By Samantha Gale
Being a Faith Driven Consumer is not easy. There’s no way around the fact that it takes extra time and effort to make sure that your money is going to companies and individuals who support Christian values and use their money to further the Kingdom.
It is even harder when you are working on a tight budget. As a college student who is somewhat new to the idea of shopping with these things in mind, I had a tough time adjusting to the thought and research process involved.
I find that it takes specific motivation to dedicate oneself to the process, and for me, that motivation is found in the children of El Porvenir district of Trujillo, Peru.
In the summer of 2010, I interned with Inca Link International for three months, leading short-term teams around the city, participating in several ministries that focus on working with children and serving the local church. It was then that I fell in love with the people and the culture of Peru, specifically the children, but it wasn’t until recently that I started to realize just how much my everyday actions affect the kids that I love so much.
Do the companies I support provide opportunities to citizens of third-world countries, or do they exploit them? Do they give to organizations that serve the least of these, or do they choose to give their money to causes that go against the Christian faith?
Almost every organization participates in some sort of philanthropy, and I need to research those causes in order to honestly say that I have devoted my life to caring for the people I love and feel called to serve.
Yes, it takes time and effort, but with resources like FDC, it is not nearly as difficult as it used to be to do your research before buying a product or service. I found my motivation in the children of Peru.
Where will you find yours?