A number of our United Methodist Churches host fair trade markets. Global Market is a year around fair trade market hosted by the Community United Methodist Church, in Columbia. Recently MissionCast had to joy of experiencing the largest free standing fair trade market in the country. It is hosted each year by Manchester United Methodist Church in St. Louis on two weekends in November.
Any church can host a fair trade market. Organizations like Ten Thousand Villages (www.tenthousandvillages.com) and SERVE (www.serrv.org) will pack up a kit of products and send it to your church. If some items donâ€™t sell you can send them back. The fair trade market at Manchester United Methodist Church started out very small with a cart selling fair trade coffee and then grew and grew. Help eliminate poverty by providing growers and artisans with a living wage and fair price for their products.
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