Grace United Methodist Church
Friday, August 17, 2018
Reaching people with the love and teachings of Jesus Christ
 An opportunity “ to give gifts that give hope”
 Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 from 10 AM – 2:00 PM
 Bake Sale to benefit South Lansing Ministry Food Pantry.
 Children’s Activities 
       This year's Alternative Holiday Gift Fair has many favorite vendors returning such as: Healing Hands Nicaragua, Women At Risk (WAR), Intl., Mayan Women of Guatemala, Greensky Hill Mission, Nyaka Aids Orphans Project, Soaring Unlimited Haiti, Detroit Cass Community, Global Gifts fair Trade Store, Hannah's House & Haven House. New this year: Viva Fair Trade, Michigan Abolitionist Project, Glass Art & South Lansing Ministry(SLM). If you can bake goodies for the bake sale (to benefit SLM), please contact Esther Burrress. This is a great time to bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to Grace Church. Get your Christmas shopping done and make a difference in the lives of those rescued from trafficking or other artisans struggling to survive. Please like and share our Facebook page "Alternative Holiday Gift Fair at Grace UMC"
 Other participants include:
 WAR, Intl (Women at Risk, Intl.) – based out of Grand Rapids, MI, sells jewelry, scarves and other items made by women rescued from human trafficking, the fastest growing segment of organized crime today. 800,000 people a year are trafficked against their will, half being children.

Global Gifts Fair Trade Store – is a fair trade gift and specialty store in Grand Rapids 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.


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


Greensky Hill Indian Mission Church – located in Charlevoix, MI, was started in 1830s by a Chippewa Indian who preached the Christian gospel to his fellow brothers and sisters. Today, it preserves a unique Native American heritage while serving a diverse congregation, some of whom are descendants of the original worshippers.

Hannah’s House – is a Christian shelter open to all pregnant, adult, women ages 18 or older in need. Started in 1995,  it provides shelter, food, clothing, classes, and mentoring to homeless pregnant women to help prepare moms to effectively raise a family. Their program is designed to reinforce a positive lifestyle and promote social, emotional, and spiritual growth. 

Haven Houseis 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 Nicaragua – was started in 2001 and is part of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (VIM). Two times a year, Teresa Miller, local RN, takes a medical team into rural 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. Patients often cannot afford the medications prescribed at local clinics, or the bus fare to get to the them. Teresa brings back wooden crafts and pottery produced by Nicaraguan artisans, as well as coffee grown and processed in Nicaragua. The proceeds from selling these items goes towards more medicines to take on subsequent trips. The coffee is the freshest you can get!

NYAKA AIDS Orphans Project – was started by an Ugandan native studying at Michigan State University, to provide food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education for the AIDS orphans of his village and of his country. He believes in providing sustainable, ethical, community based solutions to best address the needs of the people. Grandmothers are frequently the caregivers, and by making baskets which they sell, they are able to help provide a way out of the cycle of poverty
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 by making sandals and doormats from recycled, illegally dumped rubber tires which are reclaimed from vacant lots in Detroit.
Every Basket Helps Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 to better manage humanitarian projects in the villages of Ghana where baskets are made for “African Market Basket. “ It partners with the Ministry of Health to provide health care to 1000 villagers (weavers and their families). It also provides school supplies and a community weaving center serving 3 villages and over 250 weavers. The center also serves as a village meeting place and school for the children. All the members of this non-profit volunteer their time, thus ensuring that 100% of the proceeds donated actually go toward the intended projects.
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.

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.

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.

Glass Art

Michigan Abolitionist Project

Bring your friends, neighbors and co-workers! Give a gift that gives hope to those struggling to survive!