Use this card as you pray for mission co-worker Leslie Vogel. This card includes a photo and overview of her work. Leslie is an intercultural encounters facilitator with the Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies of Central America (CEDEPCA). She helps CEDEPCA provide people from the US with opportunities that enable them to work alongside Guatemalans and experience everyday life in the country. It’s a position that draws on her passion to build relationships with people who are suffering, marginalized, and seeking justice and offer them presence, accompaniment, and solidarity. “My sense of call has always been expressed best by the Hebrew prophet Micah (6:8): ‘What does God require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’” Leslie says. “This call has challenged and nurtured my soul by leading me to serve as a bridge between peoples and cultures.”
Use this card as you pray for mission coworkers Jeremy and Luta Garbat-Welch. This card includes a photo and overview of their work. Luta serves as a community health facilitator in Malawi, where she is based, and in four other African countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Zambia. She helps African partners develop sustainable community health programs. Jeremy, a clinically-trained hospital chaplain, shares his expertise with Presbyterian clergy in Malawi. “We are called to serve God by living holistic lives of faith and health, and sharing God’s message of wholeness to others,” they write. “We hope that through our lives and work that we will help others live lives of wholeness and healing for others and the world.”
Use this card as you pray for mission co-workers Brian and Sandi Thompson-Royer. This card includes a photo and overview of their work. Brian and Sandi will work with the women’s organization of the National Presbyterian Church of Guatemala in its efforts to empower women. They will facilitate leadership development and will help nurture relationships between Guatemalan women and Presbyterian women in the United States. Sandi believes “miracles can happen” when women take leadership roles in families, churches, and communities. “I am a quiet leader, strong networker, and collaborator, bringing people’s strengths and abilities together for goodness,” she says. Brian adds that he
wants his service to encourage “brothers and sisters to grow in their peaceful walk of faith and in their capacity to love one another and themselves.”
Use this card as you pray for Mission co-workers Myoung Ho Yang and Ji Yeon Yoo. Myoung Ho is professor of liturgical studies and sacred music at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, a part of the Chinese University in Hong Kong. Ji Yeon supports him in this ministry. Their service is in response to a call to international mission that each of them sensed several years ago in their native South Korea. “It is our vision that the people in the world know and worship God, acknowledging God as their Creator, Redeemer, and Lord,” they write. “We believe that we are called to serve in this vision by proclaiming the word of God, sharing the love of God, and preparing pastors and missionaries through a ministry of teaching.”
Use this card as you pray for Mission co-worker Rev. Kate Taber. As a mission specialist in Israel-Palestine, I serve in ministry alongside Palestinian Christians, while helping US Presbyterians engage with their lives and ministry. I pray that they might provide solidarity to a population of Christians who feel forgotten by the rest of the world, because of their status as a religious minority and because of the particular struggles they face as ethnic Palestinians. I pray that our denomination will be an outspoken advocate for a peace that provides security and justice for all people. Finally, I pray that through my ministry in this place, US Presbyterians will see how God is working in Israel-Palestine and find ways to participate in that work.
Use this card as you pray for Mission co-worker Rebecca K. Lawson. The card includes a photo of her and an overview of her work. Becca helps the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) develop and nurture partnerships between the UCCP and other churches, non-governmental organizations, and people organizations. At the grassroots level, she assists the church in its advocacy for the human rights of all Filipinos. Working with others, the church engages in issues such as poverty, stewardship of creation, forced migration, the rights of indigenous peoples, gender justice, and unjust land development. “God has called us to announce the good news for the poor and release to the captives,” Becca says. “At the same time, the poor, marginalized and oppressed summon us to live and act in solidarity with them.”
Use this card as you pray for mission coworkers Lynn and Sharon Kandel. This card includes a photo and overview of their work. Lynn and Sharon are working alongside the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan (PCOSS) doing logistical work to build and rebuild school buildings, help organize a teacher training project, and assist with reporting on a peace and reconciliation project for our South Sudanese partners. They also support other mission co-workers in South Sudan with logistical needs. “We are praying that the education aspect of our work will help improve the rate of women and young girls entering school. With education, there comes the possibility of better jobs, better ...
Each year, on a Sunday in Lent, Presbyterians celebrate the ministry of Self-Development of People, a ministry of the One Great Hour of Sharing. This year, SDOP Sunday is on March 15; this resource provides materials to help you interpret the ministry of SDOP in your congregation.
A powerpoint presentation compiled by Rebecca Barnes from notes, research, and personal experience on the Lima, Peru study-action trip with Presbyterian Hunger Program to Lima, Peru in December 2014.
Below you will find Mid Council Ministries' brochure (PDF) that features our staff listing and contact information.
Ministry Information Form, downloadable PDF version.
Personal Information Form (PIF) in PDF format.
Community of the Beloved - The Community of the BeLoved helps those struggling with food insecurity in Asheville, North Carolina.
New Orleans Delta - Projects in New Orleans prove that we can do more when we work together - just ask the partnership of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. This minute for mission highlights the work these ministry areas are doing together in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Survivor Art Camp - Self-Development of People and Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind are learning the value of working together to "see" a much brighter future.
The Waters of Hope - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance partners with water projects to bring a community together after disastrous drought.
Use the Tree of Hope activity sheet to encourage participation by your congregation in the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.
This calendar will help your congregation learn about offering distribution and scheduling for 2015.
Use this study guide with The Giver by Lois Lowry
Use this study guide with Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Learn about the structure, committees, officers and meetings of Presbyterian Women at the churchwide level.
These bylaws were adopted on July 16, 2009, then revised on July 20, 2012 and again in November 2014.
If you are approved for a 2015 PW CSW leadership development grant, which will be disbursed AFTER the event, you must turn in your receipts for reimbursable expenses, along with a completed expense reimbursement form, in order to receive grant monies as reimbursement for your expenses. Download the PDF version of the form here.