Thought for the Week 24 February

Anglican Mothers Union Australia Sunday 24 February 2019 Fair Trade Matters

We are all infected one way or another with the disease – shopping! Of course there are the essentials, but they are buried in the supermarket among stuff to entice. Clothes, gifts, entertainment, how to choose and how to resist? Remembering fair trade matters is a great start. Individually we can shop for gifts and other items at a fair trade outlet. Congregations can organize a fair trade stall selling tea. Our thoughtful preparation of when and where we buy a carpet can make a tremendous difference to a weaver. She may even be able to send her daughter to school.

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honour him. Proverbs 14:31

Mothers’ Union in South Africa is committed to building a more inclusive society. Despite progress in development inequality is one of the highest in the world. Consequently many people are unable to purchase even the most basic of goods and tensions arise. Fair trade matters where there is inequality of living standards and income.

We thank God for the care MU gives to those who are victims of inequality.