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Great Things to Give for the Holidays

2018 Edition


November 7, 2018

Every dollar you spend is a vote for the world you want to live in.

Why give a tie or a candle to someone who already has more than they need?

Why not make your gifts benefit people who could really use them?

You work for peace rooted in justice! Shouldn’t your gift-giving do the same?

Here are some gift-giving ideas for lovers of peace and justice. We’ve focused on grassroots efforts led by people we know so that you can be positive that your gift will matter and will be used wisely and well.

1. Supporting an Indigenous Learning Community

We learned of this need from Cheryl Bear, one of the marvelous speakers at our 2018 Summer Conference. Cheryl writes:

Please consider supporting NAIITS, an Indigenous learning community. We are a faith-based organization working with universities, colleges, and churches to raise awareness of Indigenous issues. When someone has a theological question about Indigenous people, NAIITS is who they call. I am a founding board member and have learned so much in my twenty years walking alongside this organization. They are my people! Indigenous Christian theological education and leaders are tragically underfunded. I hope you consider supporting this organization. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Click here to support NAIITS.

2. Providing Essential Medications to Communities in Need During The Ongoing Crisis in Nicaragua

Since April 2018, Nicaragua has been faced with widespread protests and violent civil unrest, which have now led to a humanitarian and economic crisis with resultant food and medicine shortages, a general population in a state of fear and anxiety, the loss of over 300 hundred lives, and babies and children at risk of malnutrition and preventable death and disease due to a lack of access to care.

AMOS Health & Hope is a Christian, non-profit organization led by medical missionaries Dr. Laura and Dr. David Parajón, who have worked and lived for the past 17 years in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. AMOS provides health services to over 60,000 people in places where there are no doctors or nurses, in remote rural communities and in the local semi-rural neighborhood where the AMOS office is located. By training and empowering community health workers to serve with love, dedication and concrete health skills to save lives, AMOS has been able to reduce child death rates by over 80% in the communities where they work. 

Since many organizations have left Nicaragua because of the current violence, AMOS is now one of the few organizations in the communities they serve providing healthcare. You can help prevent deaths and malnutrition in children by providing medications to treat illnesses such as diarrhea, fever, and pneumonia, serving people who live hours away from the nearest health clinic or hospital.

Your one-time or recurring gift can help save lives by doing the following:

  • $30 - Free health care to 1 child in a rural community for a whole year.
  • $50 - Provide a first aid kit to care for wounds, burns and other emergencies.
  • $200 - Essential medications for 1 rural community for 1 month.

Click here to donate online. You can also mail a donation to P.O. Box 6155, Hermitage, PA 16148-0922 (make checks payable to "AMOS Health and Hope").

3. Empowering a Woman in Recovery

Many of us know Coffee Connection because of the leadership of long-time members Joy Bergfalk and Jimmy Reader.

The Coffee Connection provides employment training and job creation for women in recovery from addiction and as a not-for-profit business sells fair trade, organic coffee to retail and wholesale customers. In partnership with Project Empower, they provide comprehensive, continuous support for women on their journey toward sustainable recovery.

Your $10 gift every month – combined with 100 people doing the same thing – will help to create a part-time job for an amazing woman who is changing her life.

Click here to learn more. 

Click here to donate now.

4. Enabling Someone to Attend the 2019 Global Baptist Peace Conference

With the following gift amounts, you could...

  • $60: Cover one person's meals for the week.
  • $80: Cover one person's housing for the week.
  • $175: Cover one person's registration fee.
  • $315: Cover one person's full conference costs.

Will you donate today to help reach across borders and boundaries to create peace rooted in justice?

Click here to donate now.

5. Supporting LGBTQ People in Immigrant Detention

Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention. They envision a society that no longer finds solutions in the system of immigration detention or the prison industrial complex. As they work toward that goal, they support LGBTQ people currently detained in Eloy and Florence, AZ through visits, letters, bond support, advocacy, and housing upon freedom from detention.

Due to the high rate of systemic abuse and discrimination towards LGBTQ detainees, support and solidarity are critical to ending the plight LGBTQ prisoners face in immigration detention.

Mariposas’ leadership consists largely of LGBTQ immigrants, many of whom have been detained.

Click here to donate online. You can also mail a donation to 620 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701 (make checks payable to "Rainbow Defense Fund").

6. Supporting Pastoral Education for Justice, Gender Equality and Human Rights

The Latin American Biblical University in San José Costa Rica prepares pastors and Christian leaders to work in transformational ministries in Latin America, focusing on justice issues, gender equality and human rights from a biblical perspective.

  • A gift of $25 pays for textbooks for one course.
  • A gift of $65 covers a month of housing or food.
  • A gift of $100 pays tuition for one course. 

Make your gift through American Baptist International Ministries, labeled as a Specific for Scholarships for the Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana in Costa Rica. 

Click here to donate now.

7. Fostering Dignified, Gainful Work Opportunities for People Facing Multiple Barriers to Work.

JustWork Economic Initiative emerged in 2004 from the life and ministry of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church ("GCBC") in Vancouver, Canada. GCBC encouraged the development of JustWork as a way to offer assistance and hope to a growing number of people in the Grandview-Woodlands neighborhood who were struggling to find work.

JustWork’s focus is on the development of social enterprises to meet our mandate to offer dignified, meaningful work opportunities to people facing barriers to work. JustCatering, JustPotters, and JustRenos are the three businesses we currently operate. They continue to partner with GCBC as part of a holistic approach to community care, and continue to open opportunities for over 30 people to make valuable workplace contributions and enjoy the goodness of meaningful work.

Please consider a donation to support the job-skills training initiative. A donation of $35 will sponsor one employee in one training workshop on topics such as effective workplace communication, conflict resolution, and money management. A donation of $350 would sponsor a workshop for 10 employees.

Donations can be made in the following ways:

  • Click here to donate online.
  • Mail a cheque (payable to "JustWork Economic Initiative") to JustWork, 1803 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC V5N 1B2, CANADA

8. Sending a Girl to School

Education for young women is often very rare (in all of South Sudan, only 500 girls graduate from high school every year) and very valuable, keeping girls away from early marriage, building self-esteem, and preparing them for a life of opportunity rather than menial labor—or other more dehumanizing jobs.

Our friends at the New Community Project are empowering girls to go to school.

  • $35 covers a year’s tuition in DR Congo or Nepal
  • $90 covers a year in South Sudan
  • $300 allows a girl to attend a Myanmar boarding school for a year
  • $20 hygienic supplies for the school year (Did you know that a lack of feminine hygiene supplies is the number 1 reason girls and young women miss school worldwide?)

Click here to donate.

The New Community Projects has direct relationships with every site with which they work – and you’re welcome to visit too on one of their many annual Learning Tours.

9. Providing Conflict Transformation Training in Kenya, India and the Philippines

Our friends at Partera have an alternative Gift-giving catalogue through which you can support Conflict Transformation projects in Kenya, India and the Philippines.

The full catalogue can be downloaded here.

10. Supporting the Migrant Caravan

Pastors and ministry leaders on both sides of the Mexico-United States border are gearing up to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the immigrant caravan that began in Latin America and now is marching through Mexico toward the United States.

A coalition of churches on both sides of the border, including pastors from Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa, Mexico, and from Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, met with Jorge Zapata, associate coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas, and other leaders to plan frontline ministry to the immigrants.

The coalition of churches is a non-partisan, ecumenical endeavor.

The coalition of churches plans to prepare for the caravan’s arrival within the next two weeks. Mexican and U.S. authorities have announced they will close the border on both sides, so supplies need to be delivered to participating Mexican churches ahead of that date.

The Mexican churches will distribute the supplies directly to the immigrants, offering medicine, baby food and formula, food for children and adults, water and hygiene kits. Also, immigrants in the caravan—from warm climates of Latin America—are traveling during late fall and may be detained during winter, so the coalition plans to provide them with warm clothes and blankets, he added.

The coalition is raising funds to cover the costs of driving the rigs to Mexico and back—$750 each or $2,250 total. It also is collecting donations to purchase food, medicine and other supplies. The coalition is not equipped to accept donated goods, but those items can be purchased in San Antonio and effectively shipped to Mexico.

To help provide food and supplies, as well as to cover the shipping costs, click here, or send contributions designated “Immigrant Caravan” to:

CBF Texas
P.O. Box 15648
San Antonio, TX 78212

Consider These for Actual, Physical Gifts

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Fair Trade Federation
When you buy from Fair Trade Federation members, you support businesses that respect the planet, value unique cultural traditions, and empower small farmers and artisans around the world.

Ten Thousand Villages
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