Thistle & Lavender is a healing ministry of St. John’s, whose first purpose is to help end trafficking of women and girls in the Baltimore area and throughout the U.S. We do so by growing 2,500 lavender plants on a 1.5 acre portion of farmland adjacent to the church.
We then harvest the lavender for use by two organizations to directly benefit women who have been trafficked:
Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN is a social enterprise that bears witness to the fact that love heals. Thistle Farms uses our lavender to provide meaningful and gainful employment to survivors of abuse and trafficking by making bath and body products.
Araminta Freedom Initiative, located in Baltimore County, works to awaken, equip, and mobilize the Church and our community to dismantle child sex trafficking in our region. Araminta engages in prevention, intervention, and survivor services that bring healing and wholeness. Volunteers and clients have used our lavender to make sachets, which have been used for fund-raising, and our expanding garden will be used by both Araminta clients and volunteers as a place of healing and restoration.