Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church supports a variety of national and international missions both in person and through donation fundraisers. A brief description of each mission CMPC supports is provided below.
Ahli Arab Hospital, Gaza
Al Ahli Arab Hospital is the only Christian hospital in strife-torn Gaza area. With well-tended grounds, it is a haven of peace in the middle of one of the world’s most troubled places. The political status of Gaza affects all aspects of life here because of restrictions on movement of materials and people in and out of the facility. Electricity, medicines, food, fuel, and personnel are all restricted to some extent. Al Ahli Arab Hospital continues to provide some of the finest medical care available in the region. For example, Ahli runs completely free of charge a program for early detection of breast cancer among women over 40 years of age. Two programs deserve special mention: the center for elderly women and the mobile clinic program which twice weekly provides free medical care and food to people from surrounding towns and villages.
Association for Christian Conferences, Teaching, and Service ( ACCTS)
The ACCTS mission is to assist in the development of Christian leaders in the armed forces of the world and in the establishment and growth of military Christian fellowships. Today’s military personnel are at the forefront of peacekeeping and delivering humanitarian aid. With military personnel from so many countries stationed around the globe, there has never been a more strategic time to share the life-changing gospel of Christ with the semi-closed society of international military personnel. Positively changed lives among military personnel will result in positive changes for the nations of our world.
The Bethel Free Health Clinic
The Bethel Free Health Clinic is a faith-based medical clinic that serves the uninsured/underinsured in need of basic care and as well as medical treatment for chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension etc. Founded in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, it is located in Biloxi, MS. Originally run out of Bethel Lutheran Church, it has now built its own facility on the grounds of a city-run low income housing unit. The clinic consists of 2 intake rooms, 3 exam rooms, dispensary, waiting room, conference room and 2 offices. In 2012 over 2,700 were seen at the clinic. Funding for the clinic comes from many sources but primarily from the original grant related to the BP oil spill and support of several churches including local Presbyterian, Methodist and Lutheran churches.
Global Aid Network (GAIN)
No intervention has greater overall impact upon development and public health than safe drinking water and the proper disposal of human waste. Nearly two million people—mostly children—die each year of diarrhea caused by poor water and sanitation. GAIN works with the community leadership in poverty-stricken communities overseas to develop and carry out water and sanitation projects, including water wells, rain catchment, spring protection, point of use water filters, and construction of latrines and toilets. GAIN provides health and hygiene training with each project. CMPC is supporting a GAIN water purification project in Liberia, West Africa.
International Orthodox Christian Charities
IOCC is an international relief and development organization based in Towson that provides assistance to those in need worldwide. CMPC has been supporting IOCC’s emergency relief programs that help victims of the fighting in Syria. IOCC has offices and staff in Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria where it is currently helping thousands of families affected by the fighting with food packages, winterization projects, and healthcare interventions aimed at alleviating the suffering of women and children.
International Students Inc (ISI)
ISI exists to share Christ’s love with international collegiate and post-graduate students and to equip them for effective service in cooperation with the local church. ISI is a student-centered ministry designed in response to the needs of international students and their families, treating every student with dignity, compassion, and sensitivity. The M & LO Committee supports Tim and Lyn Newbranders, who are ISI staff in the Philadelphia area.
National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon
The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) grew out of PC(USA) outreach that began in 1823. Those early mission efforts helped to plant many of the early NESSL churches in Syria and Lebanon, to translate the entire Bible into Arabic (as well as print it in that language for the first time), and to establish educational institutions. The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon continues to witness Christ’s love and liberating message throughout Lebanon and Syria. Gifts to this project will help support the many varied ministries of the synod.
Memorial Christian Hospital, Sialkot, Pakistan
Memorial Christian Hospital (a.k.a. Mission Hospital) is a 300-bed facility that provides a full range of health services and specialized care in obstetrics and gynecology. The hospital supports a highly-respected nursing school and extensive educational programs in infant health, hygiene, sanitation, and rural health care. It was established in 1880 by the Presbyterian Church.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. (PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Its core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts. Program work includes long term recovery of disaster impacted communities and training and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods. PDA works collaboratively with church partners and members of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) internationally, and nationally with other faith based responders. It connects partners locally and internationally with key organizations active in the response — United Nations, NVOAD (National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster), World Food Program, Red Cross, FEMA and others.
Presbyterian Education Board – Pakistan
The Presbyterian Church’s involvement in education in Pakistan began by supporting primary school for girls in Sialkot in 1856 and continues to this day. Pakistan Education Board (PEB) is under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan and is supported by the Presbyterian Church USA. It provides high quality education based on Christian values to the local community. The scope of the Board extends to primary and secondary schools, higher education and vocational, professional and technical training. All students are educated to have a spirit of service and a quality of character that will enable them to contribute to society as citizen-leaders of their community, their church, their country and the world. CMPC provides a grant to PEB to continue its vital work in education.
In the fall of 2015, the Mission and Local Outreach Committee went through a process of discernment that led the members to conclude that CMPC should initiate a long term relationship with a missionary in the field. Research that was part of the discernment led the committee to the Rev. Michael Weller and his wife Rachel.
Michael and Rachel Weller were appointed in 1994 to serve in Ethiopia with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). Michael is the PC(USA)’s regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, where the PC(USA) works with partner churches in Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Rachel is health coordinator for the East and West Gambella Bethel Synods of the EECMY in western Ethiopia.
Rachel’s work with three medical clinics in one of the most remote parts of Ethiopia offers her many challenges, the largest of which is finding well-trained medical staff willing to live and work there. She is encouraged by the commitment of the East and West Gambella Bethel Synods to overcoming these obstacles so that the people of the area may have access to health care.
To read more about the Wellers’ work, please visit http://www.cmpcusa.org/the-wellers/