MISSION MOMENT

Partnering with Chinese educators

Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing send Canadian Presbyterians to help rural Chinese middle school English teachers develop their listening and speaking skills. Last August, a team of four representatives from Knox, Waterloo spent a month in Weifang, China with the Amity Foundation’s summer English program. Both the Knox team and the Chinese students learned from the experience. Athena, a grade one teacher in rural China, shares, “Learning about the traditions and beliefs of Canadians and comparing them to Chinese practices has shown that we are all similar; we all have the same goal, to share our love of language and to help our students be the best they can be. Janice Harper adds, “My own approach to teaching has even changed as a result of our experiences, and that is after being a teacher for 32 years!”                    Presbyterians Sharing strengthens partnerships

Mission Moment: April 25 – World Malaria Day

Malaria is one of Africa’s most severe health challenges and one of its most prevalent childhood diseases. Presbyterian World Service & Development is working to reduce the incidence of malaria by teaching communities how to prevent the spread. Community leaders are taking an active role in teaching about prevention and control of malaria. By teaching people how to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and how to properly use and care for bed nets that provide protection while sleeping, communities are seeing fewer cases of the disease. When someone does contract malaria, volunteers know how to respond quickly with medical care in order to ensure fewer people die as a result of the disease.

PWS&D supports communities fighting malaria

Mission Moment: April 22 – Earth Day

Maria de los Angeles used to depend on purchasing expensive produce at the market in order to feed her family. All that has changed now because of a Presbyterian World Service & Development program working to help farmers in her region end hunger by planting new types of fruits and vegetables and diversifying diets. The program is also ensuring that farmers know how to deal with Nicaragua’s often-dry climate. Maria has learned how to collect and recycle leaves to help trap moisture in the soil and make organic fertilizers. This resourcefulness is allowing Maria and other farmers like her to succeed. Maria is careful to give back what she takes, by helping to nurture her small piece of land by planting new trees and using environmentally sustainable farming techniques—and sharing this knowledge with her children and community to help ensure better futures for all.

PWS&D helps farmers care for creation

Sharpe Sisters Concert May 1, 2015

Sharpe Sisters 2015

SPRING CONCERT
featuring
THE SHARPE SISTERS
Friday May 1, 2015

Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Concert 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church
17 Royal Road, South
Portage la Prairie

Tickets: $15.00 each
Available from:
Church Office Tuesday – Friday
9:00 am – noon l:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Congregation members
At the door
Refreshments served during intermlsslon
See You There!

Vanuatu Appeal

Presbyterian World Service and Development is accepting donations in support of the relief effort in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam, which hit a month ago this week, leaving over 150,000 people homeless.  PWS&D has already made an initial donation of $10,000 for water purification systems and hygiene kits. Donations can be made using your offering envelope (or other envelope), marked “Vanuatu”.  Your donation will reach PWS&D faster, however, if you donate online, using your credit card.  Go to www.werespond.ca, scroll down to the news item on Vanuatu, and click on the “Donate” button to begin your donation.  A charitable donation receipt will be sent to you.  Check the website for ongoing news on the relief effort.

THE CHRISTIAN YEAR – EASTER

April 5 is Easter Sunday, the third of our four major annual Christian festivals (the others being Christmas, Epiphany, and Pentecost).  Easter is the joyful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus (see Mark 16.1-8, and parallels).  On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the power and love of God, which triumphed over the forces of evil and death, reversing the events of Good Friday.  We also re-live the joy of Jesus’ first disciples, as they learned that Jesus was indeed alive again.  As well, we celebrate the promise that all who believe in Jesus will be raised from death to eternal life, just as he was.  Following his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples from time to time over a period of 40 days, and then returned to heaven (Acts 1.1-11).

Easter is a season as well as a day; it lasts for 50 days (7 weeks), and ends with Pentecost, the festival celebrating the giving of the Holy Spirit.

The symbolic color for Easter is white, signifying joy and celebration