The Kingston Presbyterian Church supports a wide range of ministries locally and around the world to encourage spiritual growth, provide healthcare, enable education, and more. 10% of funds raised for the Steeple Renovation will go to the Mission budget for these projects.
KPC has supported most of these ministries for decades and in some cases they grew out of members or friends who worshipped here during their formative years. See the church website and those of supported organizations for more information: http://kingstonpresbyterian.org/ministries/missions/.
HAITI FRIENDS FOR HEALTH IN HAITI “improves the health status of the people of Haiti through high-quality health care provided in a caring, compassionate and respectful manner as a means of demonstrating God’s love in this world and as a reflection of our faith in Jesus Christ.” Kingston Presbyterian Church supports life-long member and medical missionary Dr. Catherine Wolf through the Friends for Health in Haiti by donating funds as well as supporting mission trips to help in the day to day operation of her clinic and in the construction projects underway. Members of the Kingston Presbyterian Church have been privileged to join Dr. Wolf in Haiti 8 times. In January 2013, 6 members of the congregation were joined by 8 members of the Hopewell and Nassau Presbyterian churches for a work camp sponsored by the Mission Committee of the New Brunswick Presbytery. Other groups visit, too. Our last trip was in January 2014 and the next one is planned for February.
FRANCE WORLD TEAM “glorifies God by working together to establish reproducing churches focusing on the unreached people of the world.” David Riddell, current International Director of World Team, grew up attending Kingston Presbyterian Church and eventually felt called into ministry. He and his wife, Becky, joined World Team in 1986 while he was attending Westminster Theological Seminary. David moved up in the organization, becoming Field Director of France in 1995, Europe Area Director in 2005, and World Team’s International Director in 2008. David continues to maintain close ties with many KPC members who have known him throughout his life and continue to support his work.
INDIA NEW LIFE ASSOCIATES, in rapidly growing Hyderabad, is led by Rev. Kishore Joseph and his wife, Dr. Marie Joseph, Medical Director. It has transformed the lives of the poor through medical clinic treatment and spiritual growth. The mission includes the Trinity Cathedral Church, a hospital, a conference center, and the New Life Ministry Centre. Ministries include:
SOUTH SUDAN OPERATION NEHEMIAH, in the South Sudan, is doing everything possible to help rebuild the family, the church, and the community as the country rebounds from 25 years of bloody war. Founder, William Levi, experienced first-hand the atrocities of war as his father was martyred and his large family forced into exile. After earning a degree in manufacturing engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, William was called by God while reading the Book of Nehemiah to return to South Sudan to establish Operation Nehemiah Missions as a voice for the voiceless South Sudanese who were suffering at the hands of the Northern Islamic Regime. They have a Christian radio station that sends the Gospel out over the airwaves and have also launched relief efforts for refugee camps. Among their varied programs is a plan to conduct literacy training for parents to equip them for homeschooling and biblical nation building. In November 1997, William testified before the Specter- Wolfe Senate Committee on the atrocities in The Sudan, and participated in U.S. policy changes for implementation of the Sudan Peace Act.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO The GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPITAL is part of the Medical Benevolence Foundation, a Presbyterian organization that supports over 100 hospitals and clinics throughout the world. Good Shepherd Hospital, with 160 beds, is the primary healthcare facility and a center for medical education in the central region of the DR Congo. Political and economic strife have burdened the Hospital with shortages and the challenge of providing care for an impoverished population. However, no one is denied care there for lack of ability to pay.
PAKISTAN FORMAN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE Dr. James Tebbe and his wife, Beth, are longtime friends of Kingston Presbyterian Church and former missionaries to Pakistan. They returned to Pakistan in Sept. 2011 where Dr. Tebbe is now the rector (president) of Forman Christian College. It is the task of the College to educate both Muslims and Christians in an atmosphere conducive to mutual respect. In the six years since the College was returned to the PC(USA) from the government of Pakistan, the numbers of Christian students and faculty have increased greatly. The Christian student population has risen from fewer than 20 to more than 700 on the 4.430 student campus. The Christian faculty has increased from 20 to 72. Only at Forman Christian College can Christians in Pakistan receive an excellent education.
The RESCUE MISSION OF TRENTON offers clean, warm refuge for the homeless, the hungry, the transient, and the addicted. The organization has been committed to rebuilding lives since 1915. Kingston Presbyterian Church has a clothing bin in the parking lot to collect clothing for the needy.
The COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS MINISTRIES is a unique cooperative effort between Princeton Healthcare System and the local religious community. Thanks to the support of more than 40 organizations they can provide on-call 24-hour, 7-day-a-week care. Their goal is to offer “quality pastoral care that is appropriate, ecumenical, accessible, and integrated with the care offered by other members of the healthcare team.”
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS INC. is the ministry of Rev. John and Aruna Desai through which they reach out to international students studying in the local colleges, universities, and seminaries. Over 40 churches participate in the annual Garage-Giveaway, the monthly fellowship dinners, volunteering to tutor English as a Second Language, and being friends to the students and their families.
The goal of the YOUNG LIFE organization is to build relationships with young people on their turf and in their culture in high school, building bridges of authentic friendship. They believe that is the first step of a lifelong journey and can impact future decisions -- careers chosen, marriages formed, families raised -- if they come to know God’s love for them.
INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP is an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide. Their staff seeks to engage students and faculty in an effort to see them transformed, campuses renewed, and world-changers developed by sharing the love of Christ on campus.