Missional Monday : Go Fish Clothing and Jewelry

gofishlogoMy family and I vacationed at St. Simons Island, GA last week. While walking around the pier area, we come across as a little store called Go Fish® Clothing and Jewelry. I was intrigued by the name so I went in to take a look around. I was immediately struck by the contemporary “Christian” music that was being played overhead. As I walked around I noticed there were many different kinds of handmade items from artisans from all corners of the globe. These items ranged from hand-crafted wooden animals, blown glass figurines, hand-made clothing, and all kinds of jewelry. Alongside each display was a portrait of the family that had made the product and a description of where they lived. Go Fish® purchases their items that are sold in stores from indigenous peoples of developing nations. Prices paid for the items are never debated and their goods are bought at their asking price. Galatians 6:10 is the company’s motivating verse. The intent of Go Fish® is to give these indigenous people the dignity and respect of they deserve by highlighting their creativity and skill while providing a sustainable livelihood for the individual family. I found it refreshing that in the midst of shops that were selling everything from surfboards to swimsuits, there was a company being a missionary in the place they were planted. You can read more about Go Fish® and their work here.

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