…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
Through global mission at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, we are in partnership to know, love and work alongside people of the world. We unite with people whose voices are not heard or respected; people who want to learn and have no school; people who struggle with desperate conditions…
And we discover our common humanity. We discover that Jesus lives in all of us. And we discover a sense of humility as our blindness lifts and our hearts are opened.
Examples of global partner organizations
Wellshire Church builds relationships with diverse ministry partners across the globe. Our causes range from medical care to safe drinking water. The following list represents many of the non-profit organizations that we support around the world. Wellshire’s Local and Global Ministries overlap in their partnerships with some of the same organizations; view the Local Opportunities for a growing list of Wellshire-supported causes.
Habitat for Humanity International
Affordable housing (eliminating poverty and homelessness)
Crisis support, literacy programs, and education reform in schools in Haitian communities
Lomagundi Clinic Mission Partnership (Denver Presbytery)
Medical clinic in Zimbabwe, Africa
PCUSA Worldwide Ministries
Wellshire’s Fair Shake Shoppe
International Fair Trade products sold at Wellshire to fairly support indigenous artisans
Wellshire’s Green Group
Supporting Golgotha Church in Moscow, Russia
Seeking Common Ground/
Building Bridges for Peace
Teaches youth peace-building and leadership development, especially between cultures in conflict
Souper Bowl of Caring
Utilizes Super Bowl weekend to mobilize youth to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities
Operation Christmas Child
Demonstrates God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world through an annual shoebox gift drive
Creates prayer shawls and dolls for women and children in areas of conflict around the world
Compassionate Volunteers Foundation
Zimbabwe orphan education
United Nations – PCUSA
Presbyterian Church (USA) liaison office at the United Nations
General Assembly Mission Council – PCUSA
Mission and ministry agency of the PCUSA
Microfinance organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by connecting people through lending
Zimbabwe Mission Partnership
Provides food and education to 1,000 orphans in rural Zimbabwe
Our mission co-workers and “pastors in partnership”
Through the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Presbytery of Denver, we partner with mission coworkers (professional missionaries), as well as pastors in partnership. These individuals include:
- Ellen and Al Smith: Moscow, Russia.
Young Adult Medical Mission Experiences
Several young adults affiliated with Wellshire have served communities internationally with a medical focus:
Wellshire’s Global Service Ministries invests in microloans to address world poverty through Kiva. This method of lending began in the 1970s in Bangladesh. An economist named Mohammed Yunus discovered that people needed capital to start new businesses. He began making small loans to people; the results were so successful that he founded a bank for microlending that now has branches all over the world. Yunus was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work.
The Wellshire Microfinance committee is a group of dedicated people who enjoy coming together every other month to try and help make a difference in the lives of people all around the world by using the organization Kiva to find and fund micro-loans. There are three ways you can get involved:
2) Join the Wellshire team at www.kiva.org/team/Wellshire_Microfinance. You make the loans yourself but get to participate in the larger Wellshire group. Currently we have 56 members.
3) Make a donation to the restricted fund, which the committee members invest at their regular meetings.
Contact Katy Fink-Johnson at email@example.com for details. Hope to see you at our next meeting!
Visit the KIVA blog to learn more.