Outreach - National/International Missions of Welcome
Outreach at Midway Christian has no boundaries. We offer financial support to our national denomination organizations and their missions. We also promote the goods and services of many fair trade businesses and those that work to end world hunger and poverty. We work to build up the Kingdom of God in our nation and around the world through these Missions of Welcome:
Christmount Christian Assembly
Christmount is a retreat, camp and conference center whose mission is to provide opportunities in the heart of the mountains for Christian hospitality, rest for the soul and renewal for the journey. Christmount is a recognized ministry partner of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). (from the Christmount website)
Disciples Mission Fund
The Disciples Mission Fund builds a foundation enabling Disciples to globally share the good news of Jesus Christ. This common fund allows the Disciples to pool their resources accomplishing a greater ministry. One congregation could not achieve this alone. Disciples Mission Fund allows a process of whole church stewardship supporting God-given missions at home and world-wide. They live their theological understanding of Christ's prayer "that they all may be one." As a faithful growing church, Disciples demonstrate true sense of community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. (from Disciples Mission Fund website) In addition to supporting the Disciples Mission Fund as an organization,
Midway Christian member also contribute to the DMF Special Fund Offerings and Special Day Offerings.
Disciples Mission Fund: Special Fund Offering - Reconciliation Ministry
Reconciliation Ministry advances the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s journey toward wholeness by empowering each expression of the Church to implement structural change to address historic fractures caused by racism and the systems that perpetuate it. It is the goal of our shared work to foster life-giving community within our church and in relationship with the whole family of God. We accomplish this mission through intentional dialogue, inclusive worship and experiential education. (from Disciples Mission Fund website)
Disciples Mission Fund: Special Fund Offering - Week of Compassion
Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Week of Compassion seeks to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities. (from WOC website)
Disciples Mission Fund: Special Day Offerings
Disciples Mission Fund Special Day Offerings provide an opportunity to highlight specific ministries as part of our faith celebrations. There are four Disciples Mission Fund Special Day Offerings received each year during Easter, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seasons. Each offering supports a specific ministry providing critical resources. (from Disciples Mission Fund website)
Eternal Threads is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children most at risk of extreme poverty, trafficking and other forms of exploitation by providing sustainable livelihoods through income generating projects. (from the Eternal Threads website)
Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. Midway Christian Church sells a variety of Equal Exchange products year-round. (from the Equal Exchange website)
Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. (from the Heifer website) Midway Christian accepts donation year-round to purchase an "ark" of livestock to send to poor villages worldwide.
Mira Fair Trade
Mira Fair Trade strives to promote social justice by working directly with underprivileged artisans by paying them fair wages to help them develop the knowledge to support themselves and their families. The Mira Fair Trade team works with over 200 artisans in India to design amazing handmade products for the Western market. Mira are members of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America Gold Certified Business. They incorporate the values of empowerment, diversity, and sustainability into the core of all of their business practices. (from the Shop Mira website) Some of the handcrafted items Mira sells are jewelry, scarves, bags, bells and chimes, and home décor.
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries. As one of the world's largest and oldest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages cultivates long-term buying relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to gifts, accessories and home décor from around the world. Ten Thousand Villages is a founding member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) and a certified member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF). Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit partner of Mennonite Central Committee. (from Wikipedia)