- Change for Change:
On World Communion Sunday 2014, we kicked off a new and special offering we’re calling “Change for Change.” We encourage you to fnd an interesting container – a basket made overseas, perhaps, or a pottery bowl – and put a coin or two in whenever you eat a meal at home. On our quarterly “Change for Change” Sundays , bring the money you’ve collected, and contribute it during our offering. We’ll also receive gifts of food (and money, if you wish) for the Central Virginia Food Bank. The coins you bring for the September offering will help support the people of Burundi who have fled their homes due to the political unrest and violence in their country.
- GPPC Peace and Global Missions Offering:
Our Peace and Global Missions Offering collected on World Communion Sunday each year is an important part of a strong and long tradition of supporting the global missions of our denomination. Over the last 15 years, GPPC has contributed over $65,000 to support mission workers involved in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and demonstrating his love by: relieving hunger, giving medical care, building schools and teaching, aiding in times of disaster, organizing agricultural development, advocating for women, and more. Our gifts have gone to mission workers in 15 foreign counties including Croatia, China, Indonesia, Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Southern Sudan. Our special offering for World Missions and Peacemaking in 2016 will be on World Communion Sunday, October 2.
- Mission Co-Worker Support
GPPC has a long tradition of providing direct support to Presbyterian missionaries around the world. It is our joy and responsibility to support missionaries around the world who bear testimony to God’s healing and transforming love for all people everywhere. We currently work with three mission co-workers:
Jeff and Christi Boyd work for education, food security and fair trade in Central Africa.
Ruth Brown works with the leadership of the CCAP Harare Synod in Zimbabwe and serves as a resource, advisor, and colleague to the convener of the Synod’s Chikondano (“Love”) HIV/AIDS and Vulnerable Children Committee, as the committee works to promote health and prevent diseases throughout the CCAP and the communities in which it ministers
Cindy Corell connects agricultural experts in Haiti with Haitian farmers to help farmers do what they do best—grow food for others
- Member-In-Mission Support
Our tradition of supporting Global Missions here at GPPC is also very personal. There are many of our members who served or are serving as mission co-workers or members in mission or with family members who have served or serve the Lord this way. Our current members in mission are: Richard Hamm, Hanil University and Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Jeonju, South Korea; Grace Yeuell, Religious Education Program Director for Installation Management Command-Europe, Kaiserslautern, Germany and Ruth Brown, Zimbabwe (see above).
- Forman Christian College
For a number of years, GPPC has provided financial support to Forman Christian College (FCC) in Lahore, Pakistan by providing scholarships to Christian students through The Friends of Forman College. Founded by Presbyterian missionaries in 1864, FCC has educated leaders in government, education, the arts, medicine and law and leaders of the Pakistan Christian church. By offering quality higher education, FCC is building towards a peaceful tomorrow in Pakistan.
- International Seminary Students
Our commitment to global missions is enhanced by a unique relationship with Union Presbyterian Seminary. We are blessed by our relationship with the international students there who witness to us as servants of the Lord, sharing with us knowledge and awareness of their cultures and the practice of Christianity in their countries. While we support them in their time away from family and loved ones, they bring the global presence of Jesus Christ right into our church.