In addition to our local outreach mission and ministry, which you can view on our Outreach page, we are partnering with the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the PC(USA) in two of their mission activities, as summarized on the two tab pages below.
PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION GLOBAL INITIATIVE:
EDUCATE A CHILD, TRANSFORM THE WORLD
As Presbyterians, we are called to address the root cause of global poverty by providing safe access to quality education for one million children by 2020.
Working with our global partners and U.S. congregations, we are helping provide quality education by:
First Presbyterian Church is a partner congregation in the Congo Mission Network, with a specific focus on Build Congo Schools.
As such, we support Congolese Presbyterian churches who currently manage over 900 primary and secondary schools. Congo’s pervasive poverty means that 80 percent of the school buildings are in very poor condition. Provery also prevents schools from providing books, desks, and equipment like chalkboards, scholarships for orphans and girls and teacher training.
Build Congo Schools (BCS) – formerly known as the Congo Education Excellence Project – began in 2009. BSC aims to improve the quality of primary and secondary education in the Congo by focusing in five areas:
For more information: buildcongoschools.org
The congregation is pleased to support and encourage one of our own church family members, Julia Thorn, as a Young Adult Volunteer Program of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. presbyterianmission.org/ministries/yav/
Julia currently serves in the Los Angeles area, through a partner program, Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR). doornetwork.org/losangeles
The DOOR program is a Christian mission agency that aligns with several values of the YAV program. As a dweller, someone who volunteers with the DOOR program for a year, she will live in a simplistic and intentional Christian community in the neighborhoods where she serves as a volunteer. Julia and her fellow dwellers not only serve as volunteers in different agencies, they also regularly take time for reflection on what God is doing and teaching them. An
important emphasis in the DOOR program, and for Julia especially, is spiritual discernment, learning where is God calling her now and the future.
When asked about her assignment in Los Angeles, Julia offers this...
One of the biggest problems LA faces is homelessness. As dwellers we encounter this on a daily level by volunteering at agencies that address homelessness. I work at People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) four times a week. At PATH, I am doing outreach, which entails walking the streets of LA with a team and providing them with information about PATH. As well as working at PATH, the fellow dwellers and I are responsible for hosting neighborhood hours at La Casa de La Comunidad (the house of the community). All of the dwellers live in La Casa as a way to be included in the community, and for two nights a week we offer neighborhood hours where the kids from the neighborhood can come and do homework or hangout. To me, the neighborhood hours are one of my favorite parts about my year of service. Youth is one of my favorite populations to work with, but I find meaning in all my service this year. There are some days when it is harder than others, but overall I know I am exactly where God wants me to be.
Follow Julia's YAV year at: throughtheyesofayav.blogspot.com