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Serving Our World
Loving your neighbor doesn’t just mean loving those next door. In our globalized world, we are connected to societies and countries everywhere.
Men, women, and youth from Providence have answered the call to be a servant in many ways, including reaching out to those who live far away from us. In ministering to those in need, we are truly blessed. Please see the following descriptions of Providence mission activities as we seek to “Serve God’s World.”
Here are a few of Providence’s many mission activities:
Webster Springs, WV
All-church Mission Trips have taken place June 20 – 27, 2015, June 24 – July 1, 2017, May 5 – 12, 2018, April 13 – 20, 2019; the next trip is planned for April 4 – 11, 2020.
Since October 2001, West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps, Inc. (WVMAW) has brought 40-75 volunteer groups per year to work in West Virginia. Their work has consisted of home repair and reconstruction, deconstruction, playground restoration, parks cleanup, stream bank stabilization, and vacation Bible schools, among other things. But more than just hammers and nails, the groups have built relationships with people in West Virginia, changing lives in the name of Jesus Christ.
WVMAW is supported in part by The Presbytery of West Virginia, The Synod of the Trinity, and gifts from churches and individuals. We have a close relationship with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, particularly in times of disaster recovery. The groups they recruit come from churches of various faith traditions, as well as from colleges and universities. (from the WVMAW website)
Webster Springs is one of the eight mission locations served by WVMAW. This location was chosen because of its proximity to Providence (240 miles). Providence’s 4 work groups have included both inter-generational (youth and adult) and adult trips. We have worked on refurbishing homes and have established wonderful relationships with homeowners, WVMAW volunteers and residents in and around Webster Springs.
Rise Against Hunger
Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined, according to the World Food Program. The congregation of Providence has joined together to fight hunger by partnering with Rise Against Hunger (RAH) (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. Working with RAH’s meal packaging program, we raise money to purchase food and we package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.
Since 2012 over five hundred volunteers have purchased and packaged over 124,000 meals at Providence Presbyterian
Church’s six RAH packaging events. The congregation has also raised enough money to purchase 75 Sawyer Water Filters. Each filter provides clean water for ten years and is capable of cleaning over 250 gallons of water per day.
This inter-generational mission project is a great way for everyone to pitch in to end the scourge of hunger.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Providence, with other Presbyterian congregations, supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, aiding victims of disasters worldwide through our denomination and Church World Services. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. In addition to aiding American disasters (such as the Gulf hurricanes), Providence provided additional financial support for Haiti’s earthquake and Japan’s tsunami victims.
Regional Disaster Assistance
Providence members participate in mission trips to help those in need. Additionally, the high school youth usually take one or two regional work trips a year.
Examples of recent Providence trips:
- Members of Providence repaired a damaged church in Tyronza, AK.
- Members of Providence repaired homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in Orange Grove, MS.
- Senior Highs worked with Hosanna Industries to help construct and repair homes for needy families in the greater Pittsburgh area.
- Junior Highs volunteered for a local “3 Days of Mission,” which included gleaning produce and working at a free-food distribution warehouse.
You can help support regional mission trips by:
- Giving financial contributions
- Donating supplies
- Providing transportation
- Chaperoning a youth trip
Providence has a 20-year relationship with a Presbyterian pastor currently serving the community located in the very poor area of Granjas del Desierto, Juarez, Mexico. We provide financial support for the minister, Juan Pablo Gutierrez, as well as fund a weekly breakfast program and other support to the people of Granjas.
Recently Juan Pablo Gutierrez and his family visited Providence to preach at our worship service, and meet with our congregation to talk about our joint mission support to ‘Providencia’ Granjas.
Through faithful service over many years, Providence mission trips have enabled construction projects and supported delivery of essential services to those in great need. Due to the past violence in Juarez, we suspended trips, but with a safer outlook now, we hope to renew these trips soon.
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:16