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July Mission Moments
July 7: Shining hope - PWS&D helps to ensure access to medical care and training in disease recognition and prevention so that families and communities can grow healthier. Through timely diagnosis, medical care and health education, people affected with leprosy and other illnesses in an impoverished region of Nepal are improving their health with support from PWS&D partners at the Shining Hospital. Dal is one person receiving support. A reaction to the medication Dal was prescribed for his leprosy left him very sick. Every hospital he visited couldn’t provide treatment, until he visited the Shining Hospital. There, Dal received the support he needed to restore his health and the life he enjoyed. This story of hope is shared by 158 patients who received treatment for leprosy over the past year. PWS&D brings medical care to remote villages

July 14: A ministry of presence - When 35cm of rain fell over 5 days in Malawi in March, the presence of PCC mission staff was invaluable. Vivian and Blair Bertrand gave us first-hand accounts of the devastation experienced by over 900,000 Malawians. They recounted the harsh realities, faced especially by subsistence farmers who lost their entire crops. They grieved together with their friends and colleagues when roofs collapsed, walls caved in, latrines were washed away, and family members died. Amid the darkness, Vivian, working with Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD), has been busy writing proposals for CARD’s relief efforts. Proposals include providing emergency items such as food, plastic sheets, cooking pots, water buckets and chlorine to treat water and agricultural support to help people reclaim their livelihoods after the loss of crops and livestock. Presbyterians Sharing supports the Bertrands whose presence opens a window into this widespread tragedy. Presbyterians Sharing supports international mission staff

July 21: Giving with generous hearts - Throughout his ministry, Jesus preached on the importance of caring for people living on the margins of society. Responding to a need in their local community, the grant-receiving congregation of St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L. has constructed a “community clothesline” in their sanctuary. At each of their monthly services, the congregation hangs new adult socks, hats, mitts, scarves and underclothes on the clothesline, which are later distributed by the Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services division. At each service, the clothesline cannot hold all of the items due to the generosity of its church members, and extra bins must be set up to collect all of the donations.
Presbyterians Sharing encourages generosity

July 28: It began with a loan - When Thoko’s husband left her to care for their six children alone, she felt like she was sinking. But support PWS&D was providing in her Malawian village helped her rise above challenging circumstances. Thoko joined a self-help group—an organized way to come together with women in her village to save money and distribute loans. With the loan she received, Thoko bought farming supplies to grow more food. After selling the produce she harvested, Thoko began earning enough to pay school fees for her children. Soon, she could afford supplies to repair the roof of her home and was also able to purchase a goat and pig, which will be an additional source of income. Today, little trace of that hopelessness is left. Thoko feels empowered—and it all began with a loan. PWS&D empowers people to shape their future