On the surface, Teshuah Tea Company is a small business selling quality tea, coffee, and unique gift items, but there’s something far more serious behind the scenes. Bradley Hopp is the co-founder of Teshuah Tea Company and I recently spoke to him about the reason behind the business on my podcast, Bleeding Daylight.
Teshuah is the Hebrew word for deliverance and together with his business partner, Andrew, Brad works to provide deliverance for girls trapped in sex trafficking.
Andrew and his local team run a rescue house in an Asian country, bringing deliverance to girls as young as 11. The problem of sex trafficking around the world is huge.
Nearly 4 million adults and 1 million children are victims of sex trafficking, and 7 out of 10 of them are exploited in Asia and the Pacific region. It’s a 97 or 99 billion dollar a year industry. – Bradley Hopp
Back in the U.S., Brad sells products made by the rescued girls to fund the rescue work, giving the girls financial security and skills that will empower them and allow them to become independent.
In our discussion, Brad pointed out that the issue of trafficking is not just an issue for people in faraway countries but touches every country around the world.
Men are looking at pornography and they think that the girls are willing, but oftentimes they’re not. I think they said 70% or higher are actually trafficking victims. – Bradley Hopp
You can hear our conversation wherever you listen to podcasts or click the play button on the player below.
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As most of us know, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record hit the Philippines on Friday. Typhoon Haiyan has pounded the central areas of the Philippines with heavy rains, flooding, and strong winds.
Electricity and communications are out across several major cities making rescue and aid efforts even more difficult.
One of the agencies already working in the affected area is Compassion.
I spoke on the phone to Compassion Australia Communications Manager, Amy Lanham this morning about what’s happening. While it’s difficult for them to get a full picture of the situation they have had some promising preliminary reports about those involved in the hundreds of Compassion projects in the affected areas..
You can hear my chat with Amy by clicking on the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.
Compassion is taking donations to help those in the Philippines. Donations will make a difference across a number of areas.
Donating to the Disaster Relief Fund will provide urgent relief for typhoon victims. Any money raised above the need will bring immediate aid to Compassion assisted children affected by future disasters.
When you donate to the Disaster Relief Fund, you help Compassion provide vital assistance that helps restore families of Compassion-assisted children decimated by disaster. Your support helps to provide:
* Emergency food and water
* Temporary shelters (tarps, tents etc)
* Child-safe zones/reunion areas
* Emergency medical care
* Personal items (toiletries, nappies, clothes, bedding, stoves etc)
* Basic sanitation
* Cooking utensils
* Trauma counselling
* Spiritual support
* School supplies
Please pray for the children, families, staff and churches that are suffering at this time.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
— Acts 20:35 (NIV)
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