Project #1: CODEP is a Haitian farming collective that creates reforestation of barren Haitian hillsides to create verdant, productive land throughout the CODEP area.
Project #2: The second part of our Roots of Peace Witness Season Project includes support for the established schools for Syrian refugee children in the Middle East that have been maintained by the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL).
What we do, and how the Word becomes Flesh, as the Church body, is in the giving of ourselves and our resources through local and global mission work while being responsible stewards of our time and talents.
We show Discipleship within our congregation and beyond by spreading and experiencing the love of Christ through our example and commitment. Each year, we reach forward to our brothers and sisters in Christ with our resources during the month of Witness Season. This year we have the unique opportunity of being called on to provide support for two special projects. "Roots of Peace" is our 2016 Witness Season vision - to bring our prayers and assistance to the hands and hearts of people doing God's work in some of the most difficult of circumstances.
CODEP is a Haitian farming collective that creates reforestation of barren Haitian hillsides to create verdant, productive land throughout the CODEP area. At CODEP, they are using land wisely to end poverty. Every place - every ecology and culture - contains the means to end poverty, and here the Haitians are planting roots to care for their country. This has provided 68 communities, and 1,400 Haitian famers with a self-sustaining source of increased food, jobs, and revenue. This initiative rewards and trains Haitians to become the next generation of leaders, and impacts the lives of over 50,000 people in the Leogane Community. Our goals is to provide them with $15,000 funds to create the next 'pepinye' collective, which is a tree nursery where the farmers transplant, nurture, ad harvest the trees while learning agricultural skills and business skills. One-third of the farmers are women, which also helps to increase total family participation and literacy amongst the farmers.
The second part of our Roots of Peace Witness Season Project includes support for the established schools for Syrian refugee children in the Middle East that have been maintained by the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL). The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) grew out of PC(USA) outreach begun in 1823. The Synod has a long history of providing educational opportunities in the region, and now has specific needs for this population. Over a million children among the refugees have been denied their normal childhood, normal family life, and needed school time at a critical point in their development. The Syrian children in these camps need urgent attention. So many live in muddy tents, wandering the streets suffering from hunger and exposure, without direction for a future. A generation or two may became lost to illiteracy and complacency, and introduced to radicalism and violent attitudes. Our support will help nurture these children in education, and provide a path for hope to grow. Our project will be to provide $15,000 in funds to purchase books and supplies for 200 Syrian refugee children.
Please join us in planting these Roots for Peace in this world on behalf our church, as we are all part of the body of Christ. "As it is, there are many parts, but one body." 1 Corinthians 12:20
Your generous donations can be mailed to:
First Presbyterian Church
393 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302-1917
Attn: Lynise Clarke
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