Hope for Burundi
Since 2008, The Church of the Redeemer has supported Hope for Burundi, a project begun by John-Bosco Hakizimana, a native Burundian who spent several years in Bethesda and became a much-loved member of the parish community. Although John-Bosco died in June 2009, his work continues with significant support from The Church of the Redeemer. Initiatives include reforestation, the establishment of nurseries, training in non-violent communication, and other activities.
Olive Oil Ministry
Redeemer is a member of the Olive Oil Ministry, a consortium of religious groups in the Washington metropolitan area, headquartered at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ. Two sales events of the Ministry’s olive oil products from Palestine take place at Redeemer annually. Products also are always available through parishioner Marie France, Redeemer’s liaison to the ministry. The purpose of the sales is to help stabilize the Palestinian economy, support the quality of life of farming families, encourage sustainable agricultural practices, and to support the Tent of Nations’ international peace center on the farm near Bethlehem, which has belonged to the Christian family of Daoud Nassar for generations.
We are growing as two Quaker congregations joined this spring: Bethesda Friends Meeting, and Friends Meeting of Washington. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, Bethesda, will start to sell our olive oil and expects to join the ministry shortly, once their Middle East Committee is up and running.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Marie France: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trinidad Conservation Project (TCP)
The goal of the Trinidad Conservation Project is to improve family nutrition, agricultural practices, and reforestation efforts in five impoverished communities near the town of Trinidad, in the mountainous Santa Barbara province of Honduras. The Church of the Redeemer has supported this project since 2010.