Fair Trade Bazaar Raises $7,000 for Missions

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CHICAGO, IL (December 3, 2004)  – More than $7,000 was raised during the “Gifts  That Make a Difference” fair trade bazaar conducted recently by  Edgebrook Evangelical Covenant Church.

“It was a huge success,” says Amanda Olson, a North Park Theological  Seminary student who is completing her internship at Edgebrook Covenant.  Proceeds will be used to benefit a variety of local and international  mission organizations and ministries. A key developer of the fair trade  bazaar concept is Chris Pokorny, who is a member of Central Conference  staff.

Covenant missionary groups from Chicago and other parts of the world  shipped their goods to Edgebrook Covenant to be included in the bazaar.  Participating organizations included Covenant Women of Colombia,  Covenant missionaries in Mexico, Ecuador, the Central African Republic  and ALC Handicrafts of Thailand, as well as fair trade enterprises,  interfaith handicraft alliances and social justice organizations.

“All of the money raised from goods sold was returned directly to the  local crafter,” Olson explained. “ALC Handicrafts received enough money  to financially support one woman and her family for six months. The  additional profits that the church raised – totaling more than $1,300 –  were donated to the North Park Friendship Center to help feed and clothe  our neighbors.”

Olson said the fair trade bazaar also serves as a valuable evangelism  tool, “bringing countless new people who had never been here before into  our church. We praise God for the huge success of this missions and  evangelism ministry!”

To learn more about Edgebrook Covenant and its ministries, visit  www.edgebrookcovenantchurch.org.

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