10:00 am Food Drive and Change for Change
Food Drive and Change for Change
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
QUARTERLY FOOD DRIVE AND CHANGE FOR CHANGE, SEPTEMBER 3 As part of our offering Sunday, September 3 we’ll receive our Quarterly Food Drive for the Central VA Foodbank and our Change for Change offering. Food drives are a simple but powerful way to gather needed foods and helpful cash contributions to sustain ongoing hunger relief efforts across our community. The items that are most urgently needed: peanut butter, canned tuna, salmon, chicken, and ham; canned fruits and vegetables; hot and cold cereals; pasta and rice. This offering will help hungry people in metro Richmond set their tables with healthy food. Our Change for Change offering will support GPPC member Ruth Brown’s new ministry as a Community Health Facilitator in Harare, Zimbabwe. In her new appointment, Ruth Brown will work with the leadership of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Harare Synod and serve 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. For health program sustainability, Ruth will support church and community leadership training for the implementation of maintainable processes for program planning, monitoring, and evaluation. She will assist the church in collaborating with existing community health programs to promote continuity of care. Ruth will also work with CCAP leaders to explore and plan economic initiatives intended to reduce poverty (for example; income generation schemes, community savings and loans programs, and entrepreneurship training, etc.). These economic initiatives are also necessary to support and sustain a health program. Zimbabwe is home to roughly 15 million people, about 80% of whom are Christian. Endowed with fertile farmland and mineral wealth, the country was at one time the “breadbasket” of Southern Africa. More recently, drought, economic decline, and a highly contested land reform program have posed serious challenges for Zimbabwe and the churches who minister in this context, including the PC(USA)’s partners, the CCAP Harare Synod and the UPCSA Presbytery of Zimbabwe, each of which have about 9,000 members.
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