2018 Missions Budget

At its January meeting, the Vestry approved the Missions Committee’s proposed budget of $220,000. Funds available to support this budget come from 10% of overall congregational giving plus any monetary gifts designated specifically for missions or a specific mission effort. The budget is made up of funds directed to Missions Education and Support, Short-Term Missionaries support, possible new ministries, and 26 various local, national, and international missionaries and ministries.

We are excited to announce that a major part of the “Missions Education and Support” line item is to help fund a Vision/Mission trip this summer (2018) to South America. Tentative plans are to go to Paraguay to visit Fr. Ron Irene and to Bolivia to visit Ninos con Valor and Tammy Firestone at La Trinidad Anglican Church. Participants will be able to participate in either or both of the Paraguay and Bolivia portions of the trip. We will keep the congregation posted as further plans are developed. Kevin Hicks is taking the lead in this planning. If interested or want to learn more, please contact Kevin at kbhicks@comcast.net or 610-764-8492.

A large part of the Missions Committee’s budget ($205,000) goes to support 26 various ministries. Each fall, interested ministries submit an application for funding support. A sub-committee of the Missions Committee reviews all these applications, measuring them against church-adopted criteria. The 26 recommended for funding came from 29 applications. The full list of budget-approved ministries is listed below. Two are new ministries for our funding (Renovare and Love Justice International), as well as financial support for a parishioner serving with InterVarsity Link in Central Asia. We did not receive an application this year from the African Theological Seminary. We decided not to fund Phillip and Julie in Asia this year. (Each year, if we have other ministries that can use the $1,000 usually earmarked for their ministry, they request we use their money elsewhere. We decided to take them up on that offer. They were appreciative that we found a good use for their funds. We will continue to keep in contact with them and consider them one of our prayer-supported ministries.

The full slate of supported ministries we will support in 2018 is: Amnion, Anna & Frank in North Africa, the Diocese of Bolivia, Tammy and Rusty Firestone in Bolivia, Bridge of Hope (which is now in partnership with Good Samaritan Services of Phoenixville), CityTeam, FOCUS, Gathering Hope (a local ESL program), Kenyan Students Christian Fellowship, Free Church of St. John in Kensington, Good Works, Mwamba, Ninos con Valor, Philladelphia Project, Rooted in Jesus, Ron Irene in Paraguay, Scripture Union, Steve and Nancy Brown in Niger, Water Mission, Food Closet, Young Life, YoungLives of Delaware County, Kylie Roberts with CCO, Jeff with InterVarsity, Love Justice International, and Renovare.