Leisa Wagstaff – Leisa has been an educator for 30 years in Africa. As of July, 2013, she was called to a new position, working with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan. She works in primary and secondary schools in Jonglei and Upper Nile States. These two states are among the most underserved areas in South Sudan in terms of government support, provision of educational, health services, and police protection. She will help the school system establish a teacher-training program and develop logistical and curriculum plans.
Beisswenger’s – Philip and Bacilia Beisswenger are Mission Co-workers in Guatemala. Many of us know Philip when he was the pastor at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Philip and Bacilia work with the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala (IENPG) to help develop and support healthy, covenantal relationships with U. S. Presbyterians. Their work includes communication and interpretation, coordination of teams and delegations from the United States that visit Guatemala, visits to the PC(USA) by Guatemalan partners, and support for the Guatemala Mission Network. In their work, the Beisswengers draw upon their experience in the Middle Tennessee Presbytery’s partnership with the Presbiterio Kek’chí Petén in Guatemala. Philip helped begin this relationship in 2002. “I found that, while partnerships aren’t easy, they’re important in God’s mission to redeem the world,” he says. “As a partnership facilitator, I look for opportunities to strengthen all kinds of connections between churches and communities of our two countries.”
Trinity Hope – Bringing HOPE to the children of Haiti one bowl of beans and rice at a time. Trinity/HOPE raises money and administers programs to provide hot nutritious daily meals to the children, teachers and cooks in Christian schools in Haiti using established and successful processes. Their vision is “Bringing hope to the children of Haiti one bowl of beans and rice at a time.” Trinity/HOPE was founded by John Hall in 1999 as a result of a mission trip to Haiti. Trinity/HOPE began by instituting a feeding program in that school which in 1998 had 42 students. Trinity/HOPE now provides a daily meal for over 18,500 students, teachers and cooks in 90 schools throughout the country. Trinity/HOPE and the children it reaches have been blessed by God and through the generous sponsorships and donations of churches, civic groups, other organizations and individuals.
Operation Christmas Child – sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child demonstrates God’s love to hurting children in a tangible way by partnering with churches worldwide to deliver gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Stop Hunger Now – a meal-packaging ministry whose vision is “A world without hunger.” Stop Hunger Now created its meal-packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 29 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country. Last year we packaged 12,000 meals in partnership with New Creation Church.
Heifer International – a ministry who empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses. Last year, with the help of our kids in Vacation Bible School, we purchased half of an ark.