Worldwide day of giving supports varied Presbyterian ministries
by Pat Cole | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — In the wake of the holiday shopping surges of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a daylong celebration of giving will make its appearance tomorrow.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is one of thousands of organizations around the world, including many faith-based groups, that will take part in #GivingTuesday. A PC(USA)#GivingTuesday webpage presents several opportunities to support Presbyterian Mission.
By clicking on a giving option, you begin the process of strengthening Presbyterian ministries that change lives across the United States and around the world. Here are some examples of the impact of gifts to Presbyterian Mission:
- Communities in Guatemala are enjoying improved nutrition due to crop diversification and are no longer experiencing deadly mudslides because erosion-preventing trees were planted.
- Lives that were devastated by Hurricanes Florence and Michael are being rebuilt and work has begun in California to help survivors of the wildfires.
- In South Sudan, a country reeling from poverty and violence, mission co-workers and South Sudanese partners are helping more children gain access to education and facilitating ministries of peacebuilding.
- A New Worshiping Community in Georgia, composed mostly of African immigrants, is providing tutoring and enrichment for refugee children from around the world.
- People detained in jail for minor offenses because they lacked the money to post bail are being given freedom and a chance to rebuild their lives.
- Thousands of Presbyterians, shaped by their experiences in ministries such as the Youth Triennium and the Young Adult Volunteer program, are leaders in congregations, mid councils and the national church.
#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a community and cultural center in New York City. It is described by its organizers as “a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.” It is “fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.”
Last year the movement reached into more than 150 countries. The PC(USA) began participating in #GivingTuesday four years ago.
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