Alternative Gift Market

Want to put the true spirit of Christmas back into this holiday season? Then come visit the Alternative Gift
Market which will be held on the four Sundays during the Advent season.

This program was started many years ago by a Presbyterian teacher to show children how to make a difference
by giving to help the poor. Alternative Gift International, or AGI, has grown into an international non-profit
organization that has raised millions of dollars to empower the world’s poorest citizens while preserving the
planet.

Its global mission is to send authentic life-giving gifts to a needy world. Those gifts include providing clean
water for farm families, rescuing girls from forced prostitution, equipping tribal families with solar energy,
teaching children the value of interfaith unity and supplying medicine to war-torn villages.… Continue

A letter from Nancy Collins in Zambia

November 2010

Dear family and friends,

I continue to praise God for the work God has given me to do here in East Central Africa. It is a demanding job but it is such a blessing.

Debbie Braaksma with CCAP Synod Office and “heroes” of Mtendere.

Debbie Braaksma with CCAP Synod Office and “heroes” of Mtendere.

On October 15, after 30 minutes of bumping over increasingly narrow dirt roads, Africa area coordinator the Rev. Debbie Braaksma and I arrived in Bihembe, Rwanda, to find rows of schoolchildren lined up to greet us. Debbie and I thought we were coming to see the new water connection bringing clean water to Bihembe for the first time.… Continue