Grace United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 17, 2019
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> Gift Fair 2019

ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR and BAKE SALE

An opportunity “to give gifts that give hope.”
 
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 from 10 AM – 3 PM
 
Bake Sale to benefit South Lansing Ministry Food Pantry
Fair Trade and other items from Michigan and throughout the world
include jewelry, scarves, pottery, maple syrup, linens, woolens,
wooden and other crafts made by survivors of trafficking and abuse,
and other artisans struggling to support their families.
 
Amani Africa – Amani is Swahili for “peace from above” – based in Tennessee,
AmaniAfrica is a Christian based organization empowers refugee women from
war torn countries by teaching them to make jewelry and other fair trade items
made in Kenya, Liberia and Uganda
 
Cass Community is a Detroit-based agency dedicated to providing food,
housing, health services, and job programs to the homeless of Detroit.  Jobs are
provided to the homeless making sandals and doormats from recycled, illegally
dumped rubber tires reclaimed from vacant lots in Detroit. Cass Community is a
pioneer in developing “tiny houses” for previously homeless people with the goal
of eventual home ownership.
 
CWS (Church World Service) - works in partnership with communities and
local organizations to tackle poverty and injustice by providing just and
sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, disaster and displacement.
 
Co-op of Mayan Women of Guatemala – was started by women who decades
ago hosted seriously ill children brought to the United States for medical care not
available in their country, One of these children now brings items made by
artisans in Guatemala to sell here to raise money for more children back in
Guatemala
 
Global Gifts Fair Trade Store, since 1986, has been the only non-profit fair
trade store in Grand Rapids, organized and staffed by dedicated volunteers. It is
dedicated to supporting a just and sustainable economic system through the sale
of Fair Trade products, which ensures fair wages for artisan products and crafts.
Carrying a variety of nativities, baskets, jewelry, home decor, children's toys and
more from over 40 countries, Global Gifts, through your purchases, is able to
ensure a living wage to artisans in developing countries, providing access to
education and healthcare in addition to basic living needs.
 
Greensky Hill native American Mission Church in Charlevoix, MI, was
originally started in the 1830s by a Chippewa Indian who preached the Christian
gospel to his fellow brothers and sisters. It now preserves a unique Native
American heritage while serving a diverse congregation, some of whom are
descendants of the original worshippers.
 
HAPI – Haitian Artisans for Peace International, aims to transform Haiti
through the empowerment and advocacy of women by breaking the cycle of
poverty, maternal and infant mortality and broken family systems. Cards and
other crafts made in the mountainous village of Mizak are then sold to help
secure health, education, dignity and hope in what is often harsh and demanding
primitive living. Focusing on community health, holistic education and economic
empowerment, HAPI embodies the love and mission of Jesus Christ.
 
Haven House is the only organization in the Greater Lansing area providing
shelter to families. Haven House provides opportunities to “adopt” families to
receive Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, back to school clothing,
backpacks and gifts. They are also known for their fundraising cookbooks, “On
the Banks of the Red Cedar.”
 
Healing Hands is part of Volunteers in Mission of the United Methodist
Church, started in 2001 to Nicaragua. Two to three times a year, Teresa Miller
takes a medical team into local villages of extreme poverty. Working alongside
a local physician and local pastors, patients receive spiritual counseling as well
as some assistance with their physical needs. Sometimes there are local clinics,
but the patients cannot afford the medications prescribed or oftentimes, the bus
fare to get to the clinics. Teresa brings back items produced by the people of
Nicaragua including wooden items and pottery, as well as coffee grown and
processed in Nicaragua. The proceeds from selling these items goes to buying
more medicines to take on subsequent trips.
 
The Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP) includes everyday people who are
making a difference in communities across Michigan by using their gifts and
talents to address the root causes of slavery, to protect our communities by
working to prevent human trafficking and to transform the culture that causes
slavery to exist and thrive.
Since 2012 MAP has been proactive in education and prevention efforts in
addressing human trafficking in Michigan.
 
NBVentures (NoBoundaries) - The hand knitted woven woolen products are
made by women/men in villages of Nainital, in the Kumaon Himalaya as part of
the income generation program. Nainital is located in the hill district of
Uttarkhand, India which is situated at the tri-junction of Nepal, Tibet and India
 
SLM (South Lansing Ministries) – is dedicated to feeding the hungry, creating
opportunity, and building community by empowering people and ending poverty.
 
Soaring Unlimited – was started in 1992 by people from mid Michigan, to the
people of Haiti. It has established medical clinics in the remote mountainous
regions, supports orphans going to school and are currently helping to build an
orphanage.
 
Trades of Hope - Mission – to empower women to be the heroes of their own
stories by offering women around the world a way to provide for their families in a
sustainable way.
 
WAR (Women at Risk) International uses a multi-faceted approach to give
voice to the silenced cries of women worldwide. WAR Int’l seeks “ to empower
wounded women, children and their villages by creating circles of protection.
Our ultimate goal is to help them find true rescue and freedom in Christ. War’s
programs are preventive, protecting especially vulnerable women; curative,
helping to restore and empower rescued women; and supportive. WAR, Int’l
serves in over 18 countries and partners with safe houses, women’s training
centers, orphanages, hospitals, shelters, schools and micro-businesses.” Every
$250 worth of merchandise sold can provide a woman with a job for one month.
WAR, International sells jewelry and other items made by women and children
recued from human trafficking. 800,000 people a year are trafficked against
their will, 50% being children. “The new slavery…human trafficking, is the
fastest growing segment of organized crime. 100,000 are trafficked inside
America.” FBI
 
Viva Fair Trade is a fair trade business that puts the support of artisans in the
developing world front and center. They sell handmade goods such as jewelry,
baskets, home décor and more made by artisans who are compensated fairly.
Products come from all over the world, but with a particular focus on items from

Mexico and Central America.

Bring family, friends, co-workers and neighbors!