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Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. — Matthew 28:18
The Great Commission doesn’t mean we all must set off to the foreign mission field. However, it does mean that in everything that we do and think, the proclamation of the gospel must be foremost — whether you are called to be a full-time missionary, or to minister to a colleague, friend or stranger, and everything in between.
Our goal is to connect each and every member with an opportunity to take part in one mission activity of the church. Because we believe answering God’s great commission can be as simple as helping EACH ONE REACH ONE for Christ. We want to help you plug in to a mission you care about. What breaks your heart? What do you wish your church would be engaged in?
Eastminster is more engaged in mission than ever before. Our many current mission projects and partnerships need supporters and participants at many levels. Check out the list below, look for just one way you could help us go all-in for mission this year.
Blessings in a Backpack provides needy elementary school children with a backpack of food to take home on weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal. Blessings in a Backpack feeds over 72,000 children in 700 schools in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. We partner with Grace Pointe Church, Marietta, to provide a local elementary school with food donations. We collect food and deliver it monthly to the school, helping 106 children who would otherwise spend their weekends hungry. Drop off donations of easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods (like granola bars, juice boxes, mac & cheese, and oatmeal) in the lobbies. Contact: Lisa Preikszas.
Cobb Pregnancy Services (CPS) is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization that helps anyone is a crisis pregnancy regardless of age, race creed, nationality, country, marital status, circumstances of conception or condition of the unborn baby. CPS helps women and men deal with an unexpected pregnancy by providing practical assistance, as well as physical and emotional support, including sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Visit CPS online at www.cobbpregnancy.org.
MUST (Ministries United in Service and Training) is a non-profit Christian organization founded in 1971. MUST is dedicated to providing services to families and individuals in crisis. MUST addresses the needs of families, individuals and children in the Marietta, Smyrna, and Cherokee/Paulding communities. Eastminster provides dinner on the 9th of every month to the residents of MUST and supports the Summer Lunch Program, which provides sack lunches to needy children during summer break. This year we made 1500 sack lunches. Visit them online at www.mustministries.org.
Out of Darkness reaches out to women trapped in the sex trade in Atlanta. Weekly outreaches, such as Princess Night and local jail ministry, as well as a 24/7 hotline, all help women safely leave the streets and enter into a new life. Once rescued and placed in safe lodging, women are given medical care and loving long-term mentors to begin the restoration process. During their stay, the women build friendships, attend Bible studies, receive counseling and, ultimately, are helped to gain placement in a 12- month restorative care program. EPC partners with Out of Darkness through various volunteer opportunities such as “Princess Night” and monthly “Be the Light” prayer and praise time. Contact: Doug Nielson. Details at outofdarkness.org.
Youth Mission Trips are sponsored each year, allowing the youth of Eastminster to experience the joy of spreading the gospel and helping those in need. Our youth regularly participate in a local missions — they have delivered sandwiches to the homeless, served meals at MUST and worked in soup kitchens. In addition, once a year they travel to a needy area of the United States or internationally to extend the hand of God and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hands of Hope is a ministry serving the needy in McDowell County, West Virginia. Their mission is to provide a pathway of hope by building relationships and reaching out to others with the love of Jesus Christ. Poverty in McDowell County is devastating, leaving many without hope. Daily children go hungry; the elderly must decide whether to pay for food, utilities or medication; unemployment is rampant. Hands of Hope provides hope and direction to those suffering hardship and direction to churches and individuals willing to get involved. In addition to regular financial support, Eastminster sends mission teams to serve HOH every year. For more information, visit www.hohm.org.
The Antioch Partners (TAP) is a missionary sending agency that partners with Presbyterian churches in the US to send followers of Jesus to participate in God’s mission in the world. These missionaries have been called by God to long-term, cross-cultural ministry, and they are engaged in many aspects of Kingdom work including: inviting people to follow Jesus, social justice, discipleship, supporting church-planting movements, leadership development and business as mission. We support two Antioch Partner missionaries (names withheld for security) serving in Brazil with Sepal, a nationwide ministry providing resources to local pastors and leaders. Their mission is to help seminary students obtain the education necessary to go out into the world and preach. They also lead music ministries, participate in a partnership with a ministry in Curitiba and minister to the needy and infirm. Details at www.theantiochpartners.org.
In the Carpenters Footsteps is a non-profit Christian group founded by Buddy Searcy. Carpenters Footsteps provides services to churches and communities who need a construction project built or repaired. In additional to construction work, the team also provides a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the children in the area and sewing projects for the women. In the Carpenters Footsteps arranges is currently working on church building in Costa Rica. Volunteers are needed to share their faith, perform manual labor, help with VBS and help the women sewing. More info at www.carpentersfootsteps.org
Kenyan Orphanages. Eastminster regularly supports and sends mission teams to three children’s homes (details below). We also host a Child Sponsorship Program supporting children at these homes.
— Kenya Connection Kids. Led by Humphrey Kanga and sponsored by Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, this ministry is dedicated to supporting Kenyan orphans. Kenya Connection supports two residences, which are home to 29 children. In addition to the homes, 146 orphans are served in the field. Eastminster families support more than 42 orphans. The sponsors provide monthly donations enabling these children to have adequate food and clothing as well as access to an education. Sponsors are able to develop a personal relationship with their child. For more information click here.
— Tumaini and Huruma Children’s Homes. Tumaini was founded in 1997 by the Riamukurwe Parish, a cluster of 8 Presbyterian churches in an impoverished rural area of Central Kenya. This Parish decided something needed to be done about the many children who were starving or undernourished in their community, so they began a feeding program. That program grew into a residential orphanage, Tumaini Children’s Home, which now cares for 140 children. The parish also runs the Huruma Children’s Home, a nearby facility that houses 78 children. Recent mission projects have focused on structural improvements to Huruma, including a new irrigation system, as well as the addition of study room and annex to house several disabled adults at the home. Both homes provide food, housing, education and spiritual nurture. They are overseen by a Board which consists of the Riamukurwe Parish minister and elders. To sponsor a child at Tumaini or Huruma, click here. For more information visit www.theoutreachfoundation.org.
Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience “living water”— the gospel of Jesus Christ — which alone satisfies the deepest thirst. They implement participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries, and have completed more than 15,000 water projects since its inception. In 2014 Eastminster committed $7500 to dig a well through Living Water International. The “Eastminster Heritage Well” in Guatemala will be built in the fall of 2015. For years to come, this well will deliver clean drinking water as well as the living water that is the Good News of Jesus Christ, through local evangelistic ministries. Contact: Gail Sorrells. More details at water.cc
— Hizkia Soewignjo (Ambassador’s for Christ Indonesia) spreads the gospel throughout Indonesia. He organizes medical missions that provider much needed medical care to the inhabitants of the Indonesian islands. This ministry faces dangerous situations and travel challenges to reach the various islands in Indonesia.
— China Missionaries. These dedicated missionaries work to bring the grace of Christ to the Chinese people by supporting underground churches, teaching and grooming new Chinese ministers. Names are withheld due to security reasons.
— Egypt Missionaries. Through The Outreach Foundation, we also support two full-time professors at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo Egypt preparing men and women to serve as pastors and leader in Egypt and the Arab world.
Our goal is to raise $70,000 through this mission offering to support our local, national and international ministries. This offering is its primary source of their funding. It’s not too late! You can bring your offering to worship or the church office, or you can donate online today.
In addition to our long-term mission partners above, support for new mission opportunities are considered as additional funds become available. The annual mission offering and proceeds from the Fall Festival are used to support Eastminster missions. These funds are dedicated to mission work and funded separately from the general giving fund.
To assist our adult mission volunteers in defraying the cost of a mission trip, Eastminster offers a scholarship. To be eligible you must be an active member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. The offer is available as long as the funding lasts.
To learn more about missions or become more actively involved, email Missions@epres.org.