Together in Service, formerly known as Mission Opportunities, is one way that Presbyterian Women supports mission. In addition to undertaking self-selected mission projects, you can also be “Together in Service” through financial gifts. The generous giving of Presbyterian Women to Together in Service funds mission initiatives such as health care, education, reconciliation and healing, poverty relief and more, as well as support for existing denominational and ecumenical programs.
You may direct your gift toward Together in Service mission in general or specify one of the Together in Service Projects:
- Congo Palm Development Project
Presbyterian Women raised more than $100,000 to plant palm plantations, managed by women, for women’s livelihood in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ongoing support is needed—to buy palm oil presses and bicycles to transport the oil and to provide marketing training—to make the palm oil a reliable source of income.
- Roma Development Project
The Roma Development Project was initiated to help Roma women in Eastern Europe develop basket-weaving as a microenterprise. In partnership with the Hungarian Reformed Church in the Ukraine, the project has shifted to helping fund schools for Roma children in Ukraine. Your gifts help to provide schools for Roma children with heat during the winter, running water and on-going renovations and upkeep.
- Presbyterian Church of India (PCI) Women’s Development Fund
The Jiniaseng Kynthei Tailoring and Weaving Training Center, established and operated by women in Ri Bhoi Synod of the Presbyterian Church of India, offers instruction to women in tailoring and sewing—skills that will allow women with limited, even dismal life choices, to make a living.
- Arunima AIDS Hospice
A ministry of the Diocese of Kolkata in the Church of North India (CNI), the Arunima Hospice provides holistic care for homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to health care, the hospice offers educational programs and proper nutrition for residents and their families. Most of the residents have been sex workers whose shops were closed down.
- On Eagle’s Wings Ministries
On Eagle’s Wings offers free, Christ-centered support to individuals caught in the web of sex trafficking. They also have an online call center and continue to learn how to reach out to those in need.
- Sunset Gap Community Center
Sunset Gap is a “Christian-based organization uniting people of all faiths and providing programs that contribute to the physical, social, economic and spiritual growth of the people of Cocke and Sevier counties” in Tennessee. Coordinating home repairs, a thrift shop, food pantry and meal delivery program, Sunset Gap enhances the well-being of people in an impoverished area of Appalachia.
- Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Ending human trafficking will require building awareness and coordinating efforts in every community. San Francisco’s Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coaltion (BAATC) works to achieve a slave-free by coordinating the intervention, aftercare and prevention services in the community.
- Puente Community Resource Center
Puente is the only community resource center in south San Mateo County, California. This area’s farms employ many immigrant workers who cannot easily access social services. Puente offers programs in health and wellness, adult education, leadership development and employment, in addition to providing emergency resources for rent, utilities, clothing and toiletries.
Individuals may also give by phone or online.
Presbyterian Women in the Congregation groups should forward Together in Service gifts to the PW in the Presbytery treasurer according to the quarterly deadlines:
- March 10
- June 10
- September 10
- December 10
Download a remittance form for PW in the Congregations.
If you need contact information for your PW in the Presbytery treasurer, contact Presbyterian Women.
PW in the Presbytery treasurers should forward Together in Service gifts received from congregations to Presbyterian Women Churchwide (with the PW in the Presbytery Remittance form) according to the quarterly deadlines:
- March 15
- June 15
- September 15
- December 15
To ask a question or to learn more about the Together in Service, contact Rhonda Martin.