We are located downtown Historic Mason City, Iowa in the Plaza just south of the square
We are a family run small business with a desire to help those all around the world. Our kids are an active part of picking things out for the kid section and can share the mission and their favorite stories from the artisans.
Our journey to this point seems like an unlikely one. What we thought was the beginning of our missions journey abroad shortly after marriage, was put on pause due to the earth quake of 2009 in Haiti and the news of our eldest daughter joining our family. It was a struggle to see what God was doing with the desire He have us to go and serve Him. Chad's job brought us to a new community and church family where we were able to serve on the missions board and Rachael was introduced to Trades of Hope. It was a blessing to be able to serve by sharing stories of women from around the world and help them out of poverty. Through this experience and another move to North Iowa, we learned so much about how the things we purchase can actually help or harm. Much more was learned about the problem of trafficking, even in our own state, and as our desire grew to share what we learned we found God opened a door to share this on a larger scale in Mason City. On June 1st 2019 we were handed the key to an adorable spot downtown Mason City. We spent the summer working as a family making it ours and opened the door on September 5th 2019.
It has been a joy to meet more people in our community and visitors share the mission and stories of hope and watch them get excited about it, too.
Isaiah 58 says, "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings."