OPeration Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Our mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
2018’s Program launches October 14, and the collection date is November 11.
We of the Walla Walla Presbyterian Church Sewing Group strive to Glorify God and be a blessing by sewing to meet the needs of others in our community and in other places: banners for the church; hats and small pillows for the Walla Walla cancer center with others at Walla Walla Sew & Vac and Spas; pillows for students at a school for the blind in Colorado with Whitman College Delta Gamma; dresses and shorts for children in Haiti and parts of Africa. We find fellowship and encouragement in working together to meet the needs of others as opportunities arise.
We are a supporting church and in regular communication with Doug and Elaine Baker, Mission Co-Workers working toward reconciliation between Protestants and Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland. We believe the ministry of Jesus Christ is a ministry of reconciliation - reconciling us to God and to one another. There is a particular command from Jesus that his followers love one another in the same way that Jesus has loved us. Presbyterians in the United States have a rich heritage and history with Presbyterians in Northern Ireland, and we are particularly interested and invested in the effort toward reconciliation that is taking place there.
We work with Craig and Shelly Rice who are missionaries in Latin America. Craig serves with ProMETA (Masters degree Program in Accessible Theological Education) furthering the education of Latin-American church leaders. Shelley’s passion is to serve women, families, and children from marginal communities and works with numerous different organizations.
Missionaries David and Karen Eubank and their family have been working among the Wa people in the mountains of northeastern Burma since the mid 90’s in response to a call by the foreign minister who journeyed to Thailand asking for missionaries to come and evangelize his people. The Wa are traditionally a hill-tribe people who grow opium as their main crop and who worship spirits. They were headhunters until the late 1970’s and only recently ceased to be communist. David and Karen, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, oversee the Wa Old Testament translation project, and the Wa Youth Hostel there. They are leaders in a new and exciting outreach ministry, Christians Concerned for Burma, which is supported in part by Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship. David and Karen have made many risky trips across the border from Thailand into Burma teaching, preaching, planting Christian churches, and founding the Good Life Club for native Wa children. They are also very involved with ministry to the internally displaced people along the Thai-Burma border, who are victims of ethnic oppression by the Burmese government. The Eubanks’ frequent reports to us describe how they organize teams of medics, pastors, and teachers who travel inside Burma carrying Bibles, hymnals, medicine, and educational supplies.
We also assist in support and education of 13 of the orphaned refugee children displaced from northern Burma to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Our two main areas of interest are the Pakistan Bible Correspondence Institute and the Pakistan Christian Recording Ministries. Shamshad Khokhar is involved with the work of the Bible Correspondence Institute and their efforts to provide Christian literature and teaching to Muslims through correspondence classes and retreats. Edgar Pace directs the Christian Recording Ministries, broadcasting Christian programs into Pakistan as well as overseeing the recording of Christian cassettes. For many seekers in this Muslim-controlled country, this ministry is their only contact with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Presbyterian Related Colleges
Our church is involved in support of higher education through contributions to Whitworth Universityin Spokane, Washington. In addition, our Presbyterian Women’s organization provides scholarship funds each year to youth from our church who are attending Whitworth University.
Traditionally, our church has been supportive of individuals from our congregation who have felt God’s call to the ministry. If you feel the call to pursue ordination via a Seminary education, please contact us.
Child Sponsorship, International Child Care Ministries
Currently our congregation supports two children through International Child Care Ministries. The Mission Committee sponsors one of the children, and our own Sunday School Children sponsor the other child as they learn about our global connection as a caring, Christ-centered community of believers.