The Cup: A place that inspires hope for the future


By: Frin Masters

In Kolkata, everyone drinks ‘cha’, a delicious blend of tea, milk, sugar and spices that is sold
from numerous roadside stalls. Traditionally, it is served in simple clay cups that are
discarded once used. No longer serving a purpose, they lie broken and unwanted in the

In my community, many men ‘consume’ the women who are sold from numerous roadside
brothels. Like the cha cup, these women are also used, discarded and lie broken and
unwanted. Sadly, unlike the cha cup, they only remain unwanted until the next consumer
arrives, a customer who will overlook and compound the damage due to his preoccupation
with self-gratification.

Story over.

Not in the hands of the potter. The creator of the cha cup is able to take the broken pieces
and fit them back together, restoring the intended form. With the right glue, that cup may
even be stronger than it was originally. Moreover, as implicit within the name, the creator is
creative. With the creator’s decorative touch, the restored cha cup can display a beauty that
surpasses its pre-damaged existence.

We are placing the opportunity for this type of transformation within the grasp of the women
in our community by opening ‘The Cup’, a beautiful café where the women can experience
community, hope, fun and freedom. It will be:

A place for healthy relationships and growing community
A place that inspires hope for the future
A place to have fun with friends and family
A place where transformative freedom begins,

No person should remained trapped, or be defined by their trauma. With the right help and
support, these broken lives can not only be restored, but also be transformed into something
infinitely more beautiful than originally intended.

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Eyes to See

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

By: Laura Rinas

When I was in college, I decided that to change the world (which I was obviously going to do…), I needed to do something drastic. I switched my majors, ditching a business major and picking up a theology major. I enrolled in a Missions class, decided that I was going to take the Paul route and be single forever cause there is no way to do missions as a married woman, obviously.  I was definitely going to move to Africa, because Missions work doesn’t live in Suburb-America.  Also there was a good chance that I would become a martyr. Probably before my thirtieth birthday cause JESUS.

Guys.  Bless my sweet little heart, right?

In today’s world, we tend to polarize the missions field from our ‘normal lives’.  They are opposites most of the time, something you clock in and clock out of.  We consider it a job, a task we can cross off of our list before we put our feet up for the night. We raise the money, take the trip, then come home.

But what if that wasn’t what we were intended to do? What if, except for a handful of us, missions is not a call to uproot your family and sacrifice your life, but a call to live your life with your eyes open, right where you are at?  I had it wrong as a college student. I thought my life could only make a difference where there was the most hurt.  But what that did was blind me to the hurt right in my own neighborhood.  We all do it. We fight for the poor, the hungry, the marginalized, but we don’t see the lonely widow that lives next door.  We wave our signs and join the picket lines, but we don’t see the lonely mother that sits down the pew from us at church.  We get so focused on the Targets, that we miss the people standing right next to us.

In the thirteenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus breaks from his parables to explain to his disciples why he uses stories to teach lessons.  He says in verses 16-17, “But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

He was speaking of them being able to see and hear the God incarnate during his ministry on earth.  But we have that opportunity as well, through our experience in the Word and in our Church.  And part of that is allowing the Holy Spirit to give us eyes to see and ears to hear.  See the people already in your life. Hear the people already in your life. 

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

It takes courage to live this way, bringing your mission field home. Because a lot of that work will be mundane. It won’t have that flashy appeal that people can look at be inspired. But it will be inspiring for those that you touch.  And it will be inspiring to the people THEY can touch because of your work.  You won’t be given accolades and atta-boys.  But you will be doing the gritty work of the Spirit. And if you can recalibrate yourself to the compass of Christ, it will be a kind of fulfillment that is otherwise quite unattainable.  

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What Is Human Trafficking?


By: Daniella Kirk

So What’s The Problem?

Anti-Human Trafficking ads can be spotted all over the place; from airports to planes to Churches and businesses… all telling me to call if I spot signs of human trafficking, but what is human trafficking and how do we know if we’ve seen it?

Well, let’s start from the beginning!

What Is Human Trafficking? 

In short: The Exploitation of Vulnerability.

Officially, the U.S. Government defines human trafficking as:

  • Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age. 

  • The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. 

What Does Human Trafficking Look Like?

There are many different forms of human trafficking, including:

  • Forced Labor

  • Sex Trafficking

  • Child Trafficking

  • Child and Forced Marriage

  • Bonded Labor / Debt Bondage

  • Domestic Servitude

  • Child Soldiers

  • Organ Harvesting

Why Should I Care?

Human Trafficking is a global problem and with so many enslaved in it (an estimated 27 Million), there is a high chance that you or someone you know has or will in the future, come across a victim, client or perpetrator.  It is good to be equipped for if you do.

How do I know if it’s happening here?

Doing a search for “Human Trafficking in _________ (state place)”, will always bring up results, but there has also been some great research done and reports made through sites like where you can search for statistics in your specific state (U.S. only).

What Do I Do If I Think I’ve Seen Something Suspicious?

Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline, if your country has one. In the U.S. that number is:


If you are in immediate danger, you should of course call the police.

ACTION POINT: Do your research! 

Take time this week to read through and familiarize yourself with signs of human trafficking here and enter your national human trafficking hotline into your phone. 

Want to go a step further? Research statistics for human trafficking in your area. To combat a problem, we must find out what that problem is.

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What’s on the Horizon With All Of Us Matter

Our message is timeless. People matter, all of us matter. We carry out this message by equipping people with practical ways to fight modern-day slavery. Over this next year we plan to develop this further. Our goal has always been to equip an army of like-minded people who will love their neighbor so deeply they could never walk past them and do nothing.

Where do we start?

It may be surprising to find out that most of us contribute to slavery every day without even knowing it. The food we eat, the clothes we buy, the makeup we wear, even our cell phones all have slaves in their supply chains. We want to help you reduce your slavery footprint and become better informed. Don’t be overwhelmed, join us on this journey and we will equip you to make a difference from right where you are.

Do you have a heart to help your neighbor? Do you want to help end slavery? Do you not know where to begin?

Living Intentional Gatherings

In just a few weeks we will roll out our first Conversations that Matter series, Living Intentional. These are in home gatherings that combine lighthearted fun and serious action.

If you are interested in hosting a gathering with your friends and family we are accepting pre-bookings now.

You will receive a Hostess Guide and an All of Us Matter Ambassador that will walk you through the entire process—so take the pressure off. All you have to do is invite your friends and family and we will do the rest.

As a learner myself, I have spent the last few years diving into what it means to live intentionally. It’s a hard and bumpy road and all along I wished I had someone to hold my hand and walk me through this process. 

That is what inspired us to create this series and why I am so excited about it. You are not alone on this journey. We are right here with you.

What Conversations That Matter is Not

And don’t worry, we won’t just give you bunch of terrible statistics on human trafficking that leave you feeling defeated and hopeless. Instead we will equip you with tools that will help you make a difference immediately.

Stay tuned with us over the next few months because in addition to launching our Living Intentional series, we will also be releasing some new and exiting products.

Look for our apparel to launch in March, our next line of cups to launch in May, and even more later in the year!

Make sure to sign up for email updates to stay connected and get insider information.

Until all of us are free,

Crystal, Founder and Visionary

All of Us Matter

What Community Has Taught Me About Living In Fullness


What does community mean in Kolkata? What does it mean anywhere?

We frequently speak of its importance, but do we really understand it? I know I don’t. My current questions are predominantly focused on the interplay between family and community. Is family the ultimate community that takes priority? Should the wider community function as family? Can you be part of more than one community or is an exclusive commitment required? I apologize, but this blog is an exploration, the start of a journey toward answers. Assuming of course, that answers are even possible…

Community is often defined as ‘a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common’. The stereotypical family falls neatly within this framework. Parents and children living in the same home, extended family in the nearby vicinity, and all instantly connected through genetics or marriage. The idyllic family community that supersedes all other communities and is intrinsically exclusive. At times the family community may choose to be inclusive and invite outsiders in, but they will never have a permanent home here. As soon as the core family demands attention, the invited outsiders find their invitation revoked. For outsiders who are able to return to their own idyllic family, this works perfectly.

But what about those to whom genetics or circumstance has not been so kind? What about the orphan, the adopted, the abused, the bereaved… Do these people simply have to accept that they will never be permitted to experience the ‘ultimate’ family community? That they will be denied unconditional acceptance and will never be at the top of someone’s ‘most valued and important people list?

For these people, the non-genetic community is the only place of belonging. For them, community is family. The difficulty arises when people who have a strong genetic family community, seek to integrate with the wider community who have formed a non-genetic family. How can these co-exist? Can you fully commit to the wider community when you will abandon them as soon as the ‘real’ family call? The wider community will be damaged because they are hearing the message that your love will always be greater for another, that your tears will fall harder for another. The unintentional communication is that ‘you are second best’.

I return to my earlier question, does the person without genetic family have to resign themselves to a position of less value and accept that rejection is inevitable? It doesn’t seem acceptable to me. 

In Kolkata, I find myself amidst a new community. We are not related by blood or marriage and are not linked by characteristics. Culture, religion, language, socioeconomic standing nor age can provide common ground. Can this work? Where is our commonality? I am starting to think that healthy community must be formed on shared values rather than superficial characteristics, and by choice rather than convenience or coincidence. 

This week, a woman who was instrumental in forming the community in which I have chosen to exist, died. No-one needed to phone me, for the news spread through the community and I was told by a stranger in the streets of Sonagacchi. I was in the middle of another task, but changed my plans and came to meet with others gathering at the factory building.

I did not know this lady personally, so was not experiencing personal grief. Initially, I considered leaving and taking the opportunity to catch up with the huge workload waiting for me. But then that disruptive little voice piped up, reminding me about all the questions and uncertainty I have concerning community. Challenging me to be willing to give the acceptance and love that I so deeply long to receive. If I am not willing to offer comfort, why should I expect to be comforted? Are my needs greater than the needs of another? What message would I communicate if I left the community to send a few emails? Community is not convenient, it requires sacrifice and commitment. 

So I stayed with my community. For 7 hours. Remaining present to honour the last journey of a woman who was so loved. It was not my grief, but my community was grieving. It was our grief – our common ground. I offered comfort and received acceptance and inclusion. The community remained and removed the possibility of someone having to face their pain alone.     

So, community in Kolkata… For me, it forces me to challenge preconceptions of family and the practice of separating family from community. I believe that effective community needs to be based on values such as love and acceptance rather than geography, existing relationships or any other simplistic characteristic, for human connection is formed at a far deeper level. Community requires intentional commitment and a willingness to sacrifice ‘self’ to give honour to others. It raises the question to me that perhaps we can only ever experience the fullness of others when we are willing to give the fullness of ourselves?

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