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Shopping and serving: Christmas gifts that support missions

Looking for holiday gifts that will benefit church-supported ministries and missions? The Christian Chronicle offers the following suggestions.
If you know of any other ministries selling Christmas gifts, please e-mail Assistant Managing Editor Erik Tryggestad.

• Totes, hats, scarfs and more: Abilene, Texas-based Eternal Threads offers handmade bags, clothing, jewelry, paper and toys — all made by people in developing nations. Proceeds go back to the women who made the items. Some of the women use their profits to send their children to school. Go to the ministry’s website and find the “shop” menu to peruse the selection. Read more about the ministry in this feature from 2006.
Greeting cards from orphans: Need Christmas cards? Orphans Lifeline of Hope International, a church-supported ministry that provides support for children’s homes around the globe, sells HopeArt Greetings and Gifts. You’ll find an assortment of greeting card styles, with original art produced by children the ministry serves. Visit the website and build your assortment. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the ministry.
Magic baskets: Metro Manila Ministries, a church-supported organization, offers wooden, collapsible “magic baskets” made in the Philippines through its eBay store. Proceeds help the ministry provide feeding a tutoring programs for children.
• Coffee with a purpose (and mosquito nets, too):
Purposeful Brew offers a variety of coffees (regular, decaf and flavored) for sale through its website. A percentage of each purchase goes to the church-supported ministry Christian Relief Fund. The Amarillo, Texas-based ministry also has an online gift catalog. Buy a Bible or a mosquito net for a child this Christmas.
• Chickens and goats: Bread for a Hungry World is an international relief and development ministry supported by church members. The ministry takes donations for child sponsorships and a number of programs to help folks in Latin America and other regions with sustainable development projects. This year you can buy T-shirts that help send chickens to Honduras and goats to the Philippines. A donation of $20 gets you a T-shirt.
• More goats:
Give a Goat gives you the chance to purchase a goat for families in the Philippines. The ministry works in partnership with Bread for a Hungry World.
• More chickens (and sewing machines): Mission Lazarus in Honduras offers the chance to donate chickens, a calf or even a sewing machine to help improve lives in Central America. See the ministry’s store.

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    December, 30 2010

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