Laiza is a 24-year-old young woman. She is married with two children and is living in the Chiredzi District of Zimbabwe. She is a Camfed Learner Guide volunteering at her local secondary school, teaching a weekly life skills class. She has also grown her poultry business to its current capacity, producing about 50 broiler birds every six weeks and selling them to the local residents. Laiza would very much like to increase her sales volume to improve her income and her family’s quality of life. She will use the Kiva loan to purchase more broiler chicks and chick feed to increase production.
Click HERE to learn more about this loan made by our Outreach team.
Back to School Fond du Lac
It is still a little early in summer to think about school this fall but, it is time to start collecting money and school supplies to help families read on
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 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.
Rev. Debbie Braaksma, Africa Area Coordinator, Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) reported from the February 2014 All Africa Council of Churches 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:
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
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.
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.
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