We believe it is our purpose to dispense funds and support programs, activities and initiatives which address compassion, evangelism, and justice for those we hope to help at the local, national and international levels. We will attempt to work in conjunction with and follow the guidelines provided by our Presbytery, Synod and Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
The three legs of Presbyterian mission ministry:
Compassion- Caring for the needy
Evangelism- Sharing God's love in word and deed
Justice- Ending oppressive systems which prolong racial, social and economic disadvantages
Christmas for Kids
For over 20 years, our congregation has been supporting families through our Christmas for Kids program. Shoppers head out to purchase clothing and gifts for local children, using requests from the identified families. All together, many children will have a happier Christmas because of gifts from our church.
Large bags filled with gifts are delivered to families from North Lakeland School, Camp Jorn, the Mercer Food Pantry, and to some church families.
We always have plenty of willing shoppers, showing the enthusiasm of congregation members for this long-time mission project.
This project kicks off in mid-November, with gifts due back to church the first week of December.
Saludos a todos! Greetings to all!
hope that this email finds you and yours in good health and looking forward to better days as Covid-19 vaccines get distributed and Spring continues to warm things up.
It’s been a while since my last update. Unfortunately, we will not be able to schedule our Guatemala Service Learning Trip this May, as we’d hoped. Here is an update from Pura Vida’s Executive Director, Mark Ely:
In an effort to continue our mission work in Guatemala, as well as provide much-needed employment for our Guatemalan construction crews, we currently have several Virtual Work Trips scheduled for this year. The best part is – anyone can participate!
Check it out at:
Here is a cool time-lapse video from our current Virtual Trip, building a home for Valentina. For those of you who have not met Valentina, she is the director of the Nutrition Center in Lemoa, Guatemala, where many of our students and their families live.
With vaccines rolling out, we hope to be able to send work teams down in early 2022. Until then, think about joining us for a Virtual Work Trip. You will receive updates, photos and videos throughout the construction project. The next best thing to being there, as they say.
Thanks for your continued support!
Pura Vida Missions
The mission of Pura Vida is to facilitate the sharing of resources with communities in Guatemala in a meaningful, respectful, and long term way. Our primary focus is on providing educational opportunities for children in rural villages through scholarships, tutoring, and support of local schools. We encourage others to work with us as we give our time, knowledge, and resources to help poor rural communities attain a standard of living in which their children can thrive.
Servv Fair Trade Market
We support Servv and Fair Trade Merchandise
One of the first fair trade organizations in the world, Serrv International began its mission by helping displaced European refugees trade their handcrafts for income after the Second World War. Since then, we've extended our reach to 25 countries worldwide, working to empower over 8,000 artisans and farmers every year by selling their beautiful handcrafts.
Money generated from the market is managed by the church missions team and supports local, national and international mission initiatives.