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 logo.
GLOBAL MISSION PARTNERS
Bridging the Gap4Water was founded in 2006 by Sky and Grant Adams to raise awareness and funds for safe water projects in Africa. Most of our work is done in Uganda and Zambia at the time. BTG partners with Lifewater, TivaWater, and World Vision. We have provided over 55,000 Africans with safe water, sanitation, and training in hygiene. We thank each donor who has made a difference in our thirsty world. BTG4WATER is a charitable Project Fund under North Valley Community Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All gifts are tax-deductible. BTG4WATER.ORG
Learn more at (https://www.evasue.net/)
illuminAid is fighting world poverty with video. Our planet’s most forgotten communities don’t have regular access to essential information related to subjects such as disease prevention, health and hygiene, or gender-based violence prevention. illuminAid trains and equips local educators and community workers to first create instructional videos and then share their life-saving information with the world’s most remote villages, using solar and battery-powered technology. (www.illuminaid.org)
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 – Agros works with rural families in Central America and Mexico, breaking the cycle of poverty through a holistic development model of community organization, land ownership, housing and infrastructure, sustainable economic growth and community education.
For more than 20 years, Cristosal has served the most vulnerable communities in Central America and worked to create long-lasting positive social change by working directly with victims to change policies and structures in favor of human rights in Central America. Cristosal strengthens the capacities of victims of human rights violations and violence and is advocating for the guarantee of victims’ rights. This is a critical moment for democracy in Central America and around the world, and your actions show that the international community stands in solidarity with human rights defenders.
Visit our website www.cristosal.org and follow us on social media for more opportunities to engage with Cristosal and support human rights.
A third of those living in the world today (over 7,000 people groups) have not heard the gospel in a way that they can understand. Because of this, Jesus is not being worshipped by every tongue, language, tribe, and nation. Many of these people groups live in the Horn of Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East. Since the beginning of Horn of Africa in 2002, workers have been using the disciple-making movement (DMM) strategy to see disciples who make disciples, churches that plant churches, and movements that birth movements. Horn of Africa has helped to pioneer the beginning of movements in many of these unreached people groups. (hornofafrica.org)
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 run a family medicine and dental clinic in La Mision, and host medical missions teams. A gift to Siloé will support our community clinic as well as health education outreach and events in nearby rural villages.
LOCAL MISSION PARTNERS
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. Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Donations of your time, your talents, your prayers, and gifts are always appreciated. Read with a child, do science experiments with several children, and play on the playground with children. The Bobcat Den is stocked by our church and the children spend Power Paws (vouchers) they earn for being responsible, respectful, and safe. School supplies, bikes, holiday items, books, knickknacks, gently used clothing, jewelry, etc. are always welcome. Contact: Pam Wear or Cindy Sockey – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Torres Shelter is a 140-bed shelter that also helps people improve their circumstances to get back on their feet. Members of the 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.
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.
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 a relationship with others and by doing the work to repair and revive their homes and yards. Contact Victor Paz – email@example.com
We offer mission trips to Mexico every month to work in an orphanage or build a home for an impoverished family. We offer Mission Encounter Weekends for youth and college groups to dive deeper into the life of a disciple who is learning to live life on mission with Jesus. And we offer training schools (Discipleship Training Schools) for people who have a quarter or semester available to grow deeper in their relationship with God and then spend a couple of months overseas with their team serving in missions. Currently, we have 5 teams on outreach in Romania and Ukraine (working with Ukrainian refugees), Thailand, Madagascar, Mexico, and the U.S.
Following the Discipleship Training Schools, we have the next level of training called the Bible Core Course which is a deep inductive study of the several types of literature in the Bible, as well as a survey of the Old and New Testaments.
My name is Christiane (Chris) Garib. I have been serving as a full-time missionary with Youth With a Mission for 17 years now.
For the first 10 years, I served with YWAM Brazil working with Summer camps, the homeless population, and prison ministries.
I have joined YWAM Chico in 2015 with my two children (Mateus, now 21, and Julia,13). In that same year, we started attending BPC, becoming members in the following year.
Since then, I have been living and serving in different areas of our missionary base. I have mainly been dedicated to equipping missionaries with the Word through an intensive three-month in-depth study called Bible Core Course. The goal is to have missionaries prepared with a solid biblical foundation to go and fulfill their calling of spreading the Gospel around the world.