Mission Handcrafts Project Takes in Nearly $2k at This Year's ACS

July 15, 2019

The Mission Handcrafts project reports gross sales of $1,904 during the 2019 California-Nevada Annual Conference Session (ACS). The amount to be sent to mission projects from that sale is $1,106, making a total of  $110,372 raised to date for projects around the world.

As a result of the sale at Annual Conference, Advance Special 00430A in Bolivia will receive $330; $289 was raised to support the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) India projects of the Davis United Methodist Church; $75 was raised to support the Women’s Leadership Project in Cambodia, Advance #3020789; and the sale of items from Africa raised $93 for Gardens for Health International in Rwanda. Projects to receive the balance of $319 will be determined in December after calculations from pre-holiday sales.

Bolivian Handcrafts was originally a people-to-people opportunity for North Americans to help improve the lives of families in Bolivia through purchase of products resulting from cooperatives established by Wendell and Ruth Kramer, who served under the Methodist Board of Global Ministries in the 60s. In 1974, bylaws were adopted and the project was officially established under the corporate structure of St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Orinda, California, by action of the administrative board of that church.

Between 1974 and 1989, churches that were involved with the Bolivian Handcrafts project in various capacities, in addition to St. Mark's UMC, included El Sobrante UMC, The Church of the Valley in Dublin, Good Samaritan UMC in Cupertino, First UMC of Palo Alto, Los Altos UMC, and Sebastopol UMC. In 1989, Bolivian Handcrafts bylaws were amended and Rev. Jim Current announced that Novato United Methodist Church had accepted the Bolivian Handcrafts project under its non-profit organization umbrella.

In 1992, Gordon and Sandra Metzger became coordinators of the project, and while Novato UMC remained the sponsoring organization, Sonoma UMC became the center of activity for Bolivian Handcrafts. In 2004 the name was changed to Mission Handcrafts, after the addition of inventory from Africa. In subsequent years, UMVIM team members and other travelers have provided inventory from many additional countries, with more than 25 countries currently represented in Mission Handcrafts inventory.

An individual or group wanting to support the Mission Handcrafts project may schedule a sale in their local church, receiving inventory and instructions and then returning unsold items along with proceeds from the sale.

For more information or to schedule a sale, contact Sandra Metzger at sgmetzger@att.net or call 707-938-8373.