“Without water, nothing can grow.” That can sound either amazingly simple or amazingly profound, depending upon your perspective. That’s the motto of the mission partner for December, Aqua Africa. This organization uses clean water as a starting place to help communities in South Sudan to begin to develop. Each well can provide 8,000 liters of clean water each day. Within just a few weeks of drinking clean water, headaches and stomach problems that were prevalent with the bacteria-infested water, disappear. In addition, the well saves 357 man-hours daily that would have been spent collecting and transporting water and 314 trees that would have been burned to try to sanitize water.
Founded by two native South Sudanese, Buey Ray Tut and Jacob Khol, Aqua-Africa is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in underdeveloped communities. Through its uniquely developed Key3 program, Aqua-Africa’s objective is to start with relief efforts and transform them into sustainable solutions by focusing on three areas of impact: clean drinking water, micro democracy and resource management.
The Stephen Center is the hunger partner for the month of December. Stephen Center, Inc. has served the homeless and low-income men, women and children in Omaha since 1984. Stephen Center is the only “dry” emergency shelter in Omaha, focusing on assisting those who have made a commitment to overcome the life destroying effects of drugs and alcohol. Stephen Center operates four distinct programs: Stephen Center Emergency Shelter, Stephen Center HERO Program, Stephen Center Transitional Living Program and Stephen Center Thrift.
If you can help one or both of these worthy partners, please either indicate on your check memo line, or on the pew envelope where you wish your dollars to be sent.
The Christmas Joy Offering will be received on December 21st. Your gift helps to provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families. In addition, it also provides help to students who are attending Presbyterian-related racial/ethnic colleges and schools. In 2013, the Assistance Program provided over 1300 grants and more than 5.5 billion dollars to pastors, missionaries, other church workers and their families.
Plans are being made for another Round Town Mission Trip. Mark your calendar for Monday, December 29th. If you’ve never participated, we encourage you to do so. What better way to celebrate the Christmas season, than by giving some of your time to an organization in need of volunteers.
Ebola has been in the news frequently. If you have been moved by the need and are looking for a way to help, the Presbyterian Mission Agency offers these suggestions: Financial gifts are always needed. You can give through the Mission Committee at PCM. Designate your gift for Ebola Response and we’ll make certain it gets into the right hands. PCUSA is working with One Great Hour of Sharing West Africa Initiative to supply essential protective gear and supplies to protect medical workers as well as providing food assistance and food security. In addition to financial gifts, we can pray for those who have been impacted by Ebola: healthcare workers, families and neighbors caring for those affected, families of those who have lost loved ones and those in quarantined communities.