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

Members of St. Andrew’s Markham gather for a pancake dinner in support of PWS&D.

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.

“Soup-er” Generosity

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

St. Andrew’s Markham hosts a bake sale in support of PWS&D.

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.”

Youth at Erindale Presbyterian Church present PWS&D staff with a cheque, representing the grand total of their fundraising efforts.

In response to God’s call to act, Presbyterians are making a difference—thank you for all that you do!

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