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Mission Outreach & Justice Committee (MOJC)

Chair: Rev. Krin Van Tatenhove, krinvan@sbcglobal.net

Purpose:

The Mission Outreach and Justice Committee (MOJC) encourages, supports, networks with connectional mission and ministry partnerships among congregations, regions, ecumenical and interfaith organizations to participate in the witness of the church of God's activity of Jesus Christ in the world through its life for others and to, promote and enable ministries of social, racial, and general justice, peacemaking, and self-empowerment throughout the congregations of MIssion Presbytery.

Grants:

2017 MOJC Grant Invitation
2017 MOJC Grant Guidelines
2017 MOJC Grant Request Form

 

Latest from the Johnsons:

Catch up with Charles and Melissa Johnson, missionaries whose home is Northwood Presbyterian Church, San Antonio.

 


Local Mission Highlight for June 2017
New Covenant Fellowship of Austin
Workers2Work Progam

Over 25,000 Austinites do not have access to a car. In this city, only one third of jobs are accessible via public transportation.  The surrounding cities like Round Rock, Georgetown, and Spicewood have no public transportation at all. For the past five years, Workers2Work has been providing access to jobs and job training to low wage earners in the simplest way possible.  We lend them a car.

Workers2Work is a turnkey solution that transforms lives, one car at a time by enabling nonprofits to provide loaner cars, for up to 3-years, effortlessly to their clients. A modest sponsorship is required to participate. The clients are responsible for gasoline, oil changes and monthly car insurance.

New Covenant Fellowship of Austin is a partner organization, helping provide transportation for friends of the church.

Check out the website for more information: www.workers2work.org

 


International Mission Highlight for April 2017
Parkway Presbyterian's Guatemala Partnership

2016 brought Parkway’s first trip to Hogar Miguel Magone (boys home) and Hogar Maria Auxilliadora (girls home) located just outside of Guatemala City. We connected with the non-profit Tree4Hope who supports the work of these orphanages and coordinates volunteer groups.  The session empowered a team of eight people to travel to Guatemala June 25 – July 2, 2016. Team Parkway participants were: Jimmy Clements, Michelle Clements, Scott Fauver, Emily Fauver, Kellie Jarvis, Bella Jarvis, Laura Neely, and Carlene Schleider.

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The team brought along donations for the hogar including over 30 quilts handmade by Carlene Schleider and her daughter Wendi, crocheted hats made by Molly Mauldin, socks and underwear collected and blessed by the congregation, and funds to purchase shoes for all the children.

At the hogar we met directors Karen and Estuardo and Tree4Hope leaders Savannah and David. While there our team did an array of tasks including clearing land, cleaning the roof of the girls’ dorm, painting a huge multicolored slide (see picture below), as well as purchasing some equipment needed for regular building maintenance. Macintosh HD:Users:lauraneely:Desktop:IMG_8282.jpg

Other time was spent playing and doing activities with the children. Those activities included lots of painting and coloring, making play-doh, and baking cookies. Children’s handprints were collected on fabric, and upon return to Corpus Christ, Carlene made the handprints into banner now displayed in the education wing – a reminder of our connection.

A goal of this trip was to examine ways that Parkway could continue foster a long-term mission partnership with the orphanage. The team learned about Hope Academy, a school for the girls in El Aguacate, the village around the orphanage. The team visited the site purchased for the future school – a working avocado farm.

Currently, plans are coming together to send another mission team to Guatemala to work with Tree4Hope in 2017.

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