Benita | Week 4

Hello All,

The last two weeks have been the most inundating of all, but well worth the sacrifice.  To hear from those on the front lines making a difference fighting slavery today, was such a privilege.  To be able to share the last two weeks with so many other NFS Academy students (26 total) who are trying to find a way to combat slavery and to hear their thoughts was rewarding.  So many from all walks of life and all over the world.  From the countries of Argentina, Greece, Belgium, and Australia, the cities of Boulder, Orlando, Dayton, Scranton, Minneapolis, and the states of Georgia, Arkansas, Oregon to name a few, students, teachers, professors, missionaries, lay people and more – all abolitionists in their own right eager to join in the fight against slavery.

Last week I mentioned the subject matter of the week, but this week took a drastic turn for me.  The topic was labor and supply chains and how to determine which companies are really being truthful and are allowing an open-end look into their companies from the raw materials to the finished product.  Do you know who picked the cotton for the shirt you’re wearing today?  Many, including children are forced to work and miss school as part of the law in various countries to pick their quota of cotton.  Though it may be lawful in some countries, it doesn’t make it right for us to contribute by purchasing the products.  So much research to be done to insure that our supply chains are really fair-trade.

The highlight of the week for me was the visit to a migrant farm worker organization to hear from the director and others about how they feed, house and help those who work in the fields.

My focus will once again go back to completing my tasks for the staff at Not For Sale.  We have a lot to accomplish this week in preparation for the upcoming Soulfest next week and the Global Forum in the Fall.

Hey, send me a reply with questions or to let me know you’re enjoying hearing about this journey.  I so appreciate your support.  Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support.  Please know, it is greatly appreciated.

Until next time . . . . .

Benita Hopkins,
Not For Sale Campaign Fellow

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