Medical Benevolence Fund
Haiti and Mexico
Elim Christian School
Presbyterian Church of
East Africa - Kenol, Kenya
Justo Mwale Theological
University and College
Mr. John Fletcher
Congo Pouch, c/o Africa Area Office
100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY
Democratic Republic of the Congo
International Student Ministries
Salvador and Irma are a doctor-nurse team who have extensive teaching and clinical experience at hospitals and universities in Mexico, Haiti, Kenya and Zambia. Salvador is a consultant to the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHOK), the overarching agency for all Christian hospitals, including three hospitals of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA). He helps medical institutions improve their management systems. Salvador is also the project manager for the U.S. government-sponsored assistance program for people with HIV/AIDS. In this role, Salvador makes sure that patients with HIV get the drugs and the equipment necessary for anti-retroviral therapy for HIV. Irma helps the PCEA set up primary schools and builds community leadership.
Christian schooling and hygiene training for nursery through grade 4 at present, with hopes of adding 1 grade each year through grade 8. This is a mission school for children who would have no other options for school. It is run by a school committee from Elim PCEA Church with oversight from Irma and Salvador de la Torre and with monetary support from FPC Goldsboro, NC and others. The relationship between FPC and Elim PCEA Church was begun in 2004 when a mission team from Goldsboro with The Presbyterian Outreach Foundation worked alongside Elim church members helping to build a corrugated metal sanctuary for Elim Church. In 2005, a Nursery class that met in the completed sanctuary was the beginning of Elim Christian School.
Well-trained pastors who can faithfully proclaim the Scriptures is a growing need in southern Africa, and it drew the Ellingtons to Justo Mwale Theological College. This new assignment comes after serving for five years in theological education in Egypt. "I would like to make an impact through investing myself in current and future leaders of the church in Zambia and surrounding countries," Dustin says. "As I teach people to interpret Scriptures for themselves and their ministries, my goal is to give them a skill that can make a difference in keeping them encouraged and sustained in their ministries."
In January 2009, John and Gwenda Fletcher were appointed to serve with the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) in the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo. John works with the Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai (IMCK), helping the staff build and maintain a unified network of all the CPC's mission hospitals. Although John's primary surgical responsibilities are at the Good Shepherd Hospital, his broader charge is to work with the CPC medical director in support of the CPC medical program. He teaches medical residents, medical students and nursing students at the IMCK and other mission hospitals. Gwenda fills a position that World Mission has long been recruiting for: education consultant. She works with the CPC, helping the church with teacher training, administration and community involvement.
The Gideons International started distributing the Word of God in 1908. Today, we have more than 290,000 members-and an untold number of supporters-in more than 190 countries across the globe. These dedicated individuals give their time and money to make it possible for others to learn about the love of God by giving them access to His Word. In fact, we have placed or distributed more than 1.6 billion Bibles and New Testaments around the world . . . and counting.
The Gilmore's ministry is friendship evangelism with different foreign student populations who are studying at universities in Northern Colorado. Many of the foreign students, and their wives who accompany them, feel very isolated in a new culture. Jane and Tad do one on one tutoring, facilitate conversation groups, to introduce them to our culture and practice English in a safe environment, host Bible studies in their home and hold many fun events throughout the year. Added to this, they enlist American Families to become Friendship families for the visiting scholars. The Gilmore's experiences living in other countries has equipped them in a special way for this particular ministry. They have previously served as PCUSA medical missionaries in Africa and Nepal. Tad is a retired general surgeon. Jane is a Bible teacher and language tutor.