CARING HANDS INDIA - DHARWAD, INDIA
Founded in 1995, Caring Hands India is managed by Arun and Shobha Massey, assisted by their daughter Melissa. Arun is the son of Gabriel and Suzana Massey of Christian Outreach for Rural Nurture (CORN). Caring Hands India involves the following programs:
Homes for Children - Arun and Shobha and staff are raising some 62 girls and 10 boys in homes that provide these needy, underprivileged children with a safe, loving, Christian environment. The children range in age from 5 to 19 and can remain in their home until they graduate from high school.
Share and Care Project - Nearly 3,000 children participate in this after-school program at one of 42 Caring Hands Centers located in various villages. The staff encourages children to first attend school each day. Then staff at the centers assist the children with their school projects, teach them Bible stories and songs and engage with them in sports activities.
HIV /AIDS Ministry - Caring Hands offers counseling and food rations to temple prostitutes and their children who are suffering from HIV/AIDS on the condition that the women stop engaging in prostitution and thus help stop the spread of HIV.
Camps and Training - Caring Hands holds retreats for women, families and children on a regular basis. Through various activities and workshops they learn the love of God and subjects such as personal hygiene and nutrition. Valuable lessons in making clothes are held at a Tailoring Center.
Over the years, Arun and Shobha have visited Media Presbyterian Church several times and members of MPC have seen their work first-hand in India.
CHRISTIAN OUTREACH FOR RURAL NURTURE (CORN) - CHHATARPUR, INDIA
For many years the Rev. Dr. Gabriel Massey and his wife Suzana have carried a burden for the multitudes of downtrodden in the rural areas in their home state of Madhya Pradesh. In all facets of their ministry, which includes the following programs, evangelism is practiced and the gospel is preached. Over the years, Gabriel and Suzana have visited Media Presbyterian Church several times and members of MPC have seen their work first-hand in India. Their ministry provides the following:
Child Care - Child Care Centers in the villages of Moraha and Jhui Khadan each accommodate 30 children ranging in age from 5 to 13. Children learn Bible verses and staff holds worship services each Sunday.
Medical - Staff periodically teaches classes on proper child care as well as good health and hygiene practices. Medicines are provided to those in need.
Sewing Classes - Sewing classes for women and girls are conducted on a regular basis. Learning sewing skills enable these women and girls to make clothes for their own family and provides them with the opportunity to earn income and become self-sufficient.
Prison Ministry - Both men and women prisoners are visited on a regular basis.
Bundeli Bible Translation - Gabriel is part of a team that is translating the Bible into the Bundeli language. This effort, when completed, will enable some 46 million people to read the Bible in their own language.
Manager of the Christian English College: For the past 20 years, Gabriel has served as the Manager of this school, which is located in Chhatarpur and offers classes from kindergarten through 12th grade. The school has 2,000 students, 98% of whom are from non-Christian families, thus offering the opportunity to share Christian values and the message of salvation with these students.
Conferences - The Masseys hold conferences focusing on discipleship, evangelism and church planting for village church leaders on a regular basis.
COMPASSION CORPS - NORTHERN AFRICA
Compassion Corps is a coalition of concern, intent on alleviating suffering and advancing development in northern Africa through strategic partnerships with indigenous leaders who are already working and doing much good among their own people. Compassion Corps is currently partnering with local workers in Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Liberia, Tunisia, Egypt and Uganda. The Corps finds that the short-term trip approach allows them to build up, resource and encourage those leaders who are running their own ministries of compassion. During their trips, they strive to facilitate economic development and empower communities to improve their own circumstances through projects including educational initiatives, medical and construction work, training for women, children and youth activities, clean water projects and more.
Compassion Corps was co-founded around 2004 by Delaware County resident Beth McMillen. Its headquarters is in Chester Heights, PA. Many members of MPC have served on short-term trips and are also part of the Compassion Corps volunteer staff and board of directors.
CONEXION MOSAICO - MEXICO
ConeXion Mosaico is a Christian organization of believers who are passionate about living out God's Kingdom values of love, hope, and transformation in the heart of urban poverty. In 2006 leaders Jean-Luc and Shabrae Krieg moved to the slum community of Chimalhuacan in Mexico City to start their holistic ministry. Jean-Luc and Shabrae have visited Media and MPC members have served on a short-term team in Chimalhuacan.
CRU (CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST) - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Cru is the new name for the US branch of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Paul and Lori Dickason, members of MPC, have been serving with Cru in Hungary for many years. Lori is the middle school principal at the International Christian School of Budapest. Paul is a teacher, preacher, evangelist and disciple-maker both in Cru and in two new churches in Hungary.
MARANATHA CHURCH AND BOYS HOME - OOTY, INDIA
The ministry conducted by Pastor S. George and his wife Lysia provides the following:
Home for Boys - Pastor George, Lysia and their staff maintain a home, in their own house, for some 40 boys ranging in age from 4 to 19 years old. These boys, whose parents are either deceased or unable to raise them, are cared for until they graduate from high school. Financial support provided by our church helps pay for the boys' food, clothing, health needs, tuition and school supplies as well as all the costs related to maintaining their home. Individuals and families in our church provide additional necessary funds by sponsoring boys at a cost of $50.00 per month per boy. Anyone interested in learning more about this sponsorship program is encouraged to contact Howard Davis.
Planting Churches - Pastor George has successfully started 7 new churches in various villages outside of Ooty. It is rewarding and interesting to note that 3 of these churches are headed up by men who had been raised by Pastor George and Lysia.
Evangelism - Pastor George travels periodically within India and to Sri Lanka to share the good news of the gospel, meeting with church leaders and preaching in various churches.
Africa's Hope: ST. MICHAEL'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL - BEREKUM, GHANA
Wells for Relief International and MPC have recently partnered with Africa's HOPE in building St. Michael's Children's Hospital near Berekum, Ghana. Many MPC members have accompanied Dave on short-term trips for hospital construction work; recently a team including medical personnel helped dedicate the Ann Bates Memorial Section of the building (the late Dr. Bates was an MPC member). Dr. Douglas and Mrs. Esther Yeboah-Awusi are the founders of Africa’s HOPE, Inc. (USA) and AfriHOPE Missions (Ghana).
LIFETIME WELLS INTERNATIONAL - GHANA
Wells for Relief International, Inc is a non-profit corporation with a mission to alleviate the suffering of people around the world caused by inadequate and unsafe water supplies. It was co-founded by Mark Mills and David Powell in 2004 in an effort to use the skills and resources that God has given them to help alleviate the suffering and death caused by unsafe drinking water. Its current focus is in Ghana, West Africa. Dave is a member of Media Presbyterian Church and many MPC members have accompanied him on short-term trips to work on water projects in Ghana and Morocco. Watch the videos below to find out more information.