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November 3, 2014
You are no ordinary shopper! You strive for peace! You work for justice! Why shouldn’t your gift-giving do the same? Here are 10 gift-giving ideas for lovers of peace and justice! Some are actual, physical, wrap-it-and-hand-it-to someone gifts – and some are gifts you can make in someone’s honor. Happy Shopping!
Project Empower, created by BPFNA member, Joy Bergfalk, merged with the Coffee Connection, of which Joy is the executive director, with fellow member Jimmy Reader as co-director of the nonprofit. The Coffee Connection sells fair trade, organically grown, sustainably farmed premium coffee to retail and wholesale customers while providing a site for employment training and job creation for women in recovery from addiction. The Coffee Connection provides comprehensive, continuous support for women on their journey toward sustainable recovery. You can support this effort by buying coffee or making an in-honor gift.
The Coffee Connection ships anywhere in the U.S. and offers a discount price for five pounds or more per order. Call (585)442-2180, or email [email protected] to order.
You can also click here to make an online donation.
And if you happen to live in or near Rochester, NY, stop in to one of Coffee Connections three locations for a cup and a chat!
Seeking to be a transformative presence of peace and justice in the midst of the ongoing low impact war in Chiapas, the Mayan Intercultural Seminary gathers indigenous Mayan Christians to work and learn together about peacemaking, conflict transformation, sustainable agriculture, gender equality and youth development undergirded by a commitment to intercultural theology and life.
Gifts can be made to BPFNA and designated for “Mayan Intercultural Seminary (SIM).” Click here to make a donation.
Mirna Dominia is a mother of four children. Until recently, her youngest daughter, Doris, was malnourished, just like about 46% of children in Nicaragua. Doris, age 2, weighed just over 22 pounds before she and her mother joined AMOS' Healthy Moms, Healthy Kids Program. At the beginning, Doris resisted eating the food that her mom and other moms in the workshop had cooked for their kids. She would just sit alone and cry. After three months of receiving health education and support from one of the AMOS Rural Health Care Team staff and trained Volunteer Mothers in her community, Mirna has helped her daughter gain enough to be at a normal weight for her age!
The AMOS Healthy Moms, Healthy Kids Program is one example of the community-based, empowerment-focused model that AMOS uses to work with community leaders in some of the most remote, rural communities in Nicaragua to improve access to health. In other words, we focus on teaching people to "fish" and share their new knowledge with others, not just handing out "fish". Our work is rooted in Christian values and the co-Directors and founders of AMOS Health & Hope are ABC Medical Missionaries, Dr. Laura and Dr. David Parajón.
Be a part of this life-saving ministry with your gift that will help AMOS in the following ways:
Make your gift today in one of two ways:
Click here to make a secure online donation over their website.
Or mail a check to "AMOS Health and Hope" to:
c/o Rev. Tim Spring, Board Secretary
3088 Haberlein Rd.
Gibsonia, PA 15044-8232
Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika is a grassroots community-based organization in Kenya that seeks to equip marginalized people in peace-building and income-generation. Many BPFNA members know Pini Kidulah, founder of Jitokese, who attended BPFNA Partner Congregation Central Baptist Church in Wayne, PA and came to BPFNA’s Summer Conference while completing her degree.
For a sustainable gift this Christmas you could purchase chickens and fruit-bearing trees to honor your loved one (Click here). A Christmas card can be printed out indicating the gift you have purchased for your friend or family member. To purchase beautiful, handmade products made by the women in their sewing center, email your request to [email protected] and click here to check out their products catalog.
BPFNA friends and leaders in the Justice & Peacemaking Community of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Cindy and Eddy Ruble work as missionaries in Penang, Malaysia. A key focus of their work is implementing prevention measures against human trafficking and providing support for survivors.
Click here to donate.
Long-time friend of the BPFNA Karen Thomas Smith is a chaplain and pastor in the interfaith context of Morocco and asks for support for the churches of Morocco in their efforts to respond to an acute refugee/migrant crisis. Karen writes, "In the current crisis, we estimate that the numbers of migrants and refugees living without shelter reaches 500-600 in Oujda, 200-300 in Fez, and 200-300 in Rabat. In Fes, the Protestant Church is the only group responding to migrant and refugee needs."
Send a check to Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, 4000 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40207, memo to: CEI Refugee and Migrant Ministries.
Today there are nine camps for refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) along the Thai/Burma border. The Border Consortium feeds more than 130,000 people in densely populated camps where the opportunities for work are limited or non-existent. This project is managed by ABC Missionary (and friend of the BPFNA) Duane Binkley who reports, “Big donors have lost interest in supporting the refugees and are turning their focus to inside Burma. In the meantime, the refugees continue to need support until there is some other place for them to go. So food support for the refugees is critical.”
Small contributions go a long way. For example:
Click here to make a contribution online. OR
Donate by check. Write Thailand/Binkley/Rice for Refugees on memo line and mail to International Ministries, PO Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851.
Founded by BPFNA members Ray Schellinger and Adalia Gutierrez-Lee, Deborah's House in Tijuana, Mexico provides shelter to women and children fleeing severe domestic violence. But when they’re ready to leave, they face a harsh economy that pays less than $1/hour, demands they work 50-60 hours per week, and offers no child care.
Deborah’s House alumni want to create a sewing business they run themselves. The women will earn a salary three times higher than factory rates which will allow them to spend more time with their young children.
This project will provide fabric & materials, help the women bid on contract jobs and market their products. They have a building and 2 industrial sewing machines, but they need to purchase several dozen more machines.
They would love to have volunteers who can teach sewing come visit!
Click here to donate.
Koinonia is a Christian farm community founded in 1942 by Clarence & Florence Jordan and Martin & Mabel England. Home of the Cotton Patch Gospel, birthplace of Habitat for Humanity, Jubilee Partners, Prison Jail Project, Fuller Center for Housing and other ministries. Still growing pecans and peanuts, welcoming visitors, and living the "demonstration plot for the Kingdom of God."
In the 1950's, local businesses boycotted Koinonia to protest the integrated farming community where blacks and whites lived and worked together. Koinonia had no choice but to try selling its farm produce and pecans outside the state of Georgia, thus marking the start of its mail order business. The business took off, and soon a Bakery and Pecan Plant were added, providing employment and job training for local residents.
Click here to access the complete catalogue here.
Of course, we need and welcome your support as well. Here are four specific ways to honor someone:
From a member whose dad passed away: For those of us who have closets and attics full, unpack your gifts! This idea is especially ringing true to me as we work to dismantle my Dad's/our childhood home. So many THINGS! We had asked Dad several times about giving the grandkids different things -- they would have loved receiving the things he was no longer using, knowing he picked a particular item for them. An added handwritten note with details or the story about how the item was acquired would make the gift even more special.
I hope this list supports your creative, joyful holiday gift-giving. I know this list is incomplete. If you’d like to be included next time or have a new group to suggest, email LeDayne at [email protected]