Some problems are so big that it seems like there is no way to fix them.  Ever.  So why try?  Sex trafficking is one of those issues for me.  For one thing, I’d rather not ruin my day with the sordid details.  The facts literally turn my stomach, and send me somewhere dark that I really don’t want to go.  But the truth is that Jesus has called us to be the light in dark places, and the number of dark places in this case are drastically on the increase. And not only in far off and forgotten places, but right here in the United States.

Recently I wrote about a girl who had been abducted and taken to a neighborhood near mine where she was handcuffed to a bed for three years.  The problem is no longer one that can be easily ignored.  But how does one person make a difference?

Today I am writing about one such person.  Chantelle Thompson is a young woman with a world wide view.  An Australian living in the Chicago area, she found a way to not only change her world, but to allow others to change it with her.  As a member of Family Harvest Church, she was asked to come up with a project for Bella, the ministry for women at the church.  She immediately thought of the Kwagala Project, which she had heard of at an earlier women’s event.

The Kwagala Project founded by Kristen Hendricks, is a small Chicago based ministry working both here and abroad to inform the public about human trafficking and to rescue its victims.  Kristen started by donating the proceeds from a small custom purse business she had founded. The charity has grown beyond her business and now provides Northern Uganda’s first rehabilitative residence for sexually exploited girls, as well as vocational training and school scholarships.

What was Chantelle’s idea?  A church cookbook.  I know what you’re thinking.  You’re imagining one of those comb bound cookbooks with endless pages of jello molds and 27 slight variations on chicken with rice.  Instead, Bella’s Favorites is a beautiful hard cover book with over 225 family recipes and full color photos.  The genius of this idea is that everyone was able to contribute in part toward helping girls break free, from recipe donations to photo shoots and food artists, to the proud new owners of Bella’s Favorites. Chantelle planned tasting parties not only for the benefit of the contributors, but also so that pictures could be taken of the dishes to be featured in the book.

The cookbook premiered and sold out at the Bella Making Life Beautiful Conference, and Chantelle and the ministry are already planning a second edition. have printed a second edition!

Please visit the Kwagala website to see how you can contribute to their very worthy cause.  THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX…There ARE ways YOU can make a difference.  Chantelle did, and she was kind enough to bring me along with her.


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  2. HopeUnbroken says:

    love what you’re doing here!!! can’t wait to continue seeing the revealing and what the Lord will do. thanks for following your heart, for having the courage to share. i admire you, really.
    and as a side note–really cool design. 🙂

  3. This is an awesome post, thank you for sharing!

  4. Guineveresj says:

    Awesome… Let me know when the second edition is available. xo

  5. What an amazing idea! It just goes to show that while we can’t make the evil in the world go away, there are things we can be doing to combat it, things that will make a difference. Thanks for posting! 🙂

  6. Jen says:

    I love your new blog!! So glad I could come by — this is so exciting! Would love for you to let Amy Sullivan know about this — she’s #4 this week. I think she would be really inspired by this and might be able to promote it at her blog — Gracious Giving.

  7. Fabulous! LOVE the title of this blog, and especially the heart behind it. (you’re dead on about the average church cookbook too! lol)

    Thanks for stopping by my place. Do come back again. We may be kindred spirits dear 🙂
    Great to meet you ‘Kimberly Dawn’!

  8. happygirl says:

    You will make a difference. You can’t save them all, but you will save some. God bless you.

  9. brian says:

    nice…what a cool way to make a difference as well as get so many people involved…

  10. i love this blog. i love this cookbook. i love the way Christ is shining you and her … bless you sister.

  11. pattisj says:

    I’m always interested in hearing of ways to help those victimized by this horrendous crime.

  12. […] Since human trafficking is the very first issue addressed here at What In The World R U Doing 4 Christ’s Sake? I […]

  13. […]   Please consider purchasing this beautiful cookbook. The recipes are fantastic, (this writer might just have a few in there!) Just click on the picture and proceed to checkout. The proceeds from the profit go towards the Kwagala Project, which helps rescue young women in Africa from human trafficking. To find out more about the incredible story of this cookbook project visit my other blog, What In The World R U Doing 4 Christ’s Sake? […]

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