This spring we are bursting with excitement to offer a special shopping experience at our Fair Trade Spring Market on April 1–2 at the Creation Museum. As you stroll through our botanical gardens looking for signs of spring, stop by Pavilion 1 and peruse through a variety of products for sale. On Friday, April 1, let the shopping begin from 12 noon–6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Our vendors will have scarves, jewelry, bags, purses, baskets, paper products (stationary, journals, etc.), toys, and some kitchen items (such as wooden spoons and pot holders from Africa).
What is fair trade? Essentially, fair trade is a buying relationship that creates opportunity for economically disadvantaged artisans in the developing world by providing a sustainable market for their handcrafted products through long-term buying relationships. The principles of fair trade are pretty simple, but the impact is profound. We are sourcing goods from individuals and co-operatives who maintain the following standards:
Of course, the most important question of all still remains: what is fair trade without Christ? God’s Word makes it clear that He is concerned about the poor, the weak, and the oppressed, and that we should be as well (Psalm 12:5, 140:12; Isaiah 25:4; Matthew 25:35–40). Like all of us, their greatest need is for a Savior! The majority of our fair trade partners are also ministry partners who wholeheartedly agree with our mission to “obey God’s call to deliver the message of the Gospel, individually and collectively“ and are actively sharing Christ in their sphere of influence.
So come and enjoy a fun-filled day with your family and friends at the Creation Museum. Your fair trade purchases will make a difference, not only to help someone out of economic poverty, but most importantly to spread the gospel so that all may hear (Matthew 28:18–20).