Beauty in Brokenness

Riding on the edge of death

I've never felt more alive

I guess life was less scary when we used close our eyes

But beauty can't be seen when we're crippled by lies

Exposure stings but Truth never hides

So I'll take a leap of faith and finally open mine

Love everlasting:

I left myself for someone better

To a friend I loved, I sent a goodbye letter

To my flesh, I've upset her

Closure is what I found though

Living is more than about being a go-getter

A single resounding sound

And now, I wear a crown

Spirit filled, I'm one with you

The Kings authority transferred to me

I've inherited a crown of royalty

Everlasting, death conquered

in Forever, temporary isn't to be feared

No fear of death

Don't have much left

Breathless, but full of air in my chest

I used to stray left but now I walk right

I look Straight and Narrow, Because the path I knew was too wide.

A maze that I thought I could never escape

I cried out and knew being trapped wasn't my fate

So I'll stop hiding and reach up high

For higher than me and beyond the clouds

I've never seen the light

But now I’m willing

Because I know there's a fight

In me and its God-willing

I thought it was too late

But I found a savior

Nothing's impossible

With this love, I don't owe any favors

I yearn for more, all of life's flavors

So give me a taste of your presence

Until forever because I can't live without it

Anything you use me for, I'll allow it

Cause I'm your vessel and I know it

Once broken mended by your spirit  
 

You hear my cries, I know you feel it

I’ll bring you my brokenness cause I know you can heal it.

By JMIJIN

Cafe Encounters in Norway

BY ELISABET ENGSBRATEN

      [OSLO, NORWAY]

       I had a short conversation a while ago. I walked over to where a girl was sitting and asked how she was doing. At first it didn’t seem like she wanted to talk, - she was having a difficult night, but after a few minutes she had more or less told me her life story. She is the oldest of many children with the same father, and her mother is one of his many wives. She also has children herself. She helped raise all her siblings and half-siblings, and as she got older her parents expected (and needed) her to contribute financially as well.

       As many other young girls from her home country in Africa, she travelled to Europe. She had work for a short while, but the workplace was recently shut down. Her only option was to travel to the next country, and the profession awaiting her here was what some girls call “the business”. Now she has no job during the day, and at night she sells her body on the city streets, not far from where I live.

       A long list of things explains why she is stuck in her current situation. She has no job opportunities in her home country. Her parents expect money from their daughter. After all, she is one of the lucky ones living in prosperous Europe. In addition, she most likely owes money to the people who brought her here. Witchcraft is also common where she is from, and it is frequently used to threat and control young girls. She lives in fear of her own life and the lives of her family. It all started with her simply being born into poverty. She wasn’t sold by her parents, she wasn’t kidnapped. Her story is more complex than that. Exploitation has many different faces. Including ones that can easily be concealed.

       We were sitting in a cafe close to where I live. In the safe and wealthy country where I happened to be born. It’s fair to say that a conversation like this interrupts my generally comfortable life. We talked for a short while, and we prayed together. She is rightfully angry and tired of life, but for some reason she seems to have more hope than most people. I couldn’t tell her what would happen in the future, but I did tell her I would continue to hope with her, because I believe there is hope!

KALAH CONFERENCE 2015

       Kalah 2015 was so powerful and we were so honored to be a part of it. We feel so inspired by everyone who used their creative gifts and voices to speak against modern day slavery and be a voice on behalf of the voiceless. We feel beyond blessed and encouraged to be using fashion as a voice for Justice and want to continue to share our message to help end Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery! We are so grateful for and love all of our friends & family who continue to believe in our vision and invite new friends to be a part of our Justice family! We are excited for what this year will bring and believe that anything, even what little we feel we have or are given, can be multiplied as we faithfully steward out what has been given to us. We are believing in greater things for Justice this year and want to continue to share the message of hope, courage, and love. Justice starts with the small things, so let's continue to be faithful with what we've been given and not limit the resources we have.