In New Orleans, Baptist Friendship House works to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the homeless, human trafficking survivors, and those living in poverty. Through their partnership with the National Human Trafficking Hotline, they are able to help more than 20,000 trafficking survivors find a safe shelter and transportation to the shelter each year.
Working with Clay to Restore Lives
By offering group counseling, the Baptist Friendship House is able to minister to women in difficult situations. As a part of the therapy provided, the artisans learn to create pottery. As women sit in a nonthreatening environment and make pottery, they feel comfortable opening up and sharing. While they make things with their hands, walls come down. Sharing, and getting their feelings out, helps healing start. Now these women are eagerly turning their pottery hobby into learning a trade and earning fair wages.
Further, as a Compassion Ministries Connections partner, Baptist Friendship House is able to receive support from people who want to connect with them. This gives you and your small group the opportunity to connect through prayer and support. On a quarterly basis, you will be encouraged to connect with them and see how you can provide help—whether that be buying supplies or sending a hopeful letter.
The Baptist Friendship House artisans make pottery items that can be purchased to provide support to the women artisans. These pieces can easily be hung on a Christmas tree, a wall, or even a magnet board using the enclosed magnetic strip. The back of each piece features the initials of the woman who made your item.
Excitingly, these artisans are introducing a new product, the Grace Cross. Each cross is uniquely handmade by artisans working to restore their lives. This cross is a reminder of the grace that Christ offers His children.
Through love, action, and in truth, Baptist Friendship house is seeking to minister to the needs of the homeless, human trafficking survivors, and those living in poverty. Because of this, resilient women have turned their hobby into a skill they can use to rebuild their lives.