The Christmas shopping season has begun.Â Community United Methodist Church makes it easy for their members, those living in and around Columbia and those traveling to Columbia for meetings and other activities.Â For about ten years a part of their outreach ministry, which benefits poor artisans in countries around the world, has been a year around Global Market Store right in their church.Â Purchases made in the store go directly to the artisans without a number of middle profiteers in between.Â The program insures good wages for the artisans.Â MissionCast had the good fortune of interviewing Ava Swofford who has been with the ministry since it began.Â For information about starting such a ministry in your church call Community UMC at 573-445-6131.
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