In 2015, we will answer the call to show jesus' love to the world by offering our prayers and financial support to the Community of St. Therese of Lisieux (CSTL) and the Betheseda Christian Community Center. Both groups minister to women affected by poverty and violence. CSTL leads women in Memphis, Tennessee, from prostitution, addiction and trafficking to self-reliance and wholeness. Bethesda reashes out to women in violence-riddled neighborhoods of Barranquilla, Columbia. Additional information about each follows.
Betheseda Christian Community Center improves lives of disabled and abused women and children who live in the impoverished neighborhood of El Poor Fin in Barranquilla. Your gift to this year's Birthday Offering will help Seventh Presbyterian Church build a new community center to replace the inadequate structure that the church currently uses for its programs. Your gift will also support the expanded programs in tutoring, sports, culture and Bible study, and help build a kitchen and storeroom so that the community center can provide meals to more women and children.
(Barranquilla is a city and municipality located in northern Colombia. It is the only major city in South America that was populated before its formal foundation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barranquilla)
The Community of St. Therese of Lisieux (CTSL) is a nonprofit, two-year residential community in Memphis, TN, specifically created to address the needs of women seeking to learn a new way of life after surviving prostitution, human trafficking and addiction. Its ecumenical, community-based project, Breaking Free, provides support and education for these women helping those live lives of productive service to themselves and others. CSTL provides food, clothing and shelter to the women it serves, coordinates various types of medical care for them and works with them to transition to independence. Your gift will allow CSTL to purchase and renovate the property it is currently leasing and buy equipment for training and vocational skills development.
Please give generously to the 2015 P.W. Birthday Offering which will be received Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, 2015. Thanking you in advance!
WHAT IS THE BIRTHDAY OFFERING?
Presbyterian women have a long tradition for caring for others and helping those in need. Ever since Hallie Paxson Winsborough, in 1922, challenged each member of the Women's Auxiliary of the PCUS to give a penny for each year of her life as a "birthday gift" for Miss Dowd's School for Girls in Japan, Presbyterian Women's Birthday offering has helped fund mission projects that improve the lives of women and children around the world.
While the projects and donation amounts have changed, Presbyterian Women's commitment to improving the lives of others has not. We continue to need broad, consistent support from Presbyterian women and others in order to continue funding projects..