Medical Benevolence Fund
Haiti and Mexico
Elim Christian School
Presbyterian Church of
East Africa - Kenol, Kenya
Justo Mwale Theological
University and College
Congo Pouch, c/o Africa Area Office
100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY
Democratic Republic of the Congo
International Student Ministries
Mwandi UCZ Agricultural Project
Mwandi Christian Hospital
Rev. Philip Prasad
Mrs. Elizabeth Prasad
4717 N. Barton Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
Uttar Pradesh, India
Dr. Larry Sthreshley
Mrs. Inge Sthreshley
c/o Office for Central & West Africa
100 Witherspoon St.
Louisville, KY 40402
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Church of Scotland Missionaries
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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.
A farming program, founded and managed by Ruairidh Waddell, which supports self-subsistence for the village. Poultry, pigs, dairy cows, organic fish and vegetables as well as local employment are provided through this project.
The Mwandi Christian Hospital is located in the village of Mwandi, on the Zambezi River, midway between Livingstone and Sesheke, in the southwest corner of Zambia. The hospital is a mission of the United Church of Zambia, which has been assisted in this work by the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Medical Benevolence Foundation, and Medical Missions, Inc. of Columbia, South Carolina. In addition, a management team, operating out of the Thyatira Presbyterian Church at Mill Bridge, Salisbury, N.C., provides leadership and logistical support, and guides the fund raising efforts for the hospital community.
This powerful ministry is focused on the Dalit (Untouchable) people of Northern India. The believers who make up the Rural Presbyterian Church of India now number 270,286 in 6,624 villages. During 1999 over 63,000 new believers became part of this church. Evangelism, education and economic development are the cornerstone issues for Witnessing Ministries for Christ. Children who would otherwise face a life of hopelessness are given the opportunity for education. Untouchable adults are helped to start businesses that remove them from the cycle of poverty into which they were born. The Gospel of Jesus Christ sets them free from oppression. Untouchables are being called and trained as pastors and evangelists. Of the 552 pastors, the Rural Presbyterian Church supported 212. The remaining 340 are supported by Witnessing Ministries for Christ. The primary work of this mission project is evangelism, meeting human needs, education, social justice and peacemaking.
Larry is director of Project AXxes, a large, rural health organization that maintains a health infrastructure for rural Congo. He heads a team of 50 people that has an impact on the health of 8 million people- fighting malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition, and childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and respiratory infection. Inge has been responsible for the renovation of revitalization of a guesthouse that serves mission co-workers traveling to the capital city and as a venue for conferences. The Sthreshleys have served with the PC(USA) for over 20 years in Africa, mostly in Congo.
Keith serves as a teacher in the school at Mwandi as well as an Elder in the UCZ Church at Mwandi. Ida is a nurse who serves as mission support in the hospital at Mwandi. Her primary responsibility is working with the HIV AIDS treatment and prevention program. Her main emphasis is in the maternal-child health program that focuses on a formula feeding program designed to prevent transmission of the AIDS virus from mother to child in child birth and in the first two years of life for the child.
Worldwide Christian Schools (WWCS) is a non-denominational, evangelical ministry whose mission is to assist other responsible Christian organizations in developing Christ-centered schools throughout the world. Our vision is to ensure that all children have access to Christ-centered education. We work through nationally-led partners to establish, maintain and expand Christ-centered schools wherever they are needed most, primarily in the developing world.