FIRST CHURCH FOOD PANTRY
Please consider a special gift to the First Church Food Pantry. Our requests for food have increased. A gift of cash or any non-perishable food item (examples: peanut butter, jelly, tuna, rice, hearty soup, beef stew, canned vegetables or fruit, juice, cereal, powdered milk) will enable First Presbyterian Church to continue helping at a time when the need is greater than has ever before experienced. Food items can be placed in the baskets located in the narthex, by the elevator or dropped off at the church office.
When: June 30th-July 7th 2018
What: This is a cross-cultural opportunity to work with an indigenous Presbyterian Church in Chiapas, the Southern-most state of Mexico. We work in partnership with Hebron USA which supports Rev. Pablo Feliciano Cruz and his wife Jan in their mission work in Chiapas. The linchpin of the work of Hebron USA in Chiapas is building relationships. The primary relationship is that of mission travelers with Jesus Christ and it is through the active living out of loving one’s neighbor as one loves oneself by heeding the call of Jesus to “follow me” that this relationship is strengthened. We go to build relationships across cultural lines by working with, worshiping with, eating with and living in and around our Tzeltal brothers and sisters in Christ.
Why Chiapas? The needs of this world are great. The tendency is to think that problems of social inequities and social justice, education, hunger, etc. are so vast that nothing we do will make a difference. The truth is that God calls us to action and demands of us that we do something. He does not call us to act everywhere but surely calls us to act somewhere. Some are called to service in Portsmouth or Hampton, some to serve in New Orleans. Some, however, are called to foreign lands. All are called as disciples to work to bring the kingdom into being. The question might properly be asked “why not Chiapas?”
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner family style. Some meals to include Tzeltal brothers.
- Construction work 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.
- Afternoon Bible school for children three days.
- Worship services two-three times in Tzeltal churches. One elder from the group will preach at each service. Group to sing one-two songs for congregation.
- Devotional time.
- Free day at end of week: potential options include Toniná (the Mayan ruins south of Ocosingo) and San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Spanish colonial city near Tuxtla founded in 1528).
What does the trip cost?
Airfare: estimated $850 per traveler
Fee to Hebron: $500 per traveler
For more information please contact Randy DuVall, Director of Missions firstname.lastname@example.org
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