I don't even remember when it really started, it was a few years ago, but I began to think more and more about those around the world being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. We would donate money here and there through a couple of organizations, but it was sporadic and there are many different worthy causes out there to give money to. Then in early 2012 I got one of those "wouldn't it be great if..." thoughts. I pictured myself making hand bound books (something I enjoy and can do) and selling them on Etsy, and the proceeds going solely towards persecuted Christians. "Yeah, that would be neat," I thought, but at the time didn't quite know how to get started.
It was the time around another life change, and I found myself living with my in-laws (whole other story) with a lot of time on my hands. Enter bookbinding. Previously, all the books which I had made ended up as gifts. Now, I was making books, not with a specific person in mind, but a cause. Once I worked up a small inventory I opened my first ever Etsy store. The proceeds of which will be donated through various organizations to those facing persecution.
I choose the title "We Are Bound Together" because of it's double meaning. As my books are bound together, Christians too are bound together in Christ. I believe it is important not to forget our brothers and sisters around the world.
Don't get me wrong, there are many wonderful causes and organizations out there that need support. This particular one is just my passion. Please support the ones in which you feel you need to support, and don't feel guilty because you can't support them all.
If you do feel like you want to support Persecuted Christians, then feel free to donate personally to Open Doors or Voice of the Martyrs. I do not take donations, those are able to be given easily enough directly to an organization. It may be more fun too, as many have catalogues and you can see where your money is going.
Bookbinding is what I do. There are many things out there which you can do too, even if you are not "skilled". Have a garage sale, busy mom's can bake with their kids and do a bake sale, while teaching their children about cooking, organizing, and accounting at the same time. If you want to do something, do what you can do, and towards what you feel is needed.
Thanks for listening.