Sunday, November 3, 2013

Eden Ministry

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A "Red Light" District in Thailand
In Red Light districts across Asia girls are being exploited, often involuntarily but sometimes voluntarily as these girls come from small villages in hopes to escape poverty. Most of these girls are tricked into prostitution, manipulated and abused. Often these girls feel stuck, stuck in a life they didn't choose, either because they have a pimp threatening their lives or their self-worth has become so low that they can't even imagine having, or deserving, a better life.

Eden Ministry is offering a solution. Eden teams reach out to the prostitutes, offering medical clinics where they can educate on the dangers of STD's and HIV, as well as providing crisis pregnancy care. Shelter, along with counseling, is offered to girls who are ready to walk away from prostitution. 
"Eden serves to restore freedom for the captives of Asia's red light districts through holistic programs- transforming body, mind and spirit. Using our international jewelry business as a platform, we provide career and skill training- empowering women for a new life and future. We continually innovate prevention and outreach programs- transforming entire communities. Eden is a voice to the oppressed, a light to the darkness."
Impressive to me is the extra measures that Eden Ministry is taking. Not only are they ministering to those who are already victims of the sex industry, but they are also reaching out to educate girls, teaching them to watch out for those who may try to lure them in. 

Some of the  women/girls who find shelter in Eden Ministry make jewelry. The profits from the jewelry sales provide an income for the girls as well as covering costs of food and shelter. They have many beautiful bracelets, earrings and necklaces to choose from. Here's just a sample: 
Turquoise Mosaic BraceletTree of Life EarringsMoonstone Necklace

This week a women's event is being hosted at Autumn Ridge Church. A short program will introduce and discuss the impact that the ministries of Deepgreen and Eden Ministry are having on women in China. Products will also be available to purchase. If you live in the Rochester, MN area, I encourage you to attend this event. Although it is free, space is limited so you must register here

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