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March Mission Moments
March 1: Community outreach - West Toronto’s St. Andrew’s Islington Presbyterian Church has begun a new missional experiment called Intersection that seeks to reach out to people living in their community. This ministry invites people who have never been to church and may not feel comfortable stepping inside a church building to experience worship in a way that is more comfortable for them. The church is introducing neighbours to Christ by hosting events in everyday places such as retail spaces and condo party rooms. They hope to bless their neighbours by offering ESL meet ups, a senior’s drop-in café, divorce care groups, and parenting support programs.

March 8: International Women’s Day - In India, many girls miss school each month because they do not have the supplies or facilities they need during menstruation. Unsanitary practices put them and their communities at risk. PWS&D-supported community mobilizers are helping girls in India stay in school by educating them about personal and menstrual hygiene. Rima Kumari, a 14-year-old girl from Nandlali village, spent time with a community mobilizer. She received sustainable, reusable sanitary napkins and learned about personal hygiene practices. Now, with the supplies she needs, Rima can embrace the joy of uninterrupted learning.

March 15: Blessed are the peacemakers - Shaun MacDonald was inspired to be an instrument of God’s peace by the prayer of St. Francis. He decided to put that into action by serving as an Ecumenical Accompanier in Hebron, Palestine. From October 2019 to January 2020, Shaun provided a protective presence, monitored human rights violations, and supported local peace and human rights groups as he witnessed life under occupation. Most importantly, he visited Palestinian families and shop keepers to learn their stories so he could share them with Canadians upon his return. The World Council of Churches created the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel in 2002. Since then, over 1,800 accompaniers from 22 countries have participated. Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support this important ministry.

March 22: Restoration and rehabilitation after Cyclone IdaiIn Malawi, eating raw maize, a grain usually dried to make the traditional food nsima, is a sign of pressing hunger. After Cyclone Idai stormed into Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe one year ago, many people were left with only this option—or worse, with no food at all. After the cyclone, Katherine Chiphwayna’s lost crops meant her family of four often went to bed hungry. Then Katherine began receiving support through PWS&D and Canadian Foodgrains Bank. She is now able to work more and provide her children with fish, eggplants and tomatoes, in addition to the nsima they like. “The kids are happy to eat the food. It’s very tasty.”

March 29: Saturday helpers - In Toronto’s downtown inner city, as many as 150 people enter the doors of Evangel Hall Mission every day for meals, showers, toiletries and clothing. The desire to help people in need draws hundreds of volunteers from the Presbyterian Church community every year. A new program called Saturday Helpers will provide volunteer opportunities that are accessible to families with young children, seniors and people with mobility issues. It allows for small groups to come onsite and support ministry work outside the busyness of the Drop-In Centre. Activities include preparing sandwiches and meal items, assembling toiletry kits, knitting and crocheting cold weather items, and making special-occasion crafts. Please pray that this ministry will bless everyone who enters Evangel Hall’s doors—both those in need and those with a heart to serve.