I know, hearing all about my life is exactly why you all read this isn’t it? Okay you probably just check the site, or subscribe because I know you or I twisted your arm to do it. Sometimes I think my blog is more like Creed Thoughts but then I realize that I am not nearly that creepy, weird,
popular of a guy. But for whatever reason I still enjoy coming back to this site and putting out an update, a thought, or whatever else strikes me; even when I have know idea how many people actually read it, know exactly how few of you actually read it. Yes, that’s right I am also a geek (duh right), and I track my blog’s stats quite often and know how many of you there are. Wow, that may have been my longest pre-blog I have ever had. Nonetheless, I will care on.
So it has almost been 1month at my new job and I gotta say, I LOVE IT! It has been a challenging month just learning the ins and outs of Ranger Lake, but I have so much to be thankful for already. I am working with so much more purpose and direction than I have been in awhile. I feel that my skills and giftings are being tested and that I am being pushed to use them to a greater potential. While its hasn’t been all easy, no its been challenging, but I love that. I want to be challenged to be more effective in the things God has given me. It’s nice to be working with a small group too. The full time staff consists of only four people, one of whom lives out at the camp and I don’t see him much. So between myself, Greg Benson, and Dave Thiessen it makes for a very fun atmosphere to work in. We have had a lot of laughs already, but between the laughs, I get to see a man with a clear mission from God push me to use my gifts to be apart of that mission. The amount of “God Moments” in the past month has given me a new outlook on prayer. WOW is all I have to say. In this short time I have seen some amazing answers to prayers. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do this summer. Man its great to be working back in camp ministry. I forgot just how the environment of camp ministry pushes one to rely solely on God for EVERYTHING. So with that said here are some prayer requests that we have right now.
- Female Senior Cabin Leaders
- Leader in Training (L.I.T.) Director(s)
- Volunteers as we have TONS of work projects to do before camp
- Greg and I as we are in the midst of developing the summer discussion curriculum
As a graphic designer I have done quite abit of screen printing and have designed clothing and merch for organizations. As well as being in fulltime ministry I have done most of this work for churches, camps, and other ministry organizations. Over the past few years, social justice, , Fair Trade, economic accountability, etc, etc, have led churches to being more ‘picky’ about the clothes they print onto, particularly, T-Shirts. For those of you in the “know” about blank t-shirt companies, such as Gildan, Alstyle, Fruit of the Loom, and others, they are not known as “sweatshop free” and “Fair trade” companies.(I’ll get back to them in a minute) Therefore, the much advertised, and now quite popular with young people, American Apparel, has risen as the company of choice for those looking for “made in USA”, Fair Trade, “Sweatshop Free” clothing. They have already established themselves into pop culture and if you don’t believe it, just visit an American Apparel store, one is found in downtown Saskatoon. Yes, American Apparel t-shirts in particular are nice, soft, and generally very well liked as a blank shirt to print onto for merch than say a heavy boxy Gildan shirt. BUT…these churches, ministries, youth groups that are ordering merch on American Apparel thinking that they are supporting a company with good values and fair trade and all that are being lead astray by its great marketing. Oh, I am not saying the shirts aren’t fair trade, and aren’t made 100% in American, but I am saying that the company has many short falls in its morality that we ought to be aware of before choosing to support them.
I encourage you to read the interview with the founder and CEO Dov Charney here on MSNBC.
Here is just one excerpt to read which will make your mouth drop.
In the videotaped deposition [this deposition was about a sexual harassment lawsuit], over several days, her lawyer grilled Charney about all of it.
Fink (the attonery of the women filing the lawsuit during deposition): Did you ever, at work, refer to women as “sluts”?
CEO Dov Charney: In private conversations, where such language was generally welcome.
Fink: Do you view “slut” to be a derogatory term?
Charney: You know, there are some of us that love sluts. You know, it’s not necessarily—it could be also be an endearing term.
Fink: An endearing term. Is that something you call your mother?
Charney: No. But it’s maybe something that you call your lover.
Fink (This is now back to the orginal dateline interview): I’m very difficult to floor me. That floored me when I heard his explanation that “slut” is an endearing term.
I hope you read the rest of this article, and if you really want to read more, just google, Dov Charney and you will get many more articles. If we truly are going to be more responsible in the Church for where God’s money goes, (yes all our money is His) then we cannot support this company. And that is why I don’t buy American Apparel anymore.
Now, back to the other companies. Just because Gildan, Alstyle and these other apparel companies have been around for so long, and because they don’t “market” themselves as Fair Trade, etc, etc doesn’t mean they aren’t. Here are some facts that you should know about these other companies.
Canadian owned (sounds better than “American” already), Gildan, became the first Activewear Apparel manufacturer to receive Fair Labor Association Accreditiation. When you ask? Back in June 2007. Actually they had the accreditation earlier, but had it revoked due to one factory, which they promptly shutdown and dealt with to receive the accreditation. Read about it in the company press release here
I couldn’t find as much info about Alstyle, but here is a quote from there “About us” page on their website.
Alstyle Apparel recognizes its responsibilities to workers for the conditions under which its products are made and that these responsibilities extend to all workers producing products or services for Alstyle. We believe that good workplace standards, decent health and safety requirements, fair pay and conditions, and care for the environment are important elements in business success.
I did find information about Fruit of the Loom, which also owns Russell Athletics. The information on them isn’t so good. In fact, 13 Universities in the States have ended their agreements to print school clothing on Russell due to Human Rights Violations. I won’t spend long on this company, only to say that I don’t think I would support this one either. Read about it here
I hope this has educated you and given you tools to make the right decisions about apparel. And if you are ever printing shirts and would like more info, design help, etc. Give me a call and I’d love to help.
Hey everyone, so I’ve been busy in the last couple days at my new job here at Ranger Lake Bible Camp, and one of my first tasks was to finish up some design work I had begun back in December for the camp. After developing their brochure and poster, I was now ready to create the shirt design for the summer. Typically I like to carry over thematic elements and I am quite pleased with the design. Visit Poetic Industries to see the original poster. However, we are getting different opinions on the use of colour in the shirt and so I turn it over to you, my readers. Please comment on which shirt you like best and if you have any other thoughts, please add those to your vote as well.
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