Francie Johnsen – Guest Contributor
Nov 21 2012
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Fish and Loaves Alternative Gift Market

 The Fish and Loaves Gift Market at Highland Park Presbyterian Church is celebrating its 16th year! The shop will open Sunday November 25th and will be open each Sunday morning in Elliott Hall in the Hunt Building until December 23rd. You may order online at .

This market is a virtual gift shop whereby you can contribute to a local or international Christian charity in honor of teachers, friends, loved ones or just that special someone who has everything. You will receive a beautiful, heavy stock Christmas card and envelope for the recipient that describes your gift..

This year we are proud to sponsor ten deserving ministries with many new gift choices. This year's ministries include:

Returning Agencies

 Exodus Ministries exists to break the chain of generational crime by reuniting female ex-offenders with their children in a loving and structured residential environment.

 HIS Bridgebuilders-Uniting Christians across cities to advance urban transformation through education, health, economic, and community development.

 Dallas Leadership Foundation: Serves as a bridge to connect diverse peoples, churches, and organizations energized by the love of Christ. .

 Livada: From infancy to adulthood, Livada serves the orphaned and abandoned children of Mures county, Romania.

 New Agencies 

Amelia Earhart Learning Center(a DISD campus in West Dallas): Did you know that 85% of all people incarcerated have reading problems? HPPC is sponsoring a reading program to assist the students at Amelia Earhart learn to read.

 Apartment Bible Club-ABC provides Bible lessons, crafts and snacks for the children living in a low income apartment complex in the Vickery neighborhood, with some families being refugees.

 Hope's Home: An orphanage for vulnerable children living in desperate conditions in Lusaka, Zambia. “Parents” live in the house and raise the children with Christian values.

 International Justice Mission: A human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.

 World Vision: A Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

 Youth Believing in Change: Develops servant-leaders through spiritual, educational and entrepreneurial training by teaching them biblical principles and virtues basic to all faiths and cultures.

 There are a wide variety of gifting options available; from Vacation Bible School supplies to Bibles for children to winter boots or a computer for a child. Please look over our order form (Link to form) and find a gift that will support one of these special ministries during our current difficult economic times. The market will be open Sunday mornings during the holiday season, but order forms will be available all week in the Hunt Building reception area and completed forms with payment may be dropped off there as well.

If you would like more information, please e-mail Francie Johnsen ( or Nancy Champion ( )

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