Alternative Gift Market

An alternative approach to holiday gift giving is offered at First Presbyterian Church, Kerrville this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday, Nov. 24, from 9 am to 1 pm. The church’s Ryan Hall will be filled with beautifully handcrafted items made by third world country artisans presenting you with the opportunity to give the gift of HOPE to someone you may never know. 

The dollars you spend at the market will help nourish, educate and support individuals and families scattered all over the globe struggling to have a better life. A remote village might receive the gift of reliable electricity or life-giving clean water. A child in Haiti can have a chance at a better future with your gift of tuition, shoes or books. You may choose to give medical aid and supplies to ease pain and suffering of those without access to medical care. Or give a goat, bees or chickens through Heifer, and as they grow and reproduce, a whole village can be fed. These and many more ways to give HOPE will be available to you on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday Nov. 24. 

The gifts purchased at the market can honor a friend or loved one, provide your child the opportunity to help another child in need, or purely be your generous gift to help those who have little or no HOPE for a safe and healthy future.

2019 Gift Catalog

Below are the items and mission partners supported by this year's Alternative Gift Market. You can read about them below and then place your order on the form below, or plan to shop in person on November 23-24 in Ryan Hall.

SERRV, African Baskets, Guatemalan Crafts, and other in-person items may be found at the market on November 23-24.

  • Solar under the sun

    This is a ministry of the Synod of the Sun and PCUSA working together to bring solar power to villages and towns in Haiti, Kenya and beyond. It is a power source for communications, medical, refrigeration, x-ray equipment, etc. They partner with Living Waters for the World running water treatment systems.  (


    YOU CAN HELP:          $20 Solar energy


  • presbyterian disaster assistance

    Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. (


    YOU CAN HELP:            $10  school kits for Lebanese refugee camps

                                             $25 emergency kitchen kits

                                             Mission Presbytery aid to asylum seekers


  • Church World Service

    CWS offers a hand up for people supporting sustainable self-help development that addresses the grass root causes of poverty and powerlessness, promotes peace and justice, meets emergency needs and aids refugees. (



    YOU CAN HELP:        $10   box of 10 Rwandan notecards

                                         $10   blanket

                                         $15 Jerri cans (5)

                                         $25 garden tools - rake, pitchfork, shovel

                                         $25 chickens


  • Faith in Practice

    The mission of Faith in Practice is to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical and dental mission trips and health related educational programs. God’s love and compassion is demonstrated to the poor through this life changing medical mission. (


    YOU CAN HELP:          

                                   $10     non-surgical pain medications

                                   $25     patient and family room and board

                                   $100 cryotherapy cervical cancer screening


  • Wounded Warriors at Nebo

    Wounded Warriors at Nebo is a local, faith-based ministry located in Fredericksburg, TX. This ministry works closely with the Warrior Transition Battalion officers at Fort Sam Houston to help meet the needs of those who have sacrificed greatly for peace and freedom. Unlike other wounded warrior organizations, 100% of donations given to WWAN go to help area wounded and ill veterans, their spouses or caregivers.



    Spiritual Fitness    $10           Care Provider Respite    $25

    Couples in Crisis  $50          Family Christmas R&R  $100


  • Haiti education foundation

    The Haiti Education Foundation brings hope through education to Haiti’s children. Through donations and scholarships, the foundation provides schooling, hot lunches, uniforms, textbooks, Creole Bibles and food support for families. Many graduates are working in Haiti as teachers, doctors, nurses, and ministers, improving life for all the people of Haiti. At this time, Hef has established four primary schools and ten secondary schools, educating more than 11,000 children.  (


    YOU CAN HELP:         

    $10 shoes

    $35 textbook and supplies

    $75 one year’s tuition for a child


  • Heifer International

    Heifer International works with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.  As people share their animals’ offspring with others - along with their knowledge, resources, and skills - an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created. Heifer has offered families a source of food rather than just short-term relief since 1944.  Each family who receives livestock agrees to pass on the gift to another family. (


    YOU CAN HELP:         

    $20     flock of chicks

    $30 honeybees

    $120  goat

    $10.00  share a goat


  • Living Waters for the World

    Living Waters for the World trains and equips teams to share the gift of clean, sustainable water with communities in need. The water systems and education programs address a critical niche of the world water crisis where communities have available but contaminated water. It is a mission project of Synod of the Living Waters. (


    YOU CAN HELP:     Purified water/sanitation systems for small villages in:

    $20 Honduras

    $20 Dominican Republic

    $20 Guatemala


  • Foundation for International community assistance (FINCA)

    FINCA provides no collateral, low interest loans to the world’s lowest income entrepreneurs in 21 countries. These entrepreneurs can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living. Women make up 70% of the over 900,000 clients. (


    YOU CAN HELP:    $25 to help fund loans in El Salvador or Afganistan

                                     $50 bicycle to transport goods or go to school

                                     $250 to help fund small business loans

  • Baskets of Africa

    Baskets of Africa is a Fair Trade organization unique baskets from throughout the African continent. These one-of-a-kind pieces of functional artwork are woven by local Africa craftspeople. The majority of these weavers are women, working to support themselves and their families. Weaving baskets in the traditional manner, the weavers of Africa are preserving their cultural heritage as well as advancing themselves financially. 

  • Prosperity Candle

    Prosperity Candle is a mission creating opportunities for families to escape poverty through entrepreneurship. The organization focuses on regions of conflict and natural disaster. The candles are handmade in the U.S. by women artisans, all of whom lived for many years as refugees before relocating to the U.S. through UN and federal programs. Through purchases of unique vessels and accessories, they also impact lives in over 20 countries from Afghanistan and Bangladesh to Kenya, Rwanda and Nicaragua. 

  • our journey sunshine academy

    Our Journey Sunshine Academy was founded in 2003 by Reverends David and Anne Kinyanjui. Its purpose is to educate and provide meals for children in the community of Njoro, Kenya. Since 2015 the parents and community members have made ornaments and other crafts to support their efforts to educate their children in hopes of a better future endowed by our Creator, God.

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