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Mission Moments - June 2021
Sunday, June 6 (General Assembly Sunday) - Mission Moment – Rockland Community Church - With support from Presbyterians Sharing, Rockland Community Church in Ontario—established initially with a focus on youth ministry—is transforming through family-style worship and mission that truly brings out the gifts of people of all ages. As their name suggests, “community” is at the heart of this Christian family of faith where everyone belongs. The congregation celebrates the contributions made by each member, and everyone is committed to sharing their gifts with others, whether it’s by inviting a neighbour to a home group gathering or weekly coffee house, or by organizing a Living Nativity for the wider community during Advent. Presbyterians Sharing welcomes people into the family of God.

Sunday, June 13 - Mission Moment – Meeting the Needs of Families in Beirut
The massive explosion that struck the city of Beirut in August 2020 left many people injured and many homes damaged. Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) responded to the devastating effects by meeting the needs of vulnerable people in Lebanon. Families received essential supplies, such as food and hygiene items, to sustain them as they started to rebuild. Additionally, PWS&D assisted in restoring homes and schools and provided water and sanitation kits to families, as well as school kits to children.

Sunday, June 20 (National Indigenous Peoples Sunday) - Mission Moment – National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Presbyterian Church in Canada acknowledges the responsibility that our church, governments and all Canadians have to continue working for healing and justice with Indigenous people. Presbyterians Sharing supports nine ministries that operate in and with Indigenous communities in Canada. These ministries meet physical and spiritual needs by providing meals, counselling, temporary housing and employment assistance. They also strive to heal hearts through art and music therapy, worship services that incorporate Indigenous beliefs, and more.

Sunday, June 27 - Mission Moment – Equipping New Leaders - Growing up in a village in northern Malawi where the nearest health facility is 30 km away, Dorica Nkhata knows about the importance of accessible healthcare. Working at Embangweni Mission Hospital as a nurse and noticing a critical shortage of doctors, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor at the Malawi College of Medicine. She approached the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Livingstonia Synod, for assistance. At our partner’s request, the PCC accepted Dorica into the Leadership Development Program. With financial support from Knox Presbyterian Church in St. Catharines, Ont., and Presbyterians Sharing, Dorica is on her way to fulfilling her dream and serving those in need in rural Malawi. Presbyterians Sharing supports leadership development through medical and theological education and training programs in Kenya, Malawi, Lebanon and Eastern Europe.