John 21: 17: Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?"
He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep."
MIPC's Mission Committee is a very active committee! We plan events to fundraise for our chosen mission projects, we embark on mission trips both in and out of the U.S.A., and we meet monthly to determine where to focus our energies. Here are our most recent committee updates:
Madagascar–This is the second year of our three-year commitment to Madagascar. The annual BIRP Mission Conference usually scheduled for February took place last October due to the availability of speakers. Please continue to pray for the people of Madagascar, our PCUSA partner church—The Church of Jesus Christ “FJKM,” and our mission co-workers (missionaries) Dr. Daniel and Elizabeth Turk and Jan Heckler. Dr. Turk focuses on a fruit tree project and agriculture while his wife works in the medical field specifically targeting Aids. Jan Heckler’s work is in the field of education/training teachers--“Teaching Methods That Really Work.”
News from Matthew 28 Orphanage in Bohoc, Haiti – Hein Vingerling recently sent news about their Christmas celebration. The party was attended by 130 of their kids, employees, and representatives from their 19 feeding centers. They played games, sang, and most importantly enjoyed a Christmas dinner. They arrived from sometimes hours away. This is a highlight of their year, and these are the kids and adults you love and support. Thank you for your care and dedication.
Family Promise – Many of you had the opportunity in a worship service in December to hear Tara Pagliarini speak about Family Promise, a program helping families transition from homelessness to independence. (Click here for their website.) On that same day three families including six children ranging in age from 4 months to 14 years were served dinner by MIPC volunteers at Riverside Presbyterian. In addition, volunteers from MIPC hosted families at Grace Methodist in January. Would you like to participate in these very rewarding experiences by either providing and serving a meal or hosting? If so, contact the church office for more information.
Another way to help the Family Promise effort is to join in their annual 5K race: “No Place Like Home.” Several of us did it last year and had a blast! You can run or walk, just go at your own pace. There are activities, food and live music following the race. It’s Friday, March 2 at 6 PM at the Church of Viera. Click here to register and choose the MIPC Group/Team.
Canned Food Drive – The canned food drive is ongoing! Please bring canned foods each week to the narthex. These will be delivered to and gratefully accepted by the Central Brevard Sharing Center.
Sharing Center of Central Brevard – Do you have some extra time? Volunteers are needed for donation sorting, food sorting, Back Pack Builds (February 6 and 20, March 6 and 20), and Food Give Away on February 16 (40 to 80 needed). Visit www.sharingcenter.org, or call the Sharing Center at (321) 631-0306 to volunteer.
2 Cents Per Meal – On the second Sunday, February 11, your donations can be placed in one of the cans in the narthex or in a pew envelope marking it “2 cents per meal.” Cans for your family to take home are available so that your change can conveniently be dropped in the can each day. What a wonderful habit to develop to help feed the hungry!