We spoke to the team at ‘Faith + Hope + Love‘, a Christian clothing brand, to ask what inspired them to start their business, and how their products are helping people share their faith in Jesus.
What’s the vision behind ‘Faith + Hope + Love’?
We hope that our products will start conversations with the millions of people who would never set foot in a church or Christian event.
Faith+Hope+Love is a Christian fashion brand which exists to help Christians start conversations about their faith with friends, family, loved ones, work colleagues and strangers. We hope that our products will start conversations between the millions of people who would never set foot in a church or Christian event, and the millions of people who regularly do. Our purpose is to reintroduce our modern society to the wisdom and teachings found in the Bible. Through our products, we aim to show that Jesus Christ and the Christian God are as relevant today as they were 2000 years ago.
What opportunities come up from wearing positive Christian messages?
Suppose I’m sitting on the London Underground wearing a shirt with the words ‘blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy’. At the very least people will acknowledge my shirt and perhaps smile at me. Some may go further and say, “that’s true.” It’s here that a door can be opened for me to speak about my faith or mention that these are the words of Jesus. Or if I take a mug to work with ‘I shall never thirst again’, someone in my office is likely to ask me what that means. Or if my doormat declares blessings in my coming and going, my next door neighbour or any guest is likely to notice it and ask more. This is what we mean by starting conversations. We believe that these conversations are crucial in leading people to come to know Jesus and be welcomed into our church families.
We believe that wearing our faith in Jesus can aid immediate gospel conversations, but will also plant seeds that will help people explore faith.
Why do you think Christmas is a great time to talk about Jesus?
Christmas is a great time to talk about Jesus, because most people have an idea that Christmas is all about Jesus. It’s easier to remind people about Him because, at this time of year, people can be more open and receptive to hearing the Good News even if they might not say they believe in it. The Christmas spirit opens up lots of conversations that might be harder at other times of year!
Do you have any stories of people asking more questions around Christmas time?
This is only our first Christmas, but we are already finding that our Christmas jumpers and products are getting interest on social media by people we didn’t expect. We recently got a comment from someone who identifies as a witch! We’re excited to hear more and more stories as Christmas gets closer.
What encouragement would you give to someone who is worried about sharing Jesus with others?
I think if you struggle with sharing Jesus then finding things like our clothing can help make things a bit easier, as they often start the conversations for you! Even if you aren’t able to speak to someone directly, someone may read the message on your top which plants a seed. They may not speak to you but may remember later and ask a friend or do a Google search. We believe that wearing our faith in Jesus can aid immediate gospel conversations, but will also plant seeds that will help people explore faith. Ultimately, the Word of God is powerful and, along with the Holy Spirit, it can change lives, so we want to do all we can to help people come into contact with it.
We love the vision of Faith+Hope+Love, set up to help people talk about Jesus. You can get hold of their Christmas range here.