Global Missions

"SAWADEE!"  (This means "Greetings!" in the Thai language).

After serving on the mission field from 1994-2005 in Nepal (where I was raised), my husband Andy, our two sons and I have lived in Thailand. We partner with the Christian Communications Institute (CCI), a Thai ministry which we highlight in the attached newsletter.  We have also assisted with other local ministries over our years here.  In terms of funding, we raise our support with the help of our sending agency, Interserve, whose US office is located in Upper Darby, PA (which happens to be where my father grew up!)  We are currently partners-in-mission with 17 churches and 24 individuals whose financial gifts enable us to serve in Thailand.

With special blessings at this Easter season,
Ellen, Andy & Jonathan Collins
(with Christopher in college in NC)
 

Among the deserving organizations supported by Trinity through the Global Missions Ministry is the Center for Development in Central America, located in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and CDCA works with the poorest of the people. Their goal is to work in partnership with communities and cooperatives to facilitate empowerment: enabling them to find their own solutions to the problems they identify and connecting them with resources to solve their problems. Their mission is to enable communities to become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities.

Working on-site since 1994, the five main areas in which CDCA works are sustainable agriculture, sustainable economic development, health care, education and appropriate technology. They work to connect Nicaraguans to others throughout the world with access to various resources.

Your Global Missions Ministry encourages you to learn more about this important work at the following web site: http://jhc-cdca.org/projects/

In the month of August, Trinity made the following donations through Global Missions:

  • Presbytery/Synod/General Assembly - $1,800
  • Young Life Nicaragua - $2,000

 

A letter dated June 12, 2009 has been received from the Turks and we are glad to inform you that they and their children, Robert and Frances are still safe and continuing their work there.

They write “as a result of the coup d’etat on March 17, Madagascar is suffering a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis. Many people have lost jobs. Prices of basic necessities are on the rise; more people are going hungry. Many cannot pay school fees, purchase needed medicines, or pay their rent. The African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is responsible for probably over 150,000 jobs, especially in the textile sector, is in jeopardy. The coup government has cracked down on people advocating a return to democracy and constitutional order by shooting unarmed protesters on repeated occasions, arresting leaders of the movement to restore legality, denying people the right to assemble and shutting down radio and TV stations. In addition, those protesting the coup are being terrorized by a special military unit that was set up expressly to arrest and interrogate political opponents. A number of the protest leaders are either in jail or in hiding. The coup government used tear gas on protesters again today 12 June 09. There does not appear to be a solution for a just and durable peace in sight.”

The Turks thank everyone for their continued prayers for the country and the people of Madagascar. They ask for God’s grace and power to sustain the people and the church.

The members of the Global Mission Ministry also ask everyone to pray for Dan and Elizabeth and their children and that they can discern God’s will for them in this trying period of their lives.

 

In 1988, Jim and Sarah Hornsby went to Nicaragua to begin a ministry to youth. Jim, a Presbyterian pastor and founder of Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua was invited to come by the pastor of the Nazarene Church, Catholic Church leaders, and CEPAD.

Jim and Sarah had previously worked with Young Life in the US for 14 years. Jim felt a strong call to work in Nicaragua, especially with marginalized youth.

While living in Matagalpa, a town in the mountainous region of the country, they contacted youth through English classes and sports. They looked for adults in those neighborhoods who could build Christ centered friendships with local youth. Gradually clubs were formed.  A club involves a weekly neighborhood gathering; open to all youth, with games, music, skits and a short Bible message. Each neighborhood where a club is formed has a Committee of Parents to aid in the work.  Following several years of groundwork, the Nicaraguan government approved the program as a non-profit religious foundation in 1999.

While in the US, Young Life works primarily with middle class high school youth, in Nicaragua they work with youth from “the bottom of the barrios.”  Each week they work with 1,000 high school age kids.  They have a good relationship with both the Catholic and Protestant churches within the country.  They have built a healthcare clinic, and bring in doctors and other healthcare workers from the US.

In addition to the clubs, Young Life operates a camp in the mountains, where the young people go for several days away from the overcrowded cities. Near the camp, 25 acres are set aside for growing coffee, which is sold to raise funds for the organization. The workers are paid a fair wage and are provided with housing and healthcare through the clinic. The coffee is sold in the US.

With an average age of 16 years, and as the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, there is a tremendous need for programs to help youth to prosper mentally, culturally and spiritually.

Following the Hornsby’s retirement in 2008, their place was taken by Danny and Ann Sharpe. At this time, the organization is trying to transition to a Nicaraguan-led organization. Many of you will remember Hollman Mendoza, the young man who spoke to us early last year. Hollman has recently been promoted to one of the National Director positions.

In 2012, Trinity’s Global Missions Ministry has contributed $2,000 to Young Life in Nicaragua.

Among the missionaries we sponsor through the Presbytery of Western North Carolina is Rebecca Young. Prior to her ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1998, Becca, as she in known to her friends, had a career in nutrition. From 1989 to 1993, she worked for Church World Service in Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, where she served as a nutritional consultant. Becca - yes, we are her friends - has a bachelor's degree, three master's degrees, and a doctorate. Her bachelor's degree is in psychology and international development from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has a master of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA; a master's degree in public health and nutrition from the University of North Carolina Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC; and both a master's of philosophy and a doctorate from Fordham University in New York, NY.

In July 2007, Becca was appointed to serve as Instructor of Systematic Theology at the Jakarta Theological Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, she has a part-time assignment with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance as a consultant for PDA's ongoing recovery work for the tsunami in Aceh Province of December 2004. Becca regularly writes interesting, and often amusing, accounts of her experiences in Indonesia. You can check these out on the Global Missions bulletin board.