As disciples of Christ we are called to contribute our gifts and resources in our world.
MALAWI MISSION Hi-Lites (Nov.20th)
We saw God working in mighty and powerful ways throughout our time in beautiful Malawi.
Our hearts were broken, but also uplifted and inspired. Broken by seeing needless hunger, drought and staggering poverty...but uplifted by the joyful resilience of the people of Malawi, and inspired by the kind of grassroots development that is empowering local leadership to transform their communities in lasting and sustainable ways.
The purpose of this mission was: to Learn, to Fellowship, to Encourage, and God showed up in all circumstances to make this happen.
Just some of the highlights:
- Visiting us our dear friend Efrida, who, though in ill health, was overjoyed to see us - to meet her grandson Duwanga who is now a pastor and leading the children at Efrida's orphanage that is still caring for and feeding up to 150 children per day
- Visiting and singing with the youth at the Chirwa reformatory - being thanked for our caring and kindness that "reminded them of their parents, that they have not seen for many years"
- Being joyfully received by remote church plant communities, and worshipping with them, led by Pastor Moses and his team of pastors
- Teaching the "Alpha program" basics to 24 eager and faith-filled pastors in the Word of Grace community
- Listening to, and learning from Pastor Moses' inspiring and Spirit-filled preaching at Word of Grace and his remote church plants
- Communion with Word of Grace community (held only twice per year), including all pastors and choirs - hundreds of people sharing the sacrament together
- Visiting the parched land of the future irrigation project planned for the Bimbi community
- Seeing the "Learning Village" and "Watershed project" being led by community leaders aided by Emmanuel International
- Learning how widows in remote communities live and care for each other, as part of EI's "Widows Welfare Group"
- Learning about, and seeing the hope-filled plans, and growing successes of Prison Fellowship's Half Way House led by our dear friend Rodrick Zalimba
- Daily devo's with Rodrick and his staff at the beautiful chapel of the Half Way House
- Helping the staff of the PFM Deli -to learn cake-decorating, new recipes, and basic business skills to help the Deli be successful, and provide sustainable income to the Half-Way House
- Teaching and discussing business skills and entrepreneurship, as the residents prepared to leave the Half Way House to become successful contributors to their communities
- Seeing the improved conditions of the Ntcheu prison, led by Prison Fellowship Ministries
- Gaining a greater understanding of the consequences/effects of years of drought and devastating flooding -the starvation, the lack of water of its' dire effects on everyday life
We are so grateful to have witnessed the way God is present and working through people everywhere in the country. The needs are overwhelming, but the dedication, patience, faith, hope and love of the people we were fortunate to meet is POWERFUL! And has taught us so much.
Zikomo kwambiri Malawi.
Knox Church contributes to Presbyterians Sharing, the national church fund that supports the national office and the overall mission of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Every congregation across Canada commits to give a suggested allocation from their Presbytery (Waterloo-Wellington) each year and these contributions are pooled at the national church offices and distributed to all of the ministries.
The ministries include mission staff at home and around the world, inner city, aboriginal peoples and refugees, and theological colleges.
For further information on all ministries, please click on: http://presbyterian.ca/ministry/
March 2017 Update
The accepted allocation by Knox Church for Presbyterians Sharing in 2017 is $35,147.00
Presbyterian World Service & Development is responsible for development, emergency and refugee needs around the world.
PWS&D works with partners such as local churches and organizations around the world to educate and help overcome poverty as well as to respond to emergency situations.
PWS&D raises funding from Presbyterian churches, individuals, government matching funds. Thanks to their partners at Canadian Foodgrains Bank and ACT Alliance, PWS&D is able to greatly expand their reach and coverage in response to emergency situations.
Individuals and congregations can get involved in many ways to help.
Check out the work of PWS&D at: http://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/resources-2/
July 1 : Presbyterians Join Interfaith Appeal to End Famines in Four Countries: South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen
August 8, 2017: Responding to the Wildfires in British Columbia
As wildfires remain active in British Columbia, please pray for affected communities and first responders. Donations may be made to PWS&D in support of physical and emotional recovery for those impacted by the fires. You may give through your weekly offering (please mark your offering, "PWS&D -- BCFires", donate on line at http://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/2017/07/18/bc-wildfires/ , or call 1-800-619-7301 and donate over the phone via credit card.
You Can Help!
We need your help! Help change lives for the better at home and around the world! Please save your nickels (or pennies if you still have some) all year and pray for peace and reconciliation as you do so for The Fellowship of the Least Coin. The Mission Committee will collect your nickels in September. These will be taken to the Ingathering Service for all the churches in Guelph in October.
What Does The Fellowship of the Least Coin Do?
It is amazing what Least Coins are able to accomplish in the world. God uses them for God’s plan of life for the world.
Funds are collected nationally/regionally. People in 80 countries participate in prayer and saving the least coin of their country.
As contributions annually come in, Grants are distributed through the International Committee for the Fellowship of the Least Coin to individual project.
The Committee supports opportunities for:
- awareness-raising and/or education for women on gender issues;
- programs on literacy, health, social concerns and leadership development
- promoting justice, peace and reconciliation in families, communities and the environment; and
- gathering women to meet ecumenically, regionally, nationally and worldwide.
For more information on this organization and their projects, please click on: http://www.flc.net.ph/
The Mission Committee