World Missions

Missions: World Missions

Living Waters

Living Waters for the World (LWW), a mission resource of the Synod of Living Waters of the Presbyterian Church (USA), trains and equips mission teams to share the gift of clean, sustainable water with communities in need. LWW water treatment systems and related educational programs fill a critical niche in the world water crisis - communities with available but contaminated water.

Living Waters for the World Mission teams empower their partners to provide clean, sustainable water and health education for their communities. Living Waters for the World allows the churches and organizations to be directly involved in people's lives in a tangible way; children are being saved from certain illness and deadly complications that come from dirty water. Living Waters for the World and its partners are sharing the water of life and sowing God's word to those who thirst. Volunteers are needed to pray for this ministry, and support future mission trips.

Contact Information:
Ken Hill

Links:
http://www.livingwatersfortheworld.org/

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Mission Trips

Unity Presbyterian Mission Trips take place every other year, to Honduras. Gloria and Tim Wheeler (PC USA missionaries to Honduras) host/guide mission trip participants, who assist with building projects.

Providence Presbytery sponsors adult mission trips each year. Members of Unity are encouraged to participate in Providence Presbytery’s mission efforts in Central America. This team also assists in planning, organizing and/or participating in Unity sponsored mission trips.

Unity Presbyterian Mission trips:  A note from Tim Wheeler:  The enthusiasm of churches involved in our mission focus has been uplifting.  A school has been built and the children in the neighborhood are receiving classes there; two housing projects winded down and two new ones began.  One of the villages where we work is on the border with Guatemala and presents special logistical challenges, but the people there are very interested in being organized in smaller groups in which they work together on each other's house while learning the skills to do so.  The passing on of knowledge in this process is an important part of the focus… Our mission is to come alongside and give an opportunity to others in all circumstances, and not to pick and choose who and when someone will benefit.

Providence Presbytery Mission Trips provide an opportunity for members of Providence Presbytery churches to come together in fellowship and service to others. Traditionally, the Presbytery offers two kinds of mission trips: International and Stateside. Anyone attending a Providence Presbytery church is welcome to join the group. Application information is available online with due date information.

Contact Information:
Joyce Sullivan

Links:
http://providencepres.org/
https://secure1.heifer.org

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Blankets+

Blankets+ is a special mission opportunity for all ages.  Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. hold CWS Blankets+ events, providing funds to help people in need around the world, including the U.S. For over 60 years, Church World Service has worked in partnership with local communities to identify their needs and access the resources they need to build the foundation for a more viable future, including:

  • Blankets, tents, food and other emergency supplies in the wake of a disaster
  • Tools and seeds for refugees returning home to replant their fields
  • Wells for families living in drought prone areas to provide clean, safe water to drink and to irrigate crops and gardens
  • Literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential.

For more information about our Nutrition Center, please contact Steve Hardy or Anne Weeks by sending an email to Outreach.

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One Great Hour of Sharing

Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with those in need. Your generous gifts assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.

For more information about our Nutrition Center, please contact Steve Hardy or Anne Weeks by sending an email to Outreach.

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Christmas Joy Gift

Whether providing financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families or enabling deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools, your generous gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering will bring Good News of Great Joy to the poor in circumstance or spirit.

For more information about our Nutrition Center, please contact Steve Hardy or Anne Weeks by sending an email to Outreach.

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Prayer Partnership - Alma El Chaab Presbyterian Church

Unity is a “support” church for the Alma El Chaab Presbyterian Church in South Lebanon. This is not as a financial support but it is prayer partnership.  Our church (Unity) has become pen pals with Alma El Chaab with a strong focus being on praying for each other. We have been in communication with the Reverend Ameer Isaac and they are very enthusiastic about establishing this relationship. All ministries at Unity are involved in the communications with Alma El Chaab. We include prayers in support of the congregation of our partner. Their challenges are great in that they are a small community in a war torn area surrounded by Syria and Israel and we are sure one of their joys is that being in that region does not stop them from being Christians!  This ministry is on point for this partnership and are available to assist as needed with the communication preparation as well as sending the communication.

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Putting a Face on Syria: Hope Through Education

The Rock Hill Syria Working Group is a community group supported by several departments of Winthrop University, area church leaders, public educators, and concerned citizens in York County.  Through contacts with organizations in Syria and Lebanon, we are aware of schools that are educating both internally displace and refugee Syrian children in Lebanon. Please join us in response to this crisis by making a donation to support the education of Syrian children.  The Syrian Working group will co-sponsor the following events to raise community awareness about the historical, environmental, and cultural issues that have contributed to the current refugee crisis.  

You can help a Syrian child today!  A gift of $25 will help provide tuition and school supplies for ten days.The events below will raise money for this.  You may also may contributions.

To make contributions: Write checks to: Providence Presbytery (note for “Syrian school children”) and mail to 515 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730

This is Tina Manley's photo of Sara, 9, a Syrian refugee from Aleppo, who is learning to speak Turkish at the Olive Tree School in Istanbul,Turkey.

“Putting a Face on Syria” Series is sponsored by Providence Presbytery; Glocal Committee of the Providence Presbytery; The Winthrop University Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution Studies Program; the Winthrop University departments of History, Political Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies; and the Global Learning Initiative.  The flyer is available to download here.

September 15-November 17, 2016

Syrian Working Group Events

Thursday, September 15, 2016   11am
Winthrop University
West Center Lounge

“The Syrian Refugee Crisis” A New York Times Talk
Come and discuss a recent article about Syria from the New York Times. The article will be made public in advance. For more information, contact: Dr. Ginger Williams at williamsv@winthrop.edu.

Friday, September 23, 2016 6:30pm
Public Opening
Winthrop University Galleries
The Lewandowski Student Gallery in McLaurin Hall


“Putting a Face on Syria” Photo Exhibit
Tina Manley has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years. Her award-winning photographs have been published in National Geographic, British Heritage, Newsweek, and the Charlotte Observer. Her photos will be for sale to fun the Syrian education project.


Saturday, October 15, 2016 5-7pm
Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church
Activities Center
421 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill


Barbeque Benefit for Syrian Education
Tickets are 430 in advance or at the door. $25 from each ticket will go to the Syrian education project.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7pm
Dina’s Place Theatre
Winthrop University


“The Syrian Refugee Crisis Today”
Dr. Mary Mikhael, a Presbyterian born in Syria to Greek Orthodox parents, to address the on-going crisis in Syria. She is the past president of the Near East School of Theology (NEST) in Beirut, Lebanon.


Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:30pm
The Galilee Center
3601 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC


“The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Context”
Dr. Mary Mikhael, a Presbyterian born in Syria to Greek Orthodox parents, to address the on-going crisis in Syria. She is the past president of the Near East School of Theology (NEST) in Beirut, Lebanon.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 11am
Dina’s Place Theatre
Winthrop University


“Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst”
Bedrija Jazic fled her native Bosnia after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996. As the director of Refugee Services for Lutheran Services Carolinas, she brings to the position the kind of knowledge that can’t come from a class or a book.


Thursday, November 17, 2016 11am
Dina’s Place Theatre
Winthrop University


“Environmental Roots of the Syrian Crisis: Quantifying the Worst Drought in Centuries”
Mr. Bryan McFadden, Instructor of Geography, Winthrop University.


Questions: Dr. Ginger Williams, Winthrop University Department of History, 803-323-4680 Williams@winthrop.edu;Providence Presbytery, 803-328-6269; Helen Guinness Glocal Committee, 803-366-7029.

Contributions: Write checks to: Providence Presbytery (note for “Syrian school children”) and mail to 515 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730

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