The artisans of Begin Anew Refugee Artisan Group are all refugees recently resettled in the Nashville area. When these women come to the US, they are grateful they’ve been resettled in a nation of freedom. But, in the midst of these freedoms they are also bound by fear. Thrust into an unknown culture filled with a foreign language and indecipherable customs, experiences as simple as purchasing groceries can be terrifying.
The Ministry of Begin Anew
Begin Anew, a Christian Women’s Job Corps site, has stepped in to minister to the refugees in their area. Through Begin Anew, refugees are offered holistic services including English as a Second Language classes, navigation of legal and governmental services, assistance with community services such as healthcare, and tutoring in job readiness skills. The program is faith-based. Each time they meet, the refugees learn more of the eternal hope offered by their Father.
The Partnership with WorldCrafts
Through a partnership with WorldCrafts, Begin Anew now offers refugee women an opportunity to earn a living wage by creating screen printed products. As you see the women’s smiles while they work, you realize this is much more than simple screen printing. The process represents a restoration of each woman’s sense of self-worth and hope for a bright future.
As WorldCrafts artisans, the women of Begin Anew hand screen print several products:
Micah 6:8 Banner
The Micah 6:8 Banner is beautiful for decorating either your home or office. It serves as a constant reminder of God’s desire for His followers to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.
Stand Firm Bag
Whether you’re going to the beach or to the library, the durable canvas Stand Firm Bag is perfect for day trips or every day use. Wherever you go, this bag will open opportunities for you share with others how you can stand firm in your faith.
Be Transformed Bag
From a trip to the grocery store to an afternoon at the gym, the Be Transformed Bag will serve all your needs. The durable canvas bag is washable and is sturdy enough for frequent use.
How You Can Partner with Begin Anew
In addition to purchasing Begin Anew Refugee Artisan Group’s hand crafted products, there are a couple of ways you can join WorldCrafts to support Begin Anew’s ministry:
Order Custom Bags
If you are planning an event, you can place a custom order for hand screen printed canvas bags. In addition to gifting your guests with high-quality hand crafted products, your order also creates meaningful, life-sustaining work for the refugee artisans. Visit WorldCrafts.org/begin-anew-custom-orders to learn more.
Host a Benefit
Your, your small group, or your church can host a one-month online WorldCrafts benefit to support Begin Anew. All you have to do is register to host a benefit and the WorldCrafts team will develop a promotional kit just for you. Twenty percent of the sales generated by your benefit will be sent directly to Begin Anew. You can visit WorldCrafts.org/beginanewhost to learn more.
Begin Anew empowers individuals to overcome the obstacles caused by poverty by providing education, mentoring, and resources. They believe everyone deserves a chance to Begin Anew and walk a journey to a brighter future.
Won’t you join us in supporting their mission?