Sponsored school children
TARA "Stand Tall" necklace
With heirloom quality craftsmanship, gifts like this compass keychain from Noah’s Ark International will be treasured for generations.
Handcrafted with upcycled chains by artisans of Noah’s Ark International, this bicycle link frame makes a perfect gift for your favorite cyclist or recyclist.
Kamrul Hasan is an independent artist working through Noah’s Ark International to deliver iron crafts and recycled bike chain items to shoppers in Nacogdoches.
From Maker to Market to Mission
(NACOGDOCHES, TX) – From stocking stuffers and host gifts to hand made organizers and holiday foods, Westminster Presbyterian Church is connecting Nacogdoches shoppers to artisan makers through the 2021 Fair Trade International Market. Gifts made in Africa, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Nacogdoches will be available for sale in Westminster Hall 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri., Nov. 19, and 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., Nov. 20. Sales benefit mission work that increases access to food, education, job placement, health care and housing for tens of thousands of individuals around the world, including work in our community.
“This event is a fantastic opportunity for the community to see other parts of the world through their arts and crafts,” said Westminster member Nancy Niehaus. “It helps people expand what they know of the world around us.”
A sweet giraffe necklace made by partner TARA in India reminds the wearer to “Stand Tall.” This message resonates through the organization’s goal to eliminate child labor. The organization believes access to education is an essential step to ending poverty and artisan benefits from TARA include medical insurance, interest‐free loans and advances, a savings program and skills training. TARA started an education sponsorship program in 2012, that now supports nearly 180 children whose parents cannot afford schooling are able to finish their education.
Ten Thousand Villages partners with Noah's Ark International Exports to connect East Texas with upcycled handicrafts from artisans in India. Proceeds from ethical gifting of Noah's Ark products, like a bicycle link frame, provide education and medical treatment for makers and their families.
“I have a dream to train young, unemployed youth to make these kinds of crafts. That way, their minds will be focused rather than distracted by other things,” said Noah’s Ark artisan Kamrul Hasan.
Ten Thousand Villages Volunteer Joanie Cooksey helps curate which products find their way to
Nacogdoches. Every gift is uniquely handmade, and the wide selection of products changes each year. Cooksey will return during the 2021 market to share artisan stories.
“I am so blessed to get to spend time with all of you each year,” Cooksey said.
Gifts made by church members, including preserves, ornaments and home decor, will be found among the international treasures. Sales of locally made items benefit local mission outreach for Love INC of Nacogdoches, Community RX, Nacogdoches County United Way, Women's Shelter of East Texas, Nacogdoches H.O.P.E., 21/7, Godtel, Christian Women's & Men's Job Corps and the Nacogdoches Senior Center.
“Robin Moore is making adorable cloth books, Steve and Sally Newton have lots of items made, and Becky Helmer has made some really nice earrings,” Westminster member and sale organizer Terri Moehring said.
Moehring works to ensure the sale includes gifts with price points designed to fit most budgets. Cash, check and credit card payments will be accepted.
Westminster Presbyterian Church is a designated Texas Historic Landmark that traces its roots to the first Protestant minister to be ordained on Texas soil. The invitation to worship at Westminster Church is always open to persons who wish to join us in witness and service to Jesus Christ. If you are interested in church membership or desire more information about this congregation, please call the church office at 936‐564‐0203.