Get Involved with These Missions
In response to the commission of Jesus to preach the gospel to all nations, LPPC supports numerous Christian projects, locally, nationally, and internationally. For this purpose the Session allocates more than $100,000 annually from the church budget. In addition, numerous projects are supported by individual members of the congregation who devote their time, talents, and financial contributions to various missions throughout the year.
The following is sample of missions supported through the budget.
Rev. Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar
This border ministry is located in the sister cities of Augua Prieta, Sonora and Douglas, AZ. It provides educational, cultural, and development activities for the community; church development for two new churches; Health Ministry focusing on cancer prevention, and fair coffee trade. www.pcusa.org/mark-adams-and-miriam-maldonado-escobar
Rev. David Cortez-Fuentes & Josefina Saez Acevedo
Serving Christ together in Cuba, David and Josey are missionar- ies who work in partnership with the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba. This ministry is celebrating the ratified Mutual Mission Agreement between the Iglesia Presbyterian Reformed Cuba and the USA Presbyterian Church. https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/david-cortes-and-josey-saez/
Blair Educational Center in Kisumu, Kenya
Blair Educational Center serves approximately 350 children. They operate a micro-Finance lender and host medical teams that address disease prevention, nutrition & illness in the community. LPPC has helped to fund the building of a school clinic and has helped to staff the clinic with a full-time nurse at the school. www.blairinkenya.com
Cecil & Grace Bean Soup Kitchen at St. Johns Church
As the largest soup kitchen in Norristown, it provides meals to those in need. LPPC has provided Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners and 350 sandwiches each Tuesday in August for over 17 years.
Community Dinners-Bread of Life Community Café
The Café is at All Saints Episcopal Church in Norristown, PA. Volunteers from Lower Providence Presbyterian Church participate three times a year to help cook, serve and clean-up for this special community dinner and outreach in Norristown’s West Side.
Community Interfaith of Central Montgomery County
Community Interfaith operates both a Food Pantry at Grace Lutheran Church and a Clothing Ministry at Haws Avenue United Methodist Church. The pantry serves over 300 families a month via a Choice Panty format. LPPC members volunteer to bring food from Wawa to the Pantry.
Baby Food Program (Philabundance)
Baby Food Program is a yearly Philadelphia fund drive in which 100% of donations are used by Philabundance to purchase infant formula and baby products made available to member agencies and people they serve. LPPC participates every Mothers’ Day. www.philabundance.org
Christmas Joy Offering (PCUSA)
The Joy Offering supports current and retired church workers of PCUSA (Presbyterian Church in the USA) in their time of need. It also supports future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.html
Souper Bowl Sunday (Interfaith/Philabundance)
Held annually on Super Bowl Sunday, LPPC youth conduct a fundraising effort to benefit the hungry and homeless in our area. They ask congregation members to bring cans of soup or a monetary donation, collected before and after church services.
All gifts go to benefit one area non-profit that supports the hungry and homeless. In 2019, the recipient organization was the Daily Bread Food Pantry in Collegeville.
Van Dyke Missions Support
Joel Van Dyke, Director of Urban Transformational Network Development, serves as the Missionary Innovation Leader for Urban Mission Engagement with Remote Resonate Global Mission. His work remains focused on urban ministry leadership development. https://www.resonateglobalmission.org/support/our-missionaries/ joel-and-marilyn-van-dyke
Young Life is an international organization introducing adoles- cents to Jesus Christ and helping them to grow in their faith. Caring adults go where the teens are to earn their trust and acceptance by developing a connectional outreach. Their goal is to provide kids with a lifelong relationship with Christ and a love for His Word, His mission, and a local church. Locally, the goal is to have active Young Life groups at Methacton, Souderton Area, and Perkiomen High Schools by 2021.
Women’s Bridge Resource Center
WBRC helps women in crisis or transition to achieve financial security, adequate housing, sustainable employment, and to gain emotional stability. WBRC works with service agencies, area churches, schools, and other referring partners. WBRC receives no local, state, or government funding. www.womensbridgecenter.org
Days for Girls
Days for Girls is a global movement that prepares & distributes sustainable, reusable menstrual health kits and health education to girls and women in Kenya and other needy communities, who would otherwise miss school and work during their monthly periods. Days for Girls International has reached more than one million girls and women in over 100 countries. LPPC volunteers have made and distributed over 700 kits and for 2019 hope to make and distribute over 500 kits. EaglevillePA@daysforgirls.org
DiscipleMakers is a Christian Campus Ministry in Pennsylvania. Its goal is to identify the next generation of leaders for the Church by training college students in Bible study, gospel-driven discipleship, and evangelism. In 2018, DiscipleMakers had 14 well established campus fellowships and over 1,000 students involved. Their goal is to reach 25 campuses with disciple- making staff by 2025.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide organization which partners with churches, businesses, organizations and individuals to provide funding & volunteers to build or improve houses. LPPC has long been contributing financially to the Montco Habitat for Humanity & in 2019 helped to construct a home in Bridgeport. www.habitatmontdelco.org
Intergenerational Mission Trips
LPPC started Intergenerational Mission Trips in 2015. These trips have been very successful in helping chosen communities to address some of their housing repair needs, working in local food & clothing pantries, developing intergenerational teamwork and interactions with the home owners and communities as well as fostering expanded intergenerational relationships (ages 3-84) and special friendships among our LPPC family. To date, these trips have gone to Maine, Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina.
Living Waters for the World
LWW provides sustainable clean water systems for communities in need. LPPC volunteers have installed clean water systems in Peru (1), India (2), Cuba (5), and Kenya (1) at the Blair Educational Center and continue to sustain the systems for their first three years. www.livingwatersfortheworld.org
Operation Christmas Child–Samaritan's Purse
Shoeboxes are a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Each year at LPPC we fill shoeboxes with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. These boxes are shipped worldwide as a ministry to reach children in areas affected by war, poverty, natural disasters, famine and disease with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Rise Against Hunger-Stop Hunger Now (Rice Ministry)
Sr. High Mission Trip
Held every summer, this trip gives the senior high youth of the church an opportunity to do hands-on mission work in communi- ties other than our own. The youth raise additional funds for these trips and present a program for the church at a Sunday service upon their return. Recent trips have gone to Cincinnati and Chicago.
The Philadelphia Project
This Christian outreach is committed to the holistic development of the neighboring community in partnership with the local church and through the creation of an engaging and safe community center. It also provides a home repair ministry caring for the homes of the elderly, poor and single-parent families; preschool; after school programs and a summer camp. www.thephiladelphiaproject.com
This Christian organization provides sports leadership and mentoring programs in Philadelphia. Through leadership development, coaches training and mentoring, Timoteo Sports empowers youth to transform their lives and the community. The summer camp is a leadership development program that employs 16-17 year olds as camp coaches to 10-15 year old campers. www.timoteosports.org
Since 1988 the mission of Urban Promise has been to equip Camden, NJ’s children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and Christian leadership, through after-school programs, summer camps, two schools, experiential learning, job training, and other international programs. LPPC volunteers also work at Urban Promise to improve their facilities.