Following worship services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings, the café and outdoor patio of The North Metro Church off Barrett Parkway on the corner of Old 41 Highway has displayed wares from around the globe.
The Hope Market opened Nov. 3, with the final day for customers this Sunday.
Ashley Porter, outreach coordinator for North Metro Church, said she selected and purchased items while visiting a mission family in Guatemala to be resold at the Hope Market.
Almost everything in the market is international, including colorful textiles from Guatemala woven into tote bags and bracelets, candlestick holders and a nativity scene made out of olive wood from the Middle East, table runners made of silk and hand embroidered from China, and handmade jewelry from African and India, Porter said.
The smallest items at the market are sold for $2 and the largest cost $45, Porter said. There is also a silent auction with items worth hundreds of dollars.
Porter said she expects the market to raise a total of $15,000 to $20,000 this year, and the church is already half way to the goal.
“I am hoping and praying that this weekend we will get some more funds in,” Porter said.
There are 14 local and global partners representing eight geographical locations, India, East Asia, Middle East, Guatemala, Zimbabwe, Haiti, England, and Atlanta, who benefit from the market’s revenue.
These groups focus on issues of social justice, such as key construction or self-sustaining projects in third-world countries, as well as promoting greater access to biblical education, development of pastors and evangelism.
A partner from the 2012 Hope Market, Wellspring Living, fights against childhood sexual abuse and exploitation, specifically with women and young girls in Atlanta, Porter said.
Another mission raised funds to build a chicken coop for an orphanage in Zimbabwe under the care of the ministry Hands of Hope.
HOH said the chicken coop, built for the orphanage with 17 children, allowed them to make a small profit, provide eggs to eat, and teach the children life skills and responsibility.
Porter said there is a place in the Hope Market for each mission group, with pictures and information.
“Not only will you experience the passion and hear the stories of our local and global partners, your purchases and donations will support their cause and truly make a difference in the world,” Porter said.
Shoppers can donate money to the church. Those donations and the revenue from sales will be divided equally among the mission groups, Porter said.
“We have been so blessed to see how God has chosen to work within our church body to provide for these ministries,” said Rob McDowell, North Metro Church’s lead pastor. “We simply want to be good stewards with what He has given us.”