SERVE IN THE WORLD

“Growing Out” In Service

Your life, work, relationships, family and talents are unique and we believe God has entrusted you with those things for His purposes. You have a unique opportunity to be His ambassador of hope, freedom and reconciliation right where you are. Consider yourself SENT by God into your daily conversations and activities, to proclaim His love.

Uganda Mission Trip

The Uganda Mission Trip will be from June 12 – 26, 2018. BPC will partner with African Hospitality Institute (AHI) working with the staff and students, and also serving the local villages and schools. For further information please contact Tracy Davis at 530-228-5637, tracydavislaw@yahoo.com or Cyndi Aird at 680-5178, cydniaid@yahoo.com.  You can also learn more about AHI on our website or at http://ahi-ug.org.

Mission Marketplace

We will be hosting a Missions Marketplace on May 6 from 9:30am -1:00pm. All products sold will support Bidwell’s Mission Partners, and are ethically produced, locally sourced, made by the partners themselves, or by artisans they have a relationship with. Come out and support our Mission Partners and find the perfect gift! There will be an eclectic selection of fun and creative items.

Haiti Mission Trip

HAITI MISSION TRIP 2018
This summer we will travel to Haiti to put on our annual summer camp and birthday party for children in Haiti. The trip will be from June 28, 2018 – July 9, 2018.  Contact Karla Albert for more information at 345-7334.  BPC has been partnering with the United States Foundation for the Children of Haiti (USFCH) for over 25 years. Director Gladys Thomas has overseen the growth of services offered, which now includes three schools, two homes, including one for children with severe disabilities, and a full service hospital. BPC will once again be sending a team of students and adults who will primarily focus on serving and loving the children of the orphanage.  Learn more about our mission partner USFCH

Mother's Day Flower Cart

Join us on the patio on  Sunday, May 13 to give the gift of flowers and support our local partner, the Jesus Center, and their employment initiative, Bloomin’ Hope, by purchasing a flower arrangement ($25 for a mixed bouquet or ½ dozen roses and $45 for a dozen roses). Bloomin’ Hope is a non-prot business venture offering vocational training in the field of floristry. The project has been established to provide homeless women living in shelters the opportunity to learn all aspects of the oral industry including wholesale purchasing,retail sales and the business aspects of operating a small business.  Bloomin’ Hope operates a mobile Flower Cart that sells flowers in various locations in Chico. e project provides an opportunity for participants to learn employable skills as well as empowering and inspiring women toward self-efficacy and self-sufficiency. We, the women, who are currently experiencing homelessness and living at the Sabbath House or House of Hope, have created these lovely flowers with care, love, and appreciation. Our stories of homelessness range from domestic violence, abandonment, financial struggles, divorce, etc. These are our stories but our stories do not define us. Bloomin’ Hope was designed to allow us to give back and be a part of our community, to be provided with creative therapy, along with allowing us the opportunity to learn a vocation, and to feel a sense of belonging and purpose. www.jesuscenter.org

Agros Mission Trip

The Agros Mission Trip wil be from July 15 – July 22, 2018.  Our mission will support the La Bendición, Nicaragua community in whatever agricultural or community projects they have going on at the time.  We will hold a family cultural exchange lead workshops for adults and children based on needs of village and skills/interests of team.  We will also tour property, visit homes, spend time with families, attend community events, learn about poverty and the Agros development model.  For more information go to: https://www.agros.org/Our-Communities/Nicaragua

Haiti Mission Boutique Sale

Haiti Boutique Sale

Come support our Haiti Mission Boutique Sale, held Saturday April 28 from 8am – 3pm at 270 E. 4th Street in Downtown Chico. Early Shoppers, for a $5 fee, take advantage of a Early Sale and Silent Auction, held on Friday April 27 from 4-7pm. For items to be donated, please contact Lynn Koch at 893-9080 or Karla Albert at 345-7334

Our Global Mission Partners

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.  Website

African Hospitality Institute

African Hospitality Institute, located in the bush of Central Uganda, is transforming lives one person at a time; breaking the bonds of poverty and dependency that hold people back from living a full and productive life that blesses others. Its unique vocational training and relational discipleship programs impact unemployed Ugandan men and women. Its 10 room exclusive guesthouse provides a sanctuary of opportunities to Western Mission Teams and Humanitarian Volunteers with life changing experiences as they work alongside and share their lives with those trapped in extreme poverty.  Website

Bridging The Gap

Bridging the Gap By Giving (BTG), a local non-profit founded by Shirley Adams, raises awareness and money for clean water, sanitation, and training in hygiene in developing countries. Hundred of volunteers and donors of all ages have provided over 18,000 Africans with clean water for life. Our largest awareness outreach and fundraiser is the annual Walk 4 Water that involves local businesses, churches, individuals, schools and service groups. BTG is a donor-advised fund with North Valley Community Foundation, which assures that gifts are tax deductable. One hundred percent of the money given goes to safe water projects. Everyone needs clean water.  Website

Cristosal

Description:

Cristosal is a human rights organization working to advance human rights in Central America through rights-based research, learning, and programing. We come alongside victims of violence to provide protection when they need it most, repair the lingering effects of human rights violations, and build human rights environments to create conditions where peace is possible. Learn more here: www.cristosal.org

 Service Opportunities:

Travel to El Salvador for a week long Global School Seminar

Cristosal’s Global School creates opportunities for community, religious, student and professional leaders from different cultural backgrounds to engage with one another and learn together how to promote and defend human rights through the lens of Salvadoran experience. We facilitate intensive week-long seminars using a participatory model, through which students and facilitators share in the learning experience. Our courses are based on Cristosal’s original research and programming, and include discussions led by experts working directly with the themes of each seminar. Each seminar also includes community field visits, meetings with Salvadoran leaders, and cultural interchange between Salvadoran participants and international participants (those not from El Salvador or Central America).  Interpretation is provided in all seminars, ensuring both English and Spanish speakers may participate. View the course catalog here: https://www.cristosal.org/global-school

From Chico

Curious to learn more about human rights?  Take our online, self-paced advocacy training.  Sign up here: https://www.cristosal.org/become-advocate

For more information contact Audrey Denney at: audreylyndenney@gmail.com.

 

New Life Homes - Swaziland

Peter and Mary Jean Kopp began New Life Homes in 2001 to address the growing need to care for the most vulnerable children, orphaned or abandoned and without alternatives for care as a result of the HIV/AIDS crisis.  A 195-acre farm was acquired in 2003.  To date, four homes have been built and are fully operational.  Each home provides for 8 to 10 children.  Dedicated Swazi parents give themselves to love and parent these children unconditionally.  Each family operates as independently as possible, functioning as any other family in their culture. Seeking to achieve self-reliance, both parents and children participate through growing their own food and generating income.  Free-range eggs, broiler chickens, pigs, beef, vegetables and vegetable seedling are profitably marketed.  Website

OMPT

One Mobile Projector Per Trainer partners with charities already serving in the poorest communities of the world like Haiti, Rwanda, and Nepal to transform lives through education. OMPT provides the local people with cordless, solar-powered mobile projectors to communicate vital health and sanitation practices.  Website

Siloé Ministries - Baja, Mexico

Siloé Ministries is a Christian medical ministry serving in La Mision, Baja California and other poor communities in Mexico. They provide needy families with free health education, medical and dental care, and Christ-centered counseling. They run a family medicine and dental clinic in La Mision and host medical mission teams.

Service Opportunities:
Medical/Dental – There are short- and long-term opportunities for doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, medical students and other medical professionals to volunteer at Siloé Clinic.

Small groups – Siloé would like to host small groups (~6-12) that wish to come on a regular basis (perhaps annually) to serve, engage, and build relationships with members of their community. Service opportunities might include helping in the clinic, conducting VBS in one of the surrounding communities, home repairs, etc.

Cyclists – Each year, Team Siloé rides in the famous Rosarito-Ensenada bike race in May 6. A group of friends and supporters will complete the 50-mile course to raise funds for the Wellness Center construction and operations.

Help from Chico – There may be opportunities to help Siloe with newsletters, thank-you notes, etc.

For more information, contact Chris Brown at cbrown.chico@gmail.com

 Website

US Foundation for the Children of Haiti

Haiti continues to be the poorest country in the western hemisphere. The United States Foundation for the Children of Haiti (USFCH) is dedicated to providing financial, medical, and religious support and assistance to the needy children of Haiti.  The orphanage/school/hospital provide for the care of children including severely disabled and hundreds of families in the community. Through these efforts, children who might otherwise die as a consequence of the worst poverty, have an opportunity to live and grow in an environment of love and security.  Website