Featured Link: The Not For Sale Campaign

In my previous post I raised the issue of human slavery, which, despite all illusions to the contrary, is very much alive and well in our day and age.  I mentioned that this issue is alive and well in many parts of the world, from the sweatshops of south Asia to the child soldiers of Uganda to right here in the dear old U. S. of A.

So today let me direct your attention to an organization which is rising to confront this issue head-on.  The Not For Sale Campaign is an organization which is dedicated to raising awareness of slavery and human trafficking in our day.  It is a movement of people from all professions and walks of life who are united in the desire to see an end to slavery in our time.  There is much that you can do to help raise awareness of this issue, and the website is chock full of ideas and resources for you to get involved.

So bop on over and check out the Not For Sale Campaign, and join the fight to end slavery in our time.

Featured Link: BloodWater Mission

Africa is a place filled with intense poverty and suffering.  BloodWater Mission is committed to relieving the suffering of the African people, specifically by providing blood free of the AIDS virus and water free of disease-causing parasites and bacteria.

You can get involved with BloodWater Mission through their 1000 Wells project.  All it takes is $1 to provide clean water to one African person for one year.  Check out how you can get involved in their 1000 Wells project.

Featured Link: The Seed Company

I have just started a new category called “Featured Links”.  Every so often, I will take time out from the usual diatribe thing to focus upon an organization that is doing something to make a difference in the world.

A couple of weeks back I wrote a post entitled “You Can Tell a Lot About a Person by the Bible Translation They Use”.  This was a response to a few posts debating the merits of various translations of the Bible that I found while bopping around the blogosphere.  I made the point that translation is never an exact science because there is never a one-to-one correspondence between words in different languages.  There are many different philosophies of translation, and thus it is possible for two people who both have an equally great respect for the Word of God and desire to see it translated faithfully and accurately can arrive at philosophies of translation which are almost completely opposite.

I had a couple of responses to this piece.  One commenter was a Bible translator who spent several years living overseas with a people group which does not yet have a copy of the Bible in its own language.  He made the point that it shows the misplaced priorities of the English-speaking church that we have several translations of the Bible in our language while millions of people around the world do not yet have any translation of the Bible in their language, and we sit around and argue over finer points of our own translations.

He raises a valid point.  And so, in light of this, I would like to direct your attention to an organization which is helping to make a difference in this regard by translating the Bible into languages where no copy of the Bible yet exists.  That organization is called The Seed Company.

It is easy to get involved with them.  Through their OneVerse campaign, you can give $26 a month and help out with the work of Bible translators who are working with people groups that do not yet have a copy of the Bible in their own language.

If you are also of the opinion that, as English-speaking Christians, our priorities would be better placed upon the work of translating the Bible into languages that do not yet have their own copy, then I would encourage you to check out The Seed Company and explore the opportunities for involvement which they offer.

Featured Link: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee

Most of you would probably be surprised to know that Rwanda produces some of the world’s finest coffee.  You can get some right here at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee.

Rwanda was deeply and profoundly affected by the genocides of 1994, in which over a million ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus lost their lives to extremist Hutu militias in just 100 days.

Now Rwanda is one of the world’s leading producers of coffee.  There’s a small problem, though:  Rwandan coffee growers usually receive only 40 cents per pound of coffee harvested when they need at least 60 cents per pound to cover the expenses of growing the coffee.

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee is helping to make up the difference, offering coffee growers up to $1.86 per pound of coffee.  This provides coffee growers with a living wage where they can provide for their families and send their children to school.

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee is also helping to promote racial reconciliation among the people of Rwanda, by providing a place where Twas, Hutus, and Tutsis who were once deeply distrustful of each other now work together toward the goal of rebuilding their lives and their country.

Drink coffee.  Do good.  Support Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee in their efforts to provide a decent living for Rwandan coffee growers and promote reconciliation among the people of Rwanda, and enjoy some of the world’s finest coffee at the same time.

UPDATE:  In light of this, I feel REALLY GOOD about promoting Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee here.  Apparently it’s because I’m white that I don’t mind paying extra to know that I’m making a difference.