Hope-filled gift cards
By Jessica Reid
It was a moment of surprise that brought Dave Moore, executive director of Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, to tears on stage during the morning plenary on Saturday, July 21.
It was then that he learned that Presbyterian Women donated $39,250.15 (and counting!) in gift cards and money to aid the work of Beth-El Farmworker Ministry. David, who has been the Executive Director of Beth-El for seven years, crossed his arms over this heart in thanks as he soaked in the good news. He had just been speaking about the mission and ministry of Beth-El, noting that the organization couldn't do so much without the help of Presbyterian Women.
“It is our hope you’ll find ways to use these funds to attend to the spiritual, medical, and emotional needs of those who are toiling in the farms,” Martha Pool, a member of Gathering Planning Team, said during the presentation of the gifts. “Take these gifts and be a blessing to the farmworkers.” Gathering attendees had been invited to bring $20 gift cards from retail chains operating in Florida to give flexible spending to people served by Beth-El.
The crowd then joined together in a blessing and dedication of the donation.
Presbyterian Women’s support of Beth-El began with a Birthday Offering grant to fund the expansion of the worship area in the main campus, which can now hold up to 250 people for services. In addition to these two financial gifts, Presbyterian Women continues to advocate for immigration reforms and farmworker rights, which are at the root of Beth-El’s work.