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Sunday, October 4 - Making a Difference in the Lives of Women and Girls
Mistawasis Memorial Presbyterian Church in Mistawasis Nehiyawak First Nation, Saskatchewan, holds a unique place within the history of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Not only is this church one of the oldest within our denomination, it is also the only PCC church located on a reserve. Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing have enabled this congregation to faithfully provide ministry in the Mistawasis community. In addition to a yearly Vacation Bible School program and a women’s craft club, Mistawasis Memorial PC has launched a new girls’ empowerment program. After school, girls in grades 1–8 gather to learn about fitness and life skills. The prayer of this program is that these skills will help the girls live fulfilling lives.

Sunday, October 11 - Mission Moment – Equipping Families to Fight Food Insecurity
In South Sudan, years of civil conflict have left much of the population without access to the food they need to live healthy lives. Rising food prices and loss of income due to COVID-19 are only increasing this deficit. Presbyterian World Service & Development is responding through Canadian Foodgrains Bank to provide 1,150 families with food assistance that will meet their nutritional needs. Additionally, families will receive farming inputs and fishing equipment so that, when the season is right for growing and fishing, they will have access to alternative sources of nutrition.

Sunday, October 18 -Investing in the Future of the Church
Presbyterians Sharing supports the Near East School of Theology (NEST) in Beirut, Lebanon. For over a century, NEST has been a powerful witness in the Middle East, training nearly 90% of the Protestant ministers in the region. Students come from some of the most difficult places in the world to be Christian: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. NEST’s President, Dr. George Sabra, shared, “The main concern of the church in the Middle East is how to remain here… We are preparing people to minister in situations where it is becoming very difficult for Christians to live.” In faithfully partnering with NEST, we are investing in leadership development for the future of the church in the Middle East.

Please pray for NEST as it repairs its badly damaged building and navigates the political unrest following the August explosion in Beirut.

Sunday, October 25 - Increasing Nutrition in Malawi
Due to fear of contracting COVID-19, people in Malawi who are already vulnerable because of the effects of HIV and AIDS have increased concerns about accessing medication and community support. Presbyterian World Service & Development-supported Ekwendeni Hospital AIDS Program (EHAP) has been supporting those whose lives are impacted by HIV and AIDS for decades. Acknowledging these increased concerns, EHAP continues to provide community health support through physically distanced workshops to help families learn how to cook nutritiously with limited ingredients.


Mission Moments - October