Thusanang Care Group
Thusanang Care GroupThe Thusanang (translation = help one another) Care Group was started in 1986 in Winterveldt, an extremely poor area in South Africa and home to 500,000 people with no running water or electricity. Unemployment is extremely high. And the homes are made of mud brick or corrugated iron shacks. 
 
This ministry provides food parcels to about 800 families in this area that are completely destitute. Most families consisting of grandparents, parents and a number of children are completely without income. Some of the people in this area earn a small amount of money by sorting garbage for recycling. The care group also provides the women with lessons in basic health and young men and women are offered training in Red Cross First Aid and basic home care. It also supplements the food parcels by helping the people of Winterveldt to become a little more independent by teaching them to make small gardens that will yield vegetables within 6 weeks of seeds being sown. 
 
Food parcels contain maize meal, soy mice, sugar beans, brown sugar, and powdered milk, providing the basic food necessities for a family of four for one month. Each parcel costs about $10 U.S. 
 
At WFPC we ask our members to prayerfully consider making donations that are sent to these South African families. A check of just $60 can help to feed a family of four for six months! We also collect donations for this hunger ministry through our Sunday School classes – helping to create awareness among our adults and children of this part of the world that is in such great need. Also through our Sunday School classes, our WFPC children have started to correspond with the African children of Winterveldt, who have responded with moving notes of appreciation for our help. This is a year-round, ongoing ministry. 

 

Sally and Charlie Gadd | charliegadd@yahoo.com 

 

Presbyterian Missionaries

Presbyterian Mission AgencyWFPC currently helps to support three dedicated servants through the Presbyterian Mission Agency.   They are Alan and Ellen Smith who serve in Germany, Russia and Belarus and Rev. Janet Guyer who serves in the Republic of South Africa.  More information about their ministries, to read their blogs or to donate to their support can be found at the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

 

Presbyterian Church (USA) Special Offerings

PCUSAWake Forest Presbyterian is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) which traces its history back to pre-Revolutionary War times.  Currently, we are a denomination of 1.75 million members in 16 synods; 173 presbyteries and just over 10,000 congregations.  For more than 200 years, Presbyterians have remained unwavering in this one conviction: Jesus is Lord (1 Cor. 12:3). All power, truth, and salvation rest with God alone. Today, millions of people worldwide worship in Presbyterian churches; they gather as a grateful and loved people, eager to hear Scripture and celebrate the sacraments. They gather because God has called them into community to share with one another and the world a greater love, a brighter witness, a truer faithfulness, than they could achieve alone.

Presbyterians have always been a “sent” people. Today, the PC(USA) shares the gospel through the ministry of 200 mission coworkers in 75 countries working on matters of evangelism, reconciliation, and the alleviation of poverty. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance witnesses to the healing love of Christ by caring for communities in the midst of crisis. And heeding the call of the Holy Spirit, Presbyterians across the country are building up 1,001 new worshiping communities and empowering congregations to seek out new beginnings and engage their diverse communities.

One of the ways that the PC(USA) funds these global and national mission opportunities is through 4 special offerings taken up in Presbyterian Churches across the United States at various times throughout the year. These special offerings are supported at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church and are the One Great Hour of Sharing (click here for more information)., Pentecost Offering (click here for more information)., the Peace and Global Witness Offering (click here for more information). and the Christmas Joy Offering (click here for more information).

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