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Serve Around The Globe

Christ calls us to reach out to those in need and spread the Good News about Him. Members of Second Presbyterian Church act as the hands and feet of Christ through service to others. 

Second Presbyterian Church has many service-oriented ministry teams, working within our church congregation, in our city and around the world.

If you have a particular mission interest that is not represented, please contact Rev. David Berry to discuss how to form a new ministry team.

Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow

Elder George Srour, who is a member of Second and our Commissioned Missional Leader, is the founder and chief dreamer of Building Tomorrow, a ministry committed to building schools in underserved areas of Uganda that will ultimately educate 51,000 children. Building Tomorrow has broken ground on its 50th school. Second Church is being challenged to raise $35,000 to build a school in Uganda.
 

Learn more at buildingtomorrow.org.

 

Building Tomorrow
by George Srour
 
Sitting in the back pew while home for the holidays, congregant and then-Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Jim Morris, shared his vision for a school feeding program launched in countries throughout the developing world. Intrigued by the program and without a clue as to how I’d spend my subsequent summer, I asked Dr. Joan Malick to help me explore the potential of interning with WFP.
 
Six months later, courtesy of a grant from Second’s Mission Committee, I was en route to Rome to work in WFP’s global headquarters. My time was punctuated by a stint at WFP’s East Africa regional office in Kampala where I saw WFP’s efforts on-the-ground first hand.
 
The idea for Building Tomorrow was formed while on a site visit in Kampala—seeing that school feeding program in place and realizing ‘school’ looked a whole lot different for me than it did for kids in Uganda. And I couldn’t shake the feeling there was something I could do about that very realization. As they say, the rest of the story is history.
 
At every juncture, Second has stood behind the work of Building Tomorrow and the vision that still guides us today. From hosting an initial conversation to critique our business plan, to organizing immersion trips for college students, to consistently supporting operating costs in Uganda, the Second community has propelled Building Tomorrow to where it is today.
 
One of the most poignant life lessons Second taught me is gifts come in all different shapes and sizes. Some of the greatest gifts we’ve received at Building Tomorrow have come when fellow congregants have given of their time. Volunteers have licked their fair share of envelopes. Friends have decorated venues in preparations for our biggest event of the year. Engineers have spent two weeks on the ground redesigning our own construction standards.
 
Second is Building Tomorrow. Today, more than 33,000 students, a third of which were out-of-school when Building Tomorrow reached them, are benefitting from our programming. Behind each one of those students are the innumerable ways Second has wrapped its arms around the work of Building Tomorrow.

 


Dominican Republic 
Solid Rock International

Dominican Republic 
Solid Rock International

Second has entered into a new partnership with Solid Rock International outreach, wrapping God’s arms around our Caribbean neighbors. This relationship allows for families to visit the Dominican Republic in the gorgeous western mountains of San Juan de la Maguana, where you will participate in clinics, schools, construction, and fellowship, sightseeing, as well as share baseball, soccer, and other passions, and learn mission beyond Indiana. No Spanish-speaking knowledge is needed. Accommodations are “muy comodo” (comfortable). Cuisine is delicious! God is good!

Questions? Call Bill Sando 317-442-7408/ bsando@comcast.net  Much information available! 

Check out www.solidrockinternational.org for more information. Read how our relationship with Solid Rock International started.

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Kenya: Global Interfaith Partnership

Kenya: Global Interfaith Partnership

Second is a founding member of the Global Interfaith Partnership, a coalition of congregations, schools and families from central Indiana and Chulaimbo, Kenya working together to respond to the needs of Chulaimbo's vulnerable children.

In 2007 local congregations joined together to form GIP to work with the Chulaimbo community in western Kenya, which was particularly hard hit by extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDs epidemic. GIP focuses on education and addressing the obstacles that prevent students from attending school. The annual Kenya Carnival is presented by area middle and high school students to provide tuition and educational expenses for Kenyan students served by GIP.
 

How your donation helps:

  • $5 will buy a month’s worth of lamp kerosene needed for studying.
  • $12 will buy the primary school uniform needed to attend school.
  • $12 will buy one year supply of feminine hygiene products that will allow a girl to attend school regularly.
  • $20 will buy a month’s suppply of maize and beans for the children.
  • $75 will buy a secondary school uniform and supplies.
  • $325 will provide tuition and expenses for a year.
  • $750 builds a semi permanent home for a family.

Kenya Carnival is a fundraiser of STEP UP (Student Education Program of Umoja Project) of Global Interfaith Partnership. All proceeds go to pay educational expenses for students in western Kenya. The Kenya Carnival brings dozens of faith-based congregations, organizations, and schools together to raise awareness and money for orphans and vulnerable children in Western Kenya as part of the Umoja Project.

For more information, contact us at globalinterfaithpartnership@gmail.com or check out our website at GlobalInterfaithPartnership.org.


Kenya: Riley Mother Baby Hospital

Second members Jim and Pam Lemons led the effort to raise money and build a first class mother and baby hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, bringing the first neonatal facility to East Africa. The Riley Mother Baby Hospital opened in March 2009, and more than 20,000 babies are delivered there each year. 
 

For more information about the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital, contact Jim Lemons.

 

 


Kenya Chaplaincy Program

Kenya Chaplaincy Program

Second partnered with Christian Theological Seminary and other congregations to support the establishment of a Chaplaincy program at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. The innovative program of Moi University is revolutionizing the way pastoral care is provided to patients and families.

Kenya Ministries

Kenya Ministries

Second members have been involved in the IU-Kenya Partnership since its inception in 1989. Throughout the years various members of the Second community have spent time in Eldoret, Kenya with the medical facility and have been instrumental in other programs as they have evolved.
 
David and Emily Matthews lived in Eldoret for five years while David worked with IU School of Medicine and Moi University to establish the surgery department at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and also helped to develop the surgery curriculum.
 
While in Kenya, the Matthews helped with the construction of two operating theaters funded by Second members. Dr. Joan Malick and Dr. George and Peggy Rapp attended the dedication of the operating facility.
 
The Riley Mother Baby Hospital opened in Eldoret in 2009. Inspired by a family visit to Eldoret, Second members Jim and Pam Lemons spearheaded efforts to fund and build this advanced facility, which provides for the delivery of 20,000 newborn babies a year. It has operating rooms for an average of 16 cesarean deliveries each day, and it has one of the largest functioning NICU’s (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) in all of East Africa with an average daily census of more than 100 critically ill newborn infants. Kenyan doctors, nurses, and staff direct and provide all of the patient care.
 
The Kenyan Chaplaincy Training Center was initiated in 2010 to train experienced chaplains in Kenya to be able to support patients in the hospital, to bridge between medical staff and the families, to be nonjudgmental and inclusive (interfaith and intertribal), to listen and support. Eventually the goal is to build exchange programs between Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and the Kenyan Training Center in both directions, for students and faculty. Second members have been instrumental in bringing the chaplaincy program to fruition.
 
As members have spent time in the African country, they have responded to the needs identified by Kenyan partners, such as help for street children in Eldoret and aid for orphaned children who had been abandoned at the hospital.
 
In 2007 many of the Indianapolis congregations who had ties to Kenya joined together to help the residents of western Kenya in a more coordinated way. Second was a founding member of Global Interfaith Partnership, created to address the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Chulaimbo, an area of extreme poverty that had been particularly hard hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
 
Global Interfaith Partnership’s Umoja Project focuses on keeping children in school and addressing the obstacles that might hinder their success. Program areas include:
  • The school lunch program, which provides a daily nutritious meal to 3,200 children in 18 primary schools,
  • Student Education Program of Umoja Project (STEP UP), providing secondary school tuition for 100 students to attend high school each year, and
  • Girls Empowerment Team of Umoja Project (GET UP), which provides support and encouragement to adolescent girls, who face even more challenges in getting an education.
In 2008 a group of families with middle and high school students hosted the first Kenya Carnival at Second. This annual event involves interfaith students from throughout the city who work together to help their Kenyan peers. All proceeds from the event support secondary school tuitions (STEP UP).
 
Three groups of youth, including Second high school students, have travelled to Kenya to spend time in the GIP project area getting to know their Kenyan counterparts. Other groups, such as a 2011 delegation of women and several families, have also spent time in the area.
 
Second’s longstanding relationships with our friends in Kenya continue to evolve and deepen over time. As we listen to the needs of our Kenyan partners, we are able to respond and learn together how to live out Christ’s challenge to help those in need.

 

 


Malawi

Malawi

Each fall the children of Second collect money to build wells in Malawi. More than a dozen wells have been funded in the last decade.
 
A group of young adults visited Malawi in 2016 to explore the opportunity for mission partnership.

 


Presbyterian Education Board, Pakistan

Presbyterian Education Board, Pakistan

The Presbyterian Education Board (PEB) operates more than a dozen schools in the Punjab region of Pakistan near the border with India. Veeda Javaid, executive director of PEB Pakistan, visited Second in February 2010.

The Presbyterian Church has had a presence in India/Pakistan providing schools and hospitals since 1850s. The Presbyterian schools have been very well regarded.

In 1972 the Pakistan government took over the Presbyterian schools. Quality and facility maintenance declined, and PCUSA recently regained control of schools. In PEB schools Christians & Muslims learn together so that they learn tolerance as well as the academic curriculum.

In Pakistan, only 13% of women are literate. When the government ran the schools, people were considered "literate" if they could read and write their name. The PEB is dedicated to not just providing education, but providing quality education.

The PEB boarding schools are for "poorest of the poor." Veeda's mother attended one of these boarding schools, and both Veeda and her sister are educators.

In recent years, educators have noticed a cultural shift wherein more Pakistani men are wanting their daughters to attend school. As Veeda says, "When you educate a female, you educate a woman. When you educate a woman, you educate a nation."

Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta organizes an annual teacher-training trip to Pakistan.  Educators from throughout the U.S. go to Pakistan to train PEB teachers.

More information about PEB is available at www.friendsofpeb.org and www.peb.edu.pk

S.H.E.
In a society where "honor killing" is still prevalent, S.H.E. (Struggle, Hope, Empowerment) offers help to women at risk of being victims of violence or abuse. These women learn skills and participate in workshops to make goods, which are sold to support their families. S.H.E. also provides an opportunity to discuss health issues and family planning.
 
S.H.E. started in 2006, already has programs in 20 communities.
 
More information is available at www.peb.edu.pk/SHE_PROJECT/


Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez
Mission Co-Workers in The Philippines

Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez
Mission Co-Workers in The Philippines

Follow the work of Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez as they serve as mission co-workers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).