05 June 2006

Sari Bari

Check this out....my friends in Kolkata, India have started a blog for Sari Bari, the blanket-making business they run employing girls and women who have left (and most times been rescued from) the sex trade. Girls are trafficked by the thousands from the villages of Nepal, rural India and other places and basically sold as indentured slaves. This is an incredible business and ministry, an amazing picture of redemption and healing.

Because of the stigma attached to the work they have been forced to do, these women and girls are outcast from society; they are shunned, humiliated and abused not only by the people who enslave them, but also from corrupt police and higher-ups (who often use them as well, rather than protecting them), and of course the general population.

My friends there, Kristin & Sarah, are lights in a very dark place. If you've seen the movie "Born into Brothels", that is the neighborhood where they live and work. It is hard work. They daily come face to face with intense injustice and evil. When I pray for them, I pray for hope; and when I picture the women they are inviting into the business, and the redemption taking place, I like to think of the imagery in Isaiah 62:1-5:

1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch.

2 The nations will see your righteousness,
and all kings your glory;
you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.

3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

4 No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,(Hephzibah means my delight is in her)
and your land Beulah;(Beulah means married)
for the LORD will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.

5 As a young man marries a maiden,
so will your sons marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you.


Blogger Heidi V. said...

How neat! I went to the site but didn't see how to purchase a quilt. I may check into it cause I would love to get one for my family! I know Maggie is selling clothing from Nepali woman that have fled the message parlors. I should see if she will post some of the clothing on a blog. One Nepali woman, Debra, made Maggie breathtaking shawls to bring back last Christmas. They were SO well made with such stories behind them.

2:23 PM  
Blogger angela said...

it's a bummer, at this point i don't think they take orders from individuals, since the business is just getting going. they have a distributor in the u.s. that handles things for them.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Laura Wachsmuth said...

I love the verses of redemption you've picked for your dear friends:

"You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God..."

The other day several Liberian girls and I made a garland of wild clover. We took turns wearing the crown of purple/white blossoms on our heads like queens.

It blessed me to see these girls, who have come out of horror, wearing such lovely, joyful crowns.

12:04 AM  

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