Through PWS&D, Presbyterians across Canada are demonstrating God’s love in some of the most vulnerable corners of our global community.
Here are four amazing initiatives that are having an impact in a world filled with need.
A Dinner for Africa Relief
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Markham, Ont. held a pancake dinner in support of relief efforts for African countries facing conflict and hunger due to weather-related disaster. The congregation’s gifts totalling $400 will help provide humanitarian relief for families in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia.
High school students at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, Ont. spent four weeks learning about global hunger and the ways PWS&D responds to help restore food security. Each Sunday during the four-week study, the youth prepared and served soup after service, accepting a free will donation to support the Sunday School Challenge Farming for the Future, which helps families in rural Guatemala grow more and better food to eat. The youth raised $200 which was matched by a member of the congregation, for a total of $1,216.
Munchies for Mission
Cupcakes, cookies and other treats tempted members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Markham at their bake sale fundraiser for PWS&D last May. The congregation raised over $850 for PWS&D’s Sunday School Challenge Opening Classroom Doors—enough to help two children receive a full year of education, brightening their prospects for the future.
Tweens Take Action for Girls’ Education
In June, the youth of Erindale Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont. wrapped up a year of fundraising in support of girls’ education in Afghanistan. From running a breakfast fundraiser to a walk-a-thon, the compassionate youth worked hard to help empower marginalized girls to achieve their academic goals—and collected over $2,000 for the project. “We can change many people’s lives for the better,” shares 11-year-old Azlan McAuliffe. “This year has been a great experience for all of us and we hope to take on another mission soon.”
In response to God’s call to act, Presbyterians are making a difference—thank you for all that you do!
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