Southminster Presbyterian Church teamed up with Children of the Nations to bag 18,000 meals to restock their greatly diminished supplies. Over seventy people of all ages turned out after worship to bag the beans and rice. The mood was festive and a real sense of engagement was felt by all. SPC also raised the over $2000 necessary to ship the meals. View more pictures from the event here.
In January, University Presbyterian Church sent a short-term mission team to work with UPC’s long-
term missionaries, Bruce and Deb Robinson. While the team was in Haiti a 7.0 earthquake struck 100 miles away in Port au Prince. Carly Delavan wrote a reflection about their trip. Head on over to the new UPC Blog to read it.
Rev. Paul Smith reports that West Side Presbyterian Church has donated several thousand dollars not only to World Concern, whose intact building in Haiti has become a headquarters for several other relief organizations, but also to Kids Alive International. Former members of our congregation are Area Directors in the Dominican Republic. They have taken on approximately 150 orphaned children who are being cared for in group homes with other Haitian and Dominican orphans, loved and cared for by well-trained and equipped Christian couples who serve as house parents.
Wabash Presbyterian has raised over $9000 to support World Vision's relief efforts. They are specifically excited about the Child-Friendly Spaces that WV is setting up along the Dominican border. The centers are designed to provide children with a save and structured place to go during crises. "When disasters hit, children are always the most vulnerable," said Nicole Behnam, a World Vision child protection specialist. At the centers, trained volunteers engage children in activities and games, as well as providing food, pediatric care and the support of a child psychologist.
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