Roland Manor Baptist Church will be hosting their 10th Annual Metro Peoria Baptist Association WorldCrafts market on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2433 Washington Road in Washington, Illinois.

The Metro Peoria Baptist Association market supports WorldCraftsSM, the fair-trade division of Woman’s Missionary Union® (WMU). WorldCrafts develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. WorldCrafts’ vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth.

“There are other craft sales in our area and other fair trade sales. But there are few that serve the population that WorldCrafts does,” Mark Shipley says. Shipley is a member of Roland Manor Baptist Church who has been involved since their first market. He is the husband of the former Illinois WMU president, Kaye Shipley, who passed away in 2009. To honor his wife’s work, Shipley continues to support the ministries of WMU.

Shipley said, “WorldCrafts is a win-win. The handcrafted items are beautiful and unique. They make wonderful gifts. And the income for the artisans lets them live with dignity, knowing that our Father has provided a way to rise above their circumstances.”

In 1996, WorldCrafts began collaborating with one artisan group, Thai Country Trim. Through the years, it has expanded and now sells products handcrafted by more than 1,500 artisans in more than 23 countries around the globe. WorldCrafts partners with artisan groups who provide training for impoverished people, and offer these people the opportunity to work safely and overcome a variety of obstacles.

WorldCrafts is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. As a member, it ensures its artisans receive fair wages. WorldCrafts also works with artisan groups who holistically meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of their workers.

The Metro Peoria Baptist Association WorldCrafts market will be held at Roland Manor Baptist church on November 9th.

“WorldCrafts provides free resources to help those who want to host their own WorldCrafts market. You can also find a market to attend in your area,” says Emily Swader, hub manager/marketing strategist for WorldCrafts, “We appreciate our customers who are supporting this cause. Shopping with purpose changes lives around the world.”

Hosting a WorldCrafts market in your community is easy, and step-by-step instructions and resources are available online. Anyone desiring to host a WorldCrafts market can visit WorldCrafts.org/market for more information.