Make bracelets, not war
«The U.S. dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on Laos from 1964 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. That’s equal to a plane load every 8 minutes for 9 years…..Laos is one of the most heavely bombed countries in history.» (National Geografic).
With this as the background the aluminium items on the night market become quiet special and meaningful. In our setting, NMS as a partner to the local Church, specially the
the crucifix made of metal from bombs that the local people in Xiangcuan has digged up, is a very strong symbol with many layers of meaning:
Showing that it is possible to turn bad things into something useful that creates income and then gives life to people in demanding situations. And this is also at the heart of the crucifix- showing Christ as the God who suffers with and for the people.
Both the need of the people and the model of Christ drives the church in Laos to work in the whole country. Cooperating with the local villages and the government they build up pipelines with clean water and schools. Building strong fellowship and working for fullness of life for all people.