In what has become an annual event for the missions of our church, we will again this year open God’s Gift Shop during the coffee hour on Sunday December 11. Plan to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to do some Christmas shopping by making a donation in the name of your friends and family to one of the following ministries:
South American Missions: Former church members, Craig and Mary Delille and their daughters Gennifer and Shelby, are serving the poor in Dois Unidos, Brazil. In partnership with local churches they are responding to the needs they encounter, demonstrating God’s heart for the poor. They provide food baskets, literacy training, build small but safe and secure houses, and hold bible studies in these homes and in the local community and churches.
The Goat Project in La Gonâve, Haiti: We are all aware of the seemingly unbearable situation that exists in Haiti, but there is hope in some areas. The La Gonâve “Goat Project is one of the positive gifts that we can share in this Christmas season that encourages Haitian farmers to support themselves. Hundreds of families have already benefitted from this project sponsored by the Presbyterian church. We have the opportunity to give a goat to a family, teach them how to raise and breed the goat and sell the offspring at market so that the project grows and provides business opportunity and income for the family. The gifts that you contribute also provide ongoing supervision, feed, and medicine for the goats.
The Soup Train: This local project is a partnership between the Barnabas Center, Council on Aging and Coalition for the Homeless working together to provide a weekly, 2-day hearty soup, bread, and sweet package to be delivered to home bound seniors awaiting admission to the meals on Wheels program. Your gift will provide for needy seniors in our county.
Shop with Cops: Started by our own Don Monahan, provides money for Christmas shopping by underprivileged children of Amelia Island. These children, selected by school counselors, are accompanied by a city policeman as they shop at Walmart for “needs and wants” for Christmas. This is an opportunity for youngsters to establish a positive relationship with local policemen and 100% of the funds donated goes to the children.
Nassau Habitat for Humanity: An affiliate of habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry, Nassau Habitat seeks to eliminate inadequate housing in our community…one home at a time. Now building their 30th home in Nassau county, our church has been involved in this ministry since its beginning, and a number of our church members currently volunteer on the construction teams. This is not a give-away program but gives owners a “hand-up” not a “hand-out”, as they pay with “sweat equity” and affordable monthly mortgage payments on a no-interest loan. Your donations help make affordable housing a reality in our community.
Please stop by God’s Gift Shop this Christmas Season!