WorldCrafts, the global fair trade division of Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), has launched an initiative to support the work of the Baptist Coalition for Children and Families, encompassing Baptist children’s ministries in 19 states.
Through the initiative, churches or individuals can support at-risk children in foster care while also providing life-sustaining work for overseas artisans and their families affiliated with WorldCrafts in 24 countries.
Currently more than 430,000 children are in foster care in the United States alone, according to Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System within the Department of Health and Human Services. Baptist children and family ministries serve this population through Christ-centered care and resources to protect foster children and to reunify families.
To help support children served by local Baptist children and family ministries, churches or individuals can host a one-month online WorldCrafts benefit utilizing multiple dozens of artisan-produced products.
To begin the process of hosting a benefit, an individual would complete an online registration form, available here. Then WorldCrafts will create a unique promotion kit for the host, including a webpage, promotion code, media slides, social media images and a bulletin insert. Twenty percent of all sales generated by the benefit will go directly to the host’s selected Baptist children and family ministry.
Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director of national WMU, said the initiative to assist Baptist children and family ministries is a natural fit for WorldCrafts.
“Most faith communities are aware of the foster care crisis in our country,” Wisdom-Martin said. “Many people have a desire to assist foster children, but don’t know how or where to get started. This initiative through WorldCrafts can help create connections between churches and families and their local Baptist children and family ministry.”
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Source: Baptist Press