government officials, and people like you who are committed to abolishing injustice in the 21st century. Our goal is to raise awareness, take legal action where appropriate, and offer rehabilitation services to rescued victims of Human Trafficking in order to fight this injustice from a comprehensive approach. Additionally, we want to branch out to address this issue from a preventative standpoint, aiming to cripple the Human Trafficking trade so there are fewer victims that need to be rescued.”

I have thought about becoming an abolishionist for a long time but, truth be told, I felt intimidated. As a mum with young kids, no university education, limited professional experience and a limited budget, I figured there wasn’t much I could do to help. Then I realised that even if I can only do a little bit, it would be a tragedy to hold even that to myself. So, I took the plunge, signed up and during the process, learned more about Human Trafficking and specifically, trafficking into Australian. Continue reading

Party Plans Against Poverty

Hello and Happy New Year! I’m so looking forward to the year ahead and am excited about discovering what God has planned for all of our lives. As always, my hope is that Every (1) Matters will be a place where you find information, inspiration and encouragement helping you to always say “yes” to the whisper urging you to make a difference.

What better way to kick off the year than by chatting with Ros Jamieson, a woman making a notable difference in the lives of thousands. After witnessing poverty first hand, Ros began selling Fair Trade products by party plan – yep you read it right, just like Tupperware and Nutrimetics – but with some major differences. In her own words, Ros is “Just an ordinary woman doing something a little bit different.” Continue reading