Global Missions
Knowing God, Loving One Another, Serving the World. Missions are an integral part of the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury. Our Global Missions train and equip ordinary people to go and do extraordinary things so that all might see, hear and experience God’s love in tangible ways. Additionally, PCIS impacts the world through work with our global partners who are meeting spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of people in poverty-stricken countries.

Our Partners

The Little Children of the Philippines (LCP) was established in Dumaguete City in 1989, to get impoverished children off the streets. There was a Providential converging, at about that time, of three paths: Rev. Saylor was encouraging PCIS to expand its mission to an overseas need; PCIS members Charlie and Ruth Reynolds were planning a long-wished-for trip to the Philippines, where Charlie had served during World War II;  the wife of the pastor at the Cambridge Presbyterian Church was a Philippine native, and aware of efforts being made by Christians in her hometown to rescue street children. The return of the Reynolds from their trip was the beginning of a new, life-changing partnership - both for PCIS members and the children of that new Christian community. At first, it was mostly a one-woman endeavor!  Ruth coaxed toys, clothing, and books from the congregation, which were packed up and sent in huge boxes. Bottles of children's aspirin were regularly gathered up for shipment. PCIS learned from Jesus' parable of the mustard seed, and soon there was good support from many at PCIS. Many children have been matched with sponsors from PCIS. And many sponsors who have moved on to other churches have planted the seed in their new location. A sponsor gives monetary support to a child, and that support ensures he/she stays in school and gets health and nutrition support. Most importantly, friendship and the message of Jesus' love is well-supplied. PCIS member, Ruth Vitale, was our first to travel to LCP for hands-on service. In 2008, another 20 of our youth and adults traveled there to be partners in ministry. In 2015 and 2018, 20-person teams of youth and adults returned, again, to LCP. Our yearly LCP mission offering supports the seven preschools. LCP says, "Only eternity will reveal how many lives were changed because you were important in the life of a child. May God bless you with health, happiness and peace, is our prayer."

Little Children of the Philippines

The Little Children of the Philippines mission helps 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. This was the 2008, 2015, and 2018 destination of the Youth Mission trip. In 2018, nineteen youth and adults traveled half-way around the world to see, first hand, the children and the program that our church support. LCP is located in Dumaguete, on the island of Negros Oriental in the Visayas region of the Philippines. 

A link to an article in the Metrowest Daily News can be seen here.

Learn more about the history of our involvement with LCP here.

 

Operation Christmas Child Project of Samaritans Purse

Operation Christmas Child was started in the United Kingdom in 1990 by Dave and Jill Cooke. Three years after this beginning, the Wales-based shoebox gift project merged in a partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, allowing the Cookes to share 20 years of expertise in relief and aid work with the project, and expand the reach of the shoebox gifts to more than 28,000 children that year. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 146 million children in more than 100 countries.

Operation Christmas Child continues to be an international relief organization. Its mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with Christian information. They ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the United States. 

Presbyterian Church (USA) Christmas Joy Offering

Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, we honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need, and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.