Shop with a Purpose!

By Al and Diane Mellinger

Yes, Christmas is less than 2 months away and we have been busy ordering our stock for the holidays for the stores we operate here in Bulgaria. How nice would it be to have a store near each of you, so you could shop at it and get your Christmas gifts?

Unfortunately, we do not but we do have a way for you to do some of your Christmas shopping online!

As followers of Jesus we know we are to be good stewards of what we are given. We all want our income to go further. We like to get things at a good price but when we do, we may be supporting slavery somewhere in the world. You may save a few coins but often this only encourages the sweat shops to make more and keep their worker’s wages too low.

In Bulgaria, jobs are hard to come by, as corruption is all around. About 25% of Bulgarians live and work overseas to make a living for their families. Most, if they could, would prefer to stay in Bulgaria. However, between the choice of working and providing for their family or staying near and not being able to provide – they choose to go abroad. This choice then, takes them away from their home and families for months at a time.

That is one of the reasons why we began New Start, our company here in Bulgaria. New Start allows folks to work in their homes and supplement their income in support of their families. The only way we can keep them employed is for people to purchase the knitwear they make. The more we sell, the more we can keep them working. To encourage that, we are running a special now through Nov. 15 – FREE SHIPPING!

We want to get as much of the knitwear we have out! If you are not sure what to get for the people in your life, why not think about shopping with a purpose at one of our online stores?

These stores are: martketplacemanna.biz (a North America site in dollars) or frombulgariawithlove.com (a European site in euros).

Just type in the code “shipfree” in the checkout box when asked. We know it is not a huge saving but it is our way of saying thanks for your support and Merry Christmas!

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