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Updated: Great Things to Give for the Holidays

2018 Edition


November 28, 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

Long-term member and partner Ray Schellinger is involved in an effort to equip and resource Mexican churches as they work to be a pastoral presence in the lives of the many migrants currently living in Tijuana as they await an opportunity to apply for asylum. Ray will be directly involved in the distribution of these funds to churches that are housing and serving migrants.

In recent weeks, much attention has been focused upon the migrant caravan moving north through Mexico composed of men, women and children fleeing violence in Central America and hoping to legally be granted asylum in the United States. Some groups have already reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana and joined the hundreds of others already there waiting for asylum processing. It is expected to take months to process this entire group. IM relates to a number of churches and partners which are gearing up to offer housing, food, and services for the duration. Obviously the needs are huge, and the capacity of our partners to respond to these needs is limited. Your gifts to this project will enable IM to come alongside our partners and join their efforts to provide food, shelter, and spiritual support to the hungry, the thirsty, the strangers on the very doorstep of our country (Matthew 25:37-40).

Click here to give securely by credit card. Scroll down to “I Would Like to Support” and click on the drop down menu. Select: Mexico and Central America Migrant Ministry.

To give by mail, make your check payable to International Ministries. Write Mexico and Central America Migrant Ministry on the memo line. Mail to:

International Ministries
1003 W. 9th Ave. Ste A
King of Prussia, PA 19406

11. Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico

In response to the devastating one-two punch leveled at Puerto Rico by hurricanes Irma and Maria in fall 2017, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), in partnership with American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), launched the “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” multi-year initiative. Working hand in hand with local leadership on the ground, ABHMS has committed to a multi-year effort to aid recovery efforts on the island.

Click here to donate online or mail a donation to:

Attn: Kim Wilkins
Puerto Rico Rebuild
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851

Consider These for Actual, Physical Gifts

Canaan Fair Trade
Canaan Fair Trade offers Palestinian products that benefit Palestinian farmers.

Equal Exchange
By enjoying Equal Exchange products, you join a movement to support small-scale farmers. They offer a variety of fairly-traded coffee, tea, food, and gift items.

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
Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

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