Several days ago I wrote a post about the Haiti earthquake and one woman's concern for people she met there. Rebecca Sower returned from Haiti just days before the earthquake with a suitcase full of Haitian art. She opened an Etsy shop and a blog, Haiti by Hand, to showcase the work of the Haitians, with the purpose of sending 100 percent of the funds from the sale of the art back to the people who made it. Their goal is to construct a center where they can sell their products to visitors and tourists.
The Haitian art sold out quickly, but Rebecca's vision went further. She asked for donations from artists and crafters to stock the shop. Again 100 per cent of the funds go to directly to the Haitian people. The artists pay for the shipping themselves.
While praying and giving money is wonderful (and something we've done), doing something with my hands makes me feel more involved. I put one of my journals in the shop yesterday and I'm happy to say it will be shipped to its new owner today. Artwork by Charlotte Lyons and others is in the shop now and going fast. People all over the world have opened their hearts and their wallets to help the Haitians. It's moments like this, when the world comes together, that gives me a picture of the unity Christ intends for his children.