We invite you to join us for the Alternative Gift Fair (AGF) this year – 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. Your donation makes 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, where you can also give online.
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
AFRICAN HOSPITALITY INSTITUTE - GUESTHOUSING & 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.
Mission Partner Champion: Beth Reid
AGROS INTERNATIONAL - LAND, HOPE, LIFE
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.
BRIDGING THE GAP FOUNDATION
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 safe water, sanitation, and training in hygiene. We thank each donor who has made a difference to 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
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.
EvaSUE is a missional fellowship of university students and alumni dedicated to faithfully following and boldly witnessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior throughout Ethiopia. 60% of the population of Ethiopia is under the age of 25. As a ministry to the brightest young leaders in Ethiopia, EvaSUE is poised to greatly impact the future leaders of both the nation and the entire Horn of Africa region. In the past few years, EvaSUE has grown to include over 50,000 university students in 176 fellowships throughout Ethiopia. It is now one of the largest campus ministries in the world. Ethiopia is the only majority-Christian nation in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Ethiopian Christians have a long history of relating effectively with their Muslim neighbors. EvaSUE alumni are being sent by their churches and indigenous mission groups to minister in MENA nations in increasing numbers with growing fruitfulness.
Learn more at (https://www.evasue.net/)
HORN OF AFRICA
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)
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)
NEW LIFE HOMES - SWAZILAND
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 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.
U.S. FOUNDATION FOR THE CHILDREN OF HAITI
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.
LOCAL MISSION PARTNERS
Cast Hope is an outdoor youth outreach program that builds relationships between underprivileged/at-risk kids and mentors through guided fly fishing, camping, hiking, and educational field trips.
CHICO FOOD PROJECT
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.
CITRUS ELEMENTARY - 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, 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - BUTTE COUNTY
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.
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, Merced, and the Sacramento area.
The Jesus Center is a local, faith based non-profit organization serving people experiencing homelessness in our community. Sabbath House at the Jesus Center offers sober sheltering for men and women. It is our purpose to provide people with resources and opportunities to help them on their pathway towards ending their homelessness. We provide services including our transitional housing program which has grown to include seven houses for up to 60 men, women & children; our 58 bed Sabbath House Shelter program for men and women; and meals for those in the program and with our partners throughout the community. While staying at the Sabbath House participants can attend classes on time management, financial wellness, resume writing etc. as part of our Pathways Program, along with case management, and vocational training for job readiness. (jesuscenter.org)
This local church has a heart for Jesus and a dream to build a church that serves the community in practical and tangible ways.
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 twelve years to prepare and serve Sunday dinners to those in need.
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 Victor Paz - 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 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.
YOUNG LIFE - YOUNG LIVES
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.