Little Children of the Philippines (LCP)
The LCP mission is to help impoverished children through strong, caring Christian communities. The building blocks of this mission are the parent empowerment program, the basic health program, the sponsorship program, and the program for handicapped children. In the preschools, children receive nutritious snacks and vitamins to help with persistent malnutrition. They get access to basic health care, and they learn about Jesus. We encourage sponsorship of the Philippine children to help them through their school years. Dumaguete City in the Philippines is where LCP is located. This was the 2008 and 2015 destination of the Youth Mission trip. Twenty youth and adults traveled half-way around the world to see, first hand, the children and the program that our church supports. We will be participating in another mission trip to the Philippines in 2018. www.littlechildren.org.
Learn more about the history of our involvement with LCP here.
Operation Christmas Child
Christmas is about sharing the gift of God’s son, Jesus Christ, with the world. Our church provides a unique opportunity for members to share Christ with a needy child by using a simple shoe box. The boxes are fun and easy to fill with small toys, school supplies, hygiene items and other gifts. Children overseas receive our shoe boxes, hand delivered, along with Christian literature in his or her own language. www.samaritanspurse.org.
One Great Hour of Sharing
This is one of several Presbyterian Church (USA) offerings. Donations to this offering support the mission work of PCUSA and our interfaith partners. Donations provide emergency relief to victims of disasters. Our gifts keep working, helping people to rebuild their villages, their homes, and their lives long after the world’s attention to the immediate disaster is past. This offering helps poor communities find and develop new sources of food and clean water. Funds help to improve health standards and literacy. Modest loans are provided to poor people seeking to start small businesses in order to become self-supporting. Refugees are resettled from famines and wars, and ministries are provided to homeless children in the inner cities of the world.
Christmas Joy Offering
Presbyterians have long celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ by giving generously to a Christmas season offering. Fifty percent of the receipts to the Christmas Joy Offering are distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide support to retired and active church workers, and their spouses and families. The other 50% supports the eight Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges through the National Ministries Division of the General Assembly Council. www.pcusa.org/ministries/specialofferings/christmas-joy-offering.