Church KIVA Loans

The Fond du Lac Presbyterian Microloan Partnership began as an extension of the First Presbyterian Church Outreach Team in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA. We invite other church members, families, friends, and anyone else believing in our mission to join us. We share a love for Christ and a passion for empowering others to eliminate poverty throughout the world.

A recent loan was to Rebecca, a married woman with five children. She is a very hard working entrepreneur. Rebecca is 54 years old and has one child who is still in school.

Rebecca KIVA Loan

Rebecca has a business raising livestock in the Philippines. Rebecca requested a PHP 12,000 loan through NWTF to buy additional livestock, feed and other supplies for her livestock.

Rebecca has been in this business for 10 years. Rebecca would like to save enough to provide a secure future for her family. More in formation on Rebecca can be found by clicking HERE.

This link HERE shows the other loans we have been involved in.

Prayer and Advocacy for Peace in Sudan

Rev. Debbie Braaksma, Africa Area Coordinator, Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA)  reported from the February 2014 All Africa Council of south-sudan-woman-cooks-in-a-refugee-camp_medium250Churches  meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia of dialogue with leaders of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS).

One of the stories she recounted of courageous witness of the PCOSS was as they sheltered 6,000 people of all ethnicities ( Nuer, Dinka, Shilluk, Anuak and Murle) in their church compounds. Moderator Peter Gai positioned himself at the gate of the PCOSS compound strongly refusing entry to the soldiers who wanted to come in looking for certain people saying “there are no enemies here”. The situation he described in Malakal and many other parts of South Sudan is very bleak, they told about the horrific conditions of the tens of thousands who are in refugee camps.

As a ceasefire was declared on January 23, between Sudan and South Sudan.  Our sisters and brothers in South Sudan need our prayers as they seek to move into a future of justice and peace.  Your prayers are requested for those who mourn the loss of loved ones, for those injured in the conflict, for political and religious leaders, and for all who work for peace and justice.

In addition to prayer, Presbyterians are encouraged to:

Sharing warm clothes, food and God’s love at Loaves and Fishes – Dec 30, 2013

Assembling chicken barbeque sandwiches at Loaves and Fishes site on December 30, 2013

Assembling chicken barbeque sandwiches

A group of youth and adults from First Presbyterian served a delicious meal on December 30 at Loaves and Fishes for the 4th time in 2013.

Sharing warm mittens and hats at Loaves and Fishes on December 30, 2013

Sharing warm mittens and hats

Mittens, hats and scarves from the Mitten Tree collection during Advent were gratefully accepted by guests on that cold December evening.  Thanks to Lisa Warntjes and Carla Hilbert for their continued leadership and organization of this outreach mission.

Call to prayer for South Sudan

We received the following message from Rev John today, December 23, 2013:
Dear Friends, by God’s grace I have survived heavy fighting in Juba and I am now in Uganda with family. I came from South Sudan before yesterday. Thanks a lot for your concern and prayers for me. God has answered your prayers.

Thanks, John Tubuwa

For the Second Christmas in a row Rev John Tubuwa and other leaders and members of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCoSS) and mission personnel from the PCUSA are facing war rather than peace in their land.  We are asked to pray for them and for peace in their country.

Gracious God,
We lift before you the people of South Sudan who are in the midst of a political and security crisis. Two years ago, we rejoiced with them as they gained independence and became the world’s newest nation  and now our hearts are heavy as we hear the news of deep conflict which could destroy all they have striven for.  We mourn with those who have lost loved ones in this current unrest, with the children and adults who have become traumatized again and again, for those who are injured, imprisoned and hiding.   God of reconciliation, send your Spirit of unity and peace to speak to the hearts of those who are inciting violence.  Keep our church partners and mission personnel safe and be their ‘rock” as they look to you for strength and guidance. Be with our partners the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church, RECONCILE , the South Sudan Council of Churches and Across. Strengthen them with the power of your Holy Spirit as they witness to the strong love of Christ, advocating for peace and justice  in a situation that is only hopeful because we follow a resurrected Christ. In whose name we pray, Amen

For information about the Presbyterian Church USA and our relationship to the Presbyterian Church in South Sudan CLICK THIS LINK

For everyone who needs background on the conflict in South Sudan,  CLICK THIS LINK



Sudanmap from pcusa

Back to School 2013

Back to School 2013 invited members of First Presbyterian Church to help provide school supplies for needy children in the Fond du Lac area. 

 Back to School 2013 is this year aligning with the Loaves & Fishes organization of Fond du Lac, an organization dedicated to supporting needy families with meals and food each week and each month in the year.  August 24, 2013 is the day of our annual distribution of backpacks and school supplies.

BACK TO SCHOOL 2013 is dedicated to helping over 1,000 students in need receive school supplies so that every child can start the school year ready to learn.  You can help by donating school supplies at area churches, The Salvation Army, the Boys & Girls Club, and Fill the Bus drives going on in the community in the months of June and July. A list of some of the supplies includes: Backpacks,  Colored pencils,  Compasses,  Crayola Classic markers,  Erasers,  Decks of cards,  Dry erase markers,  Glue,  Glue sticks,  Graph paper,  Highlighters,  Paints,  Pencils,  Pencil boxes,  Pencil cases,  Pocket folders,  Scientific calculators,  Scissors,  Watercolors,  Wide-ruled spiral notebooks

Anticipated costs this year include $15,000 for backpacks with another $15,000 +  needed for glue, pocket folders, pencils/pens, notebooks, binders, rulers, crayons, paper and miscellaneous supplies. Monetary donations can be mailed to Back to School 2013 (with Loaves and Fishes on the memo line), PO Box 644, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-0644.

BTS 2013 is also requesting help from volunteers to help children select school supplies for their personal backpacks the day of the distribution, August 24th which this year will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of FDL.    In addition volunteers are needed to help sort and inventory donated supplies several times during July and August.  To learn more about volunteering Like us on Face book at BacktoSchoolFDLarea.

Outreach – Food for Freedom Drive

Thank you to everyone who gave or participated in Food for Freedom Drive.


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Fond du Lac Designated 32nd Fair Trade Town In USA

Just Fare Coffee

A life changing trip to Chiapas, Mexico to learn about Fair Trade and a heartfelt response to the invitation to tell the story of how hard these small scale farmers work  and their desire to be paid enough to buy medicine when their children are sick and to send their children to school had an impact on growing the Fair Trade movement in Fond du Lac.

Through the generosity of First Presbyterian Church giving space and numerous other support,  Just Fare Market incorporated as a non-stock corporation in April 2007; in spite of limited space and open hours, the Market thrived and became the leader for Fair Trade in Fond du Lac.  Volunteers put in countless hours, not only in the store, but in “taking the show on the road” to various community events.  This was invaluable in building community awareness and support of the Fair Trade movement.

In September 2011, Just Fare Market moved to a new site, part of Pioneer Plaza at Peebles on the north end of Fond du Lac.  The new location gave credibility to the store as it became recognized as part of the business community. Just Fare was also accepted as a member of the Fair Trade Federation.  The Just Fare Market Board of Directors gave full support to seeking designation of a Fair Trade Town.

In early 2012, a steering committee formed to set goals and a time line.  Thanks to the energy and insight of the committee members and Fair Trade supporters, Fond du Lac achieved their goals ahead of schedule and received designation as a Fair Trade Town on January 30, 2013.

Finding volunteers who have the time to match their interest can be a challenge.  The steering committee was small, but thanks to ongoing recruiting efforts, the committee continues to grow.   Tapping into the expertise of the Fair Trade Education Committee, presentations are made to schools, service clubs, businesses, and governmental bodies.  Important community awareness of Fair Trade and the Fair Trade Towns Initiative is building, bringing more businesses and organizations into the Fair Trade fold.

Working on the Steering Committee from First Presbyterian Church have been Jim Hubbard, Roger Rigterink and Carol Smith.  Others on the committee have been Ellen Swan, Anne Lemke, Diana Beck, Tom Fridel, Kathy Strong-Twohig, and Emma Bruden.  Steering committee members make personal visits to Fair Trade businesses and organizations to present the Fair Trade window sticker for display.  During the visit, Fair Trade representatives offer information on the Fair Trade movement, highlight how working together can expand a business, and offers a presentation to employees of the business to increase their knowledge of and commitment to the Fair Trade movement.  On Thursday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m.  during International Fair Trade Week, City officials, Fair Trade businesses and organizations, and Fair Trade supporters will celebrate the Fair Trade Town Fond du Lac designation with a ribbon cutting on the steps of City Hall.

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, with a population of 44,000, is the 32nd city in the U. S. to be named a Fair Trade Town, and the 3rd in Wisconsin.  Check out our website at