Here at For Every Life Photography, we are donating sessions through Red Thread Sessions to adoptive families!
There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch, or tangle, but will never break.”
Red Thread Sessions was started in 2011 by two custom photographers in Texas and Maryland, both of whom added to their families through adoption. Feeling the need in their communities to celebrate the beauty of adoption through photography, Red Thread Sessions was born. Soon after, many other photographers throughout the U.S. felt moved to donate their time as well.
Although this Chinese proverb truly relates to all people, it has a particularly strong connection to adoptive families and seemed like the perfect name for this organization. The adoption community has embraced the idea of the “red thread” because the saying symbolizes the bond that all adoptive children have with their adoptive parents, even before they meet – connected by an invisible “red thread”.
One Child Matters is a child sponsorship organization helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children in poverty-stricken areas of the world. Through our ministry programs, children receive food, education, medical aid and hope in Jesus Christ. Sexual Exploitation of Children
Rural children whose families survive on subsistence farming are particularly vulnerable to the influence of promised opportunity in the city. One day a business man may arrive in the village with stories of education and jobs if the parents agree to entrust care of the young boy or girl to the stranger. Knowing this may be their only chance to escape village life, the parents apprehensively agree. Returning to the city, the children are quickly sold to traffickers who imprison the children and sell them to back alley brothels and night clubs.
Forced, deceived or lured into the commercial sex trade, children simply "disappear" into the brothels, where they face physical and emotional degradation on a daily basis that destroys their innocence, individual will and future potential. Enslaved and forgotten, they are powerless to leave.
Meeting the Need Through Ministry Partnership
The Philippines Child Rescue Home involves a unique partnership of Christian organizations working to rescue children from commercial sex trade and provide the help and hope they need to move past the trauma. One Child Matters, along with International Justice Mission, (IJM) is working to hear the silent cry of children trapped in the underground world of the Philippines' brothels. IJM is a Christian organization working through local law enforcement in poor countries around the world. Their goal is to rescue illegally exploited people - such as child sex workers in the Philippines- and to bring the perpetrators of their oppression to justice through the country's court system.