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The 2012 Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study

The Mission Yearbook, the quintessential mission resource, has brought the Presbyterian family together daily for prayer and study for over 117 years. The stories in the 2012 Mission Yearbook were gathered around the prayer of Paul for the Colossians, that these faithful brothers and sisters would bear fruit and grow in the knowledge of God (1:10).

Our Central YAV

Here is an update from our own Central YAV (young adult volunteer), Sarah Paulsen (parents Beth Johnson and Pete Paulsen, and Paulsen, Sara Shadowsister in Peace Corps in Africa, Grace)

Being a Young Adult Volunteer means living a year you’ll never forget. What do YAVs do? They serve for one year in communities of need in the United States and around the world, and this is what Sarah has been up to:

“Greetings from the lovely rainy and cold Belfast! It’s been about 5 months since I first start my work here in Belfast as a PC(USA) YAV. Although I feel comfortable here, it never ceases to surprise me how a place that seems familiar is still so new and different to me. I do many different things here but mainly my work is with youth and children at Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church.  Once a week I lead a Bible Study with members of the church. Currently we are studying the book of Matthew. Once or twice a week I do work called Detached Youth Work with the youth around the area. This means walking around the streets hanging out and engaging in conversation with the youth in the area that are drinking and doing drugs (it’s one of the harder parts of my week). One of my placements is The Vine Centre where I work in the morning with their Mums & Tots programme and then JAFFA (primary age) program in the afternoon. It’s a nice transition for me to go from the detached work on Tuesday night to the little ones on Wednesday mornings. They are so full of energy and life! Those toddlers sure know how to put a big smile on my face and show a sweet kind of love and acceptance to me.

On Thursdays I walk to Newington Day Centre for a full day with the people there. The walk to the centre has allowed me to see more of the area I live and work in. Newington Day Centre is a place for older people to go and be during the day, most of them come from the Nationalist community. On Thursday evenings I help out with the Anchor Boys Section (age 5-6) of Boys Brigade. This would be similar to our Boy Scouts. I mostly help with their Bible study and activities. One of the most experiential works I’ve been doing here is the Youth Club on Saturday nights. Our Youth Club is located literally on an interface. This means our building divides the community. The front door to the Macrory Halls leads to the Unionist Tigers Bay community (where our YC kids come from), while our back door leads out to the Nationalist New Lodge community. The Youth Club is a place for kids ages 8 and up to come hang out and spend time in a safe environment for a few hours. We run different activities for them like X-box, football games, and cooking lessons to help them build certain skills like team building. Sundays are a pretty relaxing day for me usually. My main responsibility lately on a Sunday has been helping to lead Bible Class. Our Bible Class currently is talking about Courage and what that means to have courage even when it’s not easy. Well as you can see I’ve been kept very busy these past few months and I look forward to sharing more of my experiences and lessons with you all when I return! Thank you for your support during my year of mission in Belfast.”

Live Locally, Act Globally!

Who is the Global Mission Committee?

Every Central member, certainly; potentially, everyone who comes to Central! Current committee members include Cat Goodrich (Resident Pastor), Bettye Russell (chair), Mary Caroline Lindsey, Harold Harbert, Elizabeth Neil, Ellen Logan, Kemie Nix, Jennell Charles, Ximena Leroux, Ed Galloway, Lydia Rainwater, Kaye Carmichael, Bede Campbell, and Marianne Norton

What do we do? How?

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International mission trips

To the US/Mexico border in summer 2012
Support for youth trips and through Presbytery partnerships
In the past: Central trips to Scotland (Iona), Cuba, Israel/Palestine, Mexico, Costa Rica, and LaGonave, Haiti

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Presbyterian Coffee Project

Coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate candy for sale the third Sunday of the month
Refugee Resettlement Volunteer help, home furnishings and financial support through the locally based RRISA and Refugee Family Services

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International students

Host students during holidays through the locally based AMIS
Sign up for the Amigo program, spending time with students from other countries during their stay in Atlanta while attending a local university
Host the annual December holiday luncheon for Atlanta’s AMIS program
Financial support of organizations working globally with children

Children’s Literature for Children, Kenya, Central America
A water purification system for a school in Uganda
Orphanage in the Ukraine, This Child Here

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Support of Presbyterian mission co-workers

Mark Adams on the US/Mexico border
Jo Ella Holman, PC(USA) liaison with Cuba and the Caribbean
Shelvis and Nancy Smith Mather in South Sudan, Africa; Click here to view Saving Baby Jordan--the story of the birth of Nancy & Shelvis' son, the first American born in South Sudan.
The Outreach Foundation who support Presbyterian missionaries around the world
Oversight of Central’s contributions to five PC(USA) offerings One Great Hour of Sharing (Easter)
Peacemaking Offering (World Communion Sunday)Christmas Joy Offering
Pentecost Offering – part PC/USA General Assembly/part Central for children at risk
PATH Offering (5th Sundays) – for Presbytery of Greater Atlanta to support hunger programs

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Interfaith initiatives

Participation in Habitat for Humanity interfaith builds
Financial support of FAMA (Faith Alliance of Metropolitan Atlanta) and the Regional Council of Churches, as well as the Presbyterian Peace Foundation
Peace Initiatives
 

Sunday peace vigils
Execution vigils and letter-writing campaigns

There are ways and ways and ways to live locally and act globally. New initiatives and new participants are always welcome. Contact Cat Goodrich for more information and more involvement.