Ten Thousand Villages comes to Methodist church Dec. 4-5 Ten Thousand Villages will bring the world to First United Methodist Church on Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ten Thousand Villages is a job creation program of Mennonite Central Committee (the worldwide relief and development organization of Mennonite Church USA) that works in over 30 Third World countries to provide artisans a North American marketplace for their handicrafts.
Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade organization and helps artisans, who would otherwise be un- or under-employed, provide their families with food, clothing, housing, education and health care.
Included in the Ten Thousand Villages gift market are beautiful baskets and ceramics from Vietnam, musical instruments from Cameroon, handmade paper cards from Bangladesh, onyx candleholders from Pakistan, and jewelry crafted in India. Several other shopping opportunities will also be offered.
An alternative Christmas market will also be available through Alternative Gifts International. Founded in 1980 in Pasadena, CA, AGI develops alternative gift markets in the U.S. and overseas. Goats and job training, medicines and eye surgery, solar cookers and bicycles, micro loans and tree seedlings, relief for orphans and shelter for the homeless � these are some of the authentic life-giving gifts made available through Alternative Gifts International.
Habitat for Humanity will also have holiday cards for sale. Decorative Christmas cookies will be available for $5 per pound and lunch will be served by the UMC Youth Group.