When the Rev. Victor H. Floyd traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border with a group from Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, he was prepared to encounter a lot of pain in refugees they would meet in U.S. detention facilities and migrant shelters in Tijuana.
He wasn’t prepared for Petter.
About 450,000 people have been evacuated from the area around the city of Goma in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo, where faith groups are working together to provide humanitarian aid for those impacted.
Balloons swayed in the air, children kicked their swings toward the sky, and laughter floated beyond the fence as congregants and friends of Second Presbyterian Church gathered on the church’s playground after one of its first in-person worship services in months.
After 10 years of ongoing war in Syria, the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) and the Presbyterian Church in Aleppo created the Children of the World Medical Center in Aleppo to address the scale, severity and complexity of the humanitarian needs in the country.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Mental Health Ministry and the Presbyterian Mental Health Network are encouraging churches to use the month of May to emphasize the importance of mental health.
When the 65th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women convened in March, the Presbyterian delegation included women from churches and mid councils from around the country, leaders from the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, and Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries.