CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS OF AGF
We invite you to join us for the 2021 Alternative Gift Fair (AGF) – sharing the joy of Christmas through giving meaningful gifts to those you love while also helping children and families in Chico and around the world. This Christmas we are celebrating over 30 years of AGF making a tangible impact in the lives of those in need through our Mission Partners. Join us in the celebration by giving gifts that give hope! Please read about all of our Global and Local Mission Partners below.
You can print out this card for each symbolic gift you are purchasing and giving. The card is designed to print on one sheet of paper landscape and will print two cards. Please cut your card in half and then fold in half. When folded, your cards should have a top fold with “Merry Christmas” on the cover. When you open the card up, you will see the description on the top flap and the area you complete on the bottom part. The back side of the card has the BPC Mission logo.
GLOBAL MISSION PARTNERS
Guest House & Vocational School: AHI prepares vulnerable, unemployed young adults in Uganda to lead significant and productive lives that bless others. They do this through a 2-year journey of mentoring, character development, and vocational training.
BTG4WATER is a charitable Project Fund under North Valley Community Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds for safe water projects in Africa. Our partners in the country are Lifewater International, TivaWater, and World Vision. We have provided 40,000 Africans with clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene.
This Haitian run organization was founded over 40 years ago to serve the needy children of Haiti. BPC has supported its work for 20 years. Today it runs two homes, including one for severely disabled children, 2 elementary schools, one college, and a hospital.
Agros International – Empowers Central American families to rise out of poverty through market-led agriculture, land ownership, and health and well-being. This year we are supporting their Healthy Start program to tackle extreme poverty in the Ixil region. In these remote villages, Agros is implementing proven methodologies to stem chronic malnutrition, train mothers to supplement their household income as entrepreneurs and ensure that women, babies, and children get the health care and food they need to thrive.
An invisible crisis of violence is unfolding in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – causing families to flee for their lives. Cristosal protects individual families, and also works to hold governments accountable – transforming their countries into places where the vulnerable are taken into account and cared for.
New Life Homes began in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis and provide loving homes for 40 orphans, a preschool-7th-grade school and a 195-acre vegetable/animal farm for their food security and income generation.
Siloé Ministries is a Christian medical ministry serving in La Mision, Baja California and other poor communities in Mexico. They provide families in need with free health education, medical care, and Christ-centered counseling. They also run a family medicine and dental clinic and host medical missions teams.
LOCAL MISSION PARTNERS
Cast Hope is an outdoor youth outreach program that builds relationships between underprivileged/at-risk youths and mentors through guided fly fishing, camping, hiking, outdoor activities, and educational field trips.
Citrus Elementary School - Adopt a School Ministry
We partner with the teachers and students of Citrus School. The ministry is centered on giving hope to children by showing them God’s unconditional love and guiding them into becoming whole persons socially, intellectually, and spiritually – Learn more by contacting Pam Wear at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a campus ministry whose goal is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed. Kimberley Wun works alongside staff in Chico, Reno, Davis, and the Sacramento area.
Orchard Church works with the poor and addicted in our community to provide hope and assistance to improve their lives through Jesus Christ.
Senior Home Maintenance
This ministry cares for people who need assistance due to aging, widowhood, disability, or illness. Their mission is to demonstrate God’s love by being in relationship with others and by doing the work to repair and revive their homes and yards. Contact Ty Thresher – email@example.com
Young Life is an outreach ministry of building relationships with adolescents who are unfamiliar with who Jesus is and the Christian life. “Young Lives” is a ministry that provides relational support to teen moms.
The Chico Food Project is a fun and simple way to share food with the hungry in our community. A team member comes to your doorstep 6 times per year to pick up your blue bag filled with non-perishables and leave you an empty bag for the next pickup.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. With a little help, Habitat owners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
For nearly 40 years the Jesus Center has been serving those experiencing homelessness in Chico. We offer safe, sober shelter at Sabbath House (an emergency shelter for women & children), a transitional housing program of seven houses serving more than 60 people a night, and relational assistance to give people a healthy pathway towards living their best life. jesuscenter.org
The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs to the needy here in Chico and around the world. BPC has partnered with the local Salvation Army for over 20 years to support their programs in our Community.
The Torres Shelter is a 140-bed shelter that also helps people improve their circumstances to get back on their feet. Members of Bidwell Presbyterian congregation have sponsored and served dinner to the homeless since 1998. The group has continued to serve at the Torres Shelter once a month since it was built in 2003. Currently, there are a number of Life Groups that share in this ministry.
BPC high school students travel outside of our own city for some perspective on how to be witnesses for Jesus regardless of location. Your gift helps a teen participate in this life-changing experience.