Guatemala: Esperanza is Cary Presbyterian’s unique international work in Guatemala. We are encouraged by successes with initial projects in our burgeoning mission partnership with the indigenous people of Guatemala, the Maya, who have been consistently marginalized by several in-country factors: the civil war that ended only 20 years ago, prejudice, and remoteness. Currently we are focused on an agricultural sustainability project to improve and expand growing crops in the highland town of Nimasac through a Covenantal Partnership with Monte Sinai Iglesia Presbyteriana. Other developing programs include supporting education and providing scholarships, and technology delivery and education, which requires some construction. Check us out on Facebook: Esperanza Guatemala Missions.
How to help: Consider traveling with us to Guatemala (partial scholarships are available). Our next trip is likely to be late winter, early spring of 2017. Since our mission in Nimasac is relationship-based, it is important that we visit there to form or continue the relationships. Join the Esperanza team to help with strategic planning and financial development. Direct donations are appreciated. Occasional school supplies or health donations are solicited. Contact: Debbie Fritz, firstname.lastname@example.org or staff member Medora Hix, email@example.com.
Fair Trade Coffee
CPC proudly serves and sells Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and olive oil through the Presbyterian Coffee Project. Churches can now reach out to our neighbors overseas not only with the prayers and offerings we give, but with the goods and services we purchase. Buying fair trade through the Presbyterian Coffee Project ensures that more of the money we spend on coffee reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow it. Coffee is available for sale near the Fellowship Hall on All Together Sundays (the last Sunday of each month). Contact: Medora Hix, firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds support Esperanza.
Haiti: CPC provides financial assistance to three faith groups who serve Haiti:
• Family Health Ministries’ mission is community directed, building relationships with Haitian leaders for health care needs and follows up with resources. Office and gala planning is needed by volunteers, as well as healthcare mission team participation. Contact: Heather Robinson, email@example.com
• Haiti Fund, working through CODEP [Comprehensive Development Project], works in reforestation, agricultural jobs, community education and work groups, supporting 1400 Haitian farmers, and clean water and home building projects. Interns and volunteer groups are needed as is financial support. Contact: John Winings, firstname.lastname@example.org, or CPC member Jim Sylivant, email@example.com.
• Hearts with Haiti fosters a brighter future for young people in Haiti through the homes of the St. Joseph family. Contact: Geoffrey Hamlyn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop Hunger Now: Intergenerational teams meet in a fun atmosphere at the church to pack 10,000 meals for school lunches around the world (including Guatemala and Haiti) at certain scheduled times during the year. The meals provide nutrition and encourage school attendance. Sign-up sheets will be provided. Contact: Beth Cleveland, betty[at]nc.rr.com. For more about Stop Hunger Now, which is headquartered in Raleigh, http://www.stophungernow.org/ .
Missionaries: Our church currently supports Dan and Elizabeth Turk in Madagascar. Dan Turk works on reforestation and other environmental projects in Madagascar. His wife, Elizabeth, is a nurse and works with a variety of public health projects. For more information contact Beth Cleveland, email@example.com.