See how members of our community are using their hands and feet to join Lighthouse for Life in standing against human trafficking in South Carolina.
My name is Grace Whitbeck, I started a jewelry business, called Alabaster, 3 years ago. My freshman year of college, I felt a growing pull toward missions.
I began to dream of traveling abroad. I began training to be a local Young Life leader on mission in River Bluff high school, and I became interested
in survivors of human trafficking as I read a memoir called the Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam. I began making jewelry on my tiny
dorm floor to raise the funds necessary to go on a week long medical mission trip in Nicaragua. The funds came in. The mission trip came and went.
I then prayed that if the Lord desired for this new business to continue, that it would. Customers kept on coming, jewelry kept on selling, and I did
my best to remain faithfully obedient to the Lord.
The next summer, I used my jewelry funds to buy a plane ticket to the beloved Dominican Republic. I interned there for 5 weeks in the Lily House shelter
for women and children rescued from trafficking, prostitution, and exploitation. I prayed about the Lord’s desire and plan for my jewelry company
and soon He revealed a need for the children of the rescued women at Lily House to have the funds necessary to be sent to school (thus breaking the
cycle of the sex trade).
I came home reeling with excitement! My company now had a goal! I could use the money to help individuals I knew needed help: survivors of human trafficking and at-risk children. That summer I kept exploring the story that inspired my company name in Luke 7 about the prostitute who poured the ointment from her alabaster jar on Jesus’ feet. I care about human trafficking- because Christ cares about human trafficking. Its the most lethal and gut wrenching crime imaginable.Thus, I continue my work making jewelry.
After the internship ended, I contacted Lighthouse for Life to ask if I could help with their human trafficking ministry. I offered to design a personal piece of jewelry for the ministry and donate the profits to the Karis Shelter, and Jen made it clear this gift was evidence of Christ at work and would be a blessing! Today, I have a Karis necklace and bangle in the "Karis and Copper Collection" on my website. The profits of all of my work are split between the Lily house, Lighthouse for Life, and the Developing Global Leaders sponsorship program in the Dominican Republic. More about each of these organizations- how the Lord has led me to cross their paths, why I delight to partner with them, and how Alabaster’s money is able to leave a positive impact can be found on my webpage.
SAVE THE DATE:
September 22, 2018 - Ebenezer Freedom Run - $25 Adults / $15 Kids
We are so honored that the folks from Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church have put together this race to benefit L4L and fight against human trafficking
in South Carolina!
The race begins at 8:15am at Ebenezer PHC (501 Church St. West Columbia, SC 29172)
For more information and to register click here.
November 10, 2018 - 3rd Annual Holiday Marketplace
Lighthouse for Life is honored to partner with Living Real Magazine in this one day conference.
Our CEO, Jen Thompson, will be one of the featured speakers as will Misty Burton, who operates one of our local business partners, Tenfold Collective.
Curious about the theme of "What's Your Lemonade Stand?" - well the idea comes from the reality that each one of us have unique gifts, passions, abilities, personalities and experiences the Lord wants to use in our own spheres of influence as we express our faith in Him. Throughout the day you'll hear the original conversation where the Lemonade Stand idea was first expressed as well as a real life example of how real people have lived it out.
Are you looking for a way to join the local fight against human trafficking, or perhaps just want to know more about how the community is involved?
Join us for the Richland County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, led by Alexis Scurry, on Friday, September 21, 2018. This task force will meet at 10am at 2500 Decker Blvd, Columbia, SC in the Community Room. Bob Healy, Heather Cook, and Jen Thompson will be among those sharing.
As North and South Carolina reel from the destruction of Hurricane Florence, lets not forget to say an extra prayer against the hidden destrucive force
of human trafficking that clings to the wake of natural disasters and brings an equally devastating destruction to vulnerable human lives.
You can learn more about how hurricanes fuel human trafficking from:
The Polaris Project - Natural Disasters and the Increased Risk for Human Trafficking
PRI's The World - Human Trafficking is a Hidden Aftermath of Natural Disasters
Good food, yummy treats, heart-warming coffee, and a great atmosphere all with a sincere love for their community - The Peanut Man!
We are truly grateful for their partnership with Lighthouse for Life!
Each month, the Peanut Man supports two local organizations (Lighthouse for Life and the Courage Center) as well as a local cause, and YOU get to help. It's simple and fun. For every cup or bag of coffee you purchase you get a colored chip that you can then place in a container for one of their three community partnerships. Then, 10% of your purchase will go towards that cause. You can also leave extra donations or tips.
Also, starting next week you will be able to purchase our "Grace wins" and "Let there be Light" T-shirts at the Fermandina Rd. location!
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