Support The Virtuous Girls’ Middle East Mission
In January 2014, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) started taking control of Iraq, capturing and killing those who did not agree with them and forcing thousands of families to flee their homes. Much of the world watched in horror as ISIS militants carried out multiple beheadings and engaged in other unspeakable atrocities. The continuous violence resulted in hundreds of thousands of Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities from Iraq and Syria being displaced and becoming refugees in foreign countries.
When we were little girls, we often dreamed of becoming missionaries and being in a position to give help and hope to others. After much prayer and thought, we were moved to do something to help Middle East refugees. We had the idea to start BARK BOX for the 2015 holiday season and donate 50% from every box that we sold to “The Cradle of Christianity Fund”. We set a goal to sell 1600 boxes to raise a total of $10,000 by December 25.
But the truth is, the current Middle East refugee crisis is not something that can be resolved overnight. It is going to take several years of hard work, prayer, and unwavering compassion to bring normalcy back to the lives of those who have been displaced. After witnessing a horrific event, the immediate shock we receive that spurs us into action tends to dissipate into apathy.
Whether we are successful in reaching our goal this year or not, we wouldn’t like our effort to help Middle East refugees to end after Christmas. Since chocolate bark is mainly a holiday treat, we’ve turned BARK BOX into our MIDDLE EAST MISSION. For as long as God allows us to continue The Virtuous Girls, we will be giving 15% of our baking profits to help Middle East refugees through “The Cradle of Christianity Fund”.
We realize that no amount of money will bring back the hundreds of lives that have been lost at the hands of ISIS. No amount of money will reverse the devastating effects of rape that so many women and girls from the Middle East have experienced. Money can’t heal hearts, only Christ can do that. But money can help by providing shelter, food, and clothes for those who need it most. We help because we have hope – hope that eternal goodness will overcome evil, that this darkness will not last and that light will come.
Our baked goods include cookies, muffins, sweet breads and cakes. Everything is made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with turbinado sugar, brown sugar, honey, and/or stevia for a healthier bent.
Honey Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Holiday Eggnog Cookies
Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
Caramel Cranberry Muffins
Chocolate Chip Muffins
Strawberry Banana Muffins
Poppy Seed Lemon Loaf
Oatmeal Cake with Raisins and Pecans
Autumn Spice Cake
About The Cradle of Christianity Fund
The Cradle Fund (TCF) helps rescue, restore, and return Middle Eastern Christians and other religious and ethnic groups to a home where they can live and practice their faith free from fear. This strategy is based on listening to those in the region and organized around the idea that every near-term decision impacts the long-term. Wherever and whenever possible, TCF works with the suffering Church in support of those of all faiths who have suffered. Find out more at http://www.cradlefund.org/.