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Helena Alliance Church

Kosovo Lace

CAMA Services (Compassion And Mercy Associates)


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History: 

Following the war in Kosovo (early 2000), CAMA Services began to reach out to those in need, mostly Muslim widows in extreme poverty.



Ministries: 

CAMA purchases handcrafted lace from these women to create an income opportunity for them. They also provide physical and occupational therapy, teach English classes, and conduct Bible studies; recently they purchased a center for these activities. CAMA service worker Diana Ulrich was our first contact; now Ron and Lisa Ramsey oversee this ministry.



Scope: 

Today, 280 women are involved in the Kosovo Lace Project.



Our Role: 

In 2004 the Helena C&MA of Helena, Montana became the stateside representative to distribute the lace throughout churches in the US. Since then, nearly $175,000 has been raised for CAMA. Pastor Jim Stumbo coordinates the distribution ministry.



Money: 

All income goes directly to CAMA Services and is used for payment to the Kosovo women, related expenses, and outreaches to the women involved.


Prayer: 

An important aspect of the distribution is that the name of the lady who made the lace is on a sticker, allowing the purchaser to continue praying for this lady by name.



Process: 

We call churches to ask if they would be willing to display the lace and give opportunity to their congregation to purchase them. The church may have the lace for 2 months, then, return the unsold product for us to recycle to another church.



No Risk: 

There is no cost for the display, the sales go directly to CAMA, and the unsold product is returned.



Facts:

  • The price of the lace ranges from $5-$50 (most between $10-$15).
  • The church can have the lace for 2 months and fit into their schedule.
  • The display will have about 50 lace products.
  • The best plan is to simply display on a table in the foyer. They sell themselves.
  • This is a great opportunity to acquaint people with Alliance Missions. CAMA projects are very appealing to donors who like the hands on help for individuals approach.

Contact: 

Pastor Jim Stumbo can be reached at 406-442-1301 or by email at helenacma@hotmail.com. The CAMA website has more information: www.camaservices.org.