• Not Just a Handout

    "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day; teach him how to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime; but invest in his fishing business, and buy his product, and he'll feed his whole village." 
    -Joe Knitting, CEO Global Orphan Project
     

    Since day one when I heard about Breaking Chains' ministry, I was enthralled.  On one hand, they have a very strong justice component to the ministry that runs sting operations all over Latin America to arrest perpetrators and free victims of s*x trafficking.  Their work is like something out of an amazing action movie, but it's for real.

    When I found out about the other component of their ministry that worked in their local country by helping women off the streets and empowering them through a 90 day Christian discipleship program, I was floored.  What a restorative complement to such work!

    So I thought I'd walk through the process of the Princesa Program to give a look at how this restoration takes place.

    First of all, they have a huge waiting list for this program because the need is so great and there really isn't anything like it in the area there.  Being a small ministry and because of the intense nature of it, Breaking Chains can only handle a limited number for each class and so the women are prayerfully interviewed to determine the best possible fit and outcome for each.

    After beginning the program, each Princesa is presented with several business options that she may operate to sustain her family.  Ideally, for a business to be Princesa worthy, they are home-based or child friendly so she can be close to her children to meet their needs and protect them.  For purchasing efficiencies, Breaking Chains has pre-packaged several types that have worked well in Latin America, which include laundry services, juice stands, sit down food stands, or small convenience stores.

    Upon graduation, each Princesa has not only been trained in Christian disciplines, but also has all that she needs practically for a successful business.  Each business that Breaking Chains fully funds costs around $1000 USD and provides the main start up goods, including tables, chairs, stove, refrigerator, initial goods, etc.

    Very thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, they work extremely hard to make it successful and truly break the chains of economic bondage forever.  Breaking Chains representatives continue to be in communication with the graduate Princesas and periodically visit their local businesses, offer continual prayers and moral support.  Additionally, the Princesas are involved in their local churches, give back their time and return to share their testimony with other Princesas just beginning the program.

    This economic empowerment is what allows them to feed their village, quite literally.  This cycle of poverty and desperation is broken one Princesa at a time through hope in Jesus Christ and with the help of His hands and feet through Breaking Chains.

    I would love to hear your thoughts!

    Esther's Necklaces celebrates the worthiness of each of those who are called daughters of the King with princess inspired jewelry which supports anti-human trafficking efforts in Latin America.

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    • Jamie says...

      This beautifully and accurately portrays what Breaking Chains does on a daily basis. They work hard, tirelessly doing well what God has called them to do through all the obstacles that arise. So inspiring!

      October 16, 2017

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