Missions Ministry
Kay Krans-Elder
Our purpose:

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 are 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 will be 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.  

Guatemala Highlands

The Manitowish Waters Community Presbyterian Church continues its work in the Highlands of Guatemala, changing lives for children and families in rural, war-torn villages.  In partnership with Pura Vida Ministries since 2012, our congregation has helped build 13 homes, 8 chicken coops, 6 classrooms, a school kitchen, school security wall, helped paint a nutrition center and has supported 4 English Camps.

 

Many of the homes and classrooms were originally built from cornstalks.  Thanks to the support of our members, families and students now have homes and schools with sturdy walls and roofs. 

Our trips include a visit to one of the village schools for a morning of activities with the children.  This is without a doubt a highlight of our time in Guatemala.  Teams also take time to visit local Mayan ruins, experience the renowned Chichi Market, and spend a day in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua.  Several teams have taken a morning to explore the villages surrounding beautiful Lake Atitlan.  Being immersed in the beauty of Guatemala and the rich Mayan culture is a wonderful experience.  Most important, it’s a life-changing occasion to work with families and community members creating sustainable changes in their villages.

Student Sponsorship is a vital part of Pura Vida’s work in Guatemala.  T

 

Those of us on the team who are sponsoring a student's education meet with our students and their family. It’s humbling to receive their gratitude, for their opportunity to attend school far outweighs the amount we give. Our sponsorship ($42.00 each month) equates to our having a nice dinner out once a month, yet it pays for their tuition, uniform, books and supplies, and in some cases supports the family who is losing a 'wage earner' during the child's schooling. Many students and their families travel a great distance at their own expense to meet and thank us for enabling them to get an education.

 

Would you be interested in joining us for a trip to Guatemala?  Our teams are made up of all ages and abilities.  No previous experience is needed. Upcoming Trips led by MWCPC member Janie Williams include:

 

Key 2020 Dates:

 

May 16-24, 2020, 3rd Annual Midwest Construction Trip sponsored by Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, MI

 

July 17-26, 2020,  7th Annual English Camp Trip (no prior teaching experience necessary.

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
Why support Servv?

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.

What is 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.

How do we use the Proceeds?

Money generated from the market is managed by the church missions  team and  supports  local, national and international mission initatives..