Reaching Out in Partnership
Today we live in a global village, where we are called to reach out in partnership to those in need around the world. Nacoochee Presbyterian responds to the call through global missions in Guatemala, Indonesia and Nicaragua. We also provide financial support for a number of ministries of the Presbyterian Church.
We work in partnership with the Christian Mam Women for Development, an association of women from 36 villages in the western highlands of Guatemala. With over 500 members, the Association manages a small loan program for poor women, has a weekend school in primary and secondary education, has a one-year training program in sewing, and provides maternity and child health support in remote areas unserved by government health services. In response to the Association's request, our church leads and supports an annual workshop on a subject of their choosing. Topics range from micro-finance to self-esteem, environmental sustainability to the mental health issues that result from dealing with poverty, abuse, abandonment and trauma. NPC’s endowment fund supports these workshops and contributes additional funds for clinics, schools and homes damaged by earthquake and other natural disasters.
Nicaragua with Amigos for Christ
Individuals from NPC participate regularly in Amigos for Christ, based in Buford, Georgia. Projects include service trips to Nicaragua to dig water distribution systems and build schools, houses and feeding centers. NPC members have also tended the Amigos farm in Nicaragua to grow food for schoolchildren, and have worked with women to develop a paper beading microenterprise. From here at home, opportunities have included securing chool furniture, supporting small business opportunities through purchase of Bead Amigas jewelry made from paper beads, and sponsorship of students for secondary and university education. For more information about Amigos, visit www.amigosforchrist.org/
Presbyterian Church Ministries
Our work includes annual participation in One Great Hour of Sharing, a PC USA
program targeting world hunger and providing relief for disaster victims, the
PC USA's Peacemaking Offering, and Pentecost Offering for children at risk. We
also support a number of co-workers and partners in the worldwide mission of the
church, including Dr. Rebecca Young and others. In addition, we support the Northeast
Georgia Presbytery's Mexico Work Mission. The contact is The Rev. Ford F. G'Segner,
Congregational Development/Global Mission Resource