Below are global outreach efforts to which St. John's has committed resources of all kinds.
Living Waters for the World
On Sunday, May 1, 2016 during each worship service, we will have a brief presentation on, and a loose plate collection for, the Living Waters for the World (LWW) mission. Between 2008 and mid-2014, in support of this water ministry’s efforts in the SE Mexico region, St. John’s Endowment Committee and parish members made generous contributions ($65,000 and $12,000 respectively).
Lowell Youngquist, SJEC parishioner and co-moderator of the SE Mexico Living Waters for the World Network (States of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Tabasco, and Veracruz), reports they have 10 to 12 active systems. The network’s purpose is to get existing water systems to sustaining levels (producing 200 five-gallon bottles per week of potable water). This weekly level of production, per system, provides 125 families with water needs like drinking and food preparation. Presently, there are three systems at a sustainable level.
Living Waters is associated with the U.S. Presbyterian Church’s Living Waters Synod. SJEC’s Living Waters past participants, as well as the communities helped by this clean water ministry, thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration toward supporting this outreach effort.
The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), as announced by the World Economic Forum in January 2015. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return. Learn more: water.org/water-crisis
La Iglesia Episcopal San Pablo y San Lucas
Our then rector's trip to Santo Domingo in April 2013 provided information about direct and substantial outreach opportunities in which St. John's could engage and grow closer with an Episcopal congregation in the Dominican Republic. The congregation with whom we've partnered is La Iglesia San Pablo y San Lucas (Church of St. Paul and St. Luke) in San Isidro, located on the south shore of the island between Santo Domingo and Boca Chica.
The keystone of this global outreach partnership is the construction of a physical church home for this church community. Since our first team's trip in July 2013, we have worked with others from St. John's and Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Indian River, MI to more deeply engage members of our congregations, raise the money needed to complete the church construction in San Isidro and organize trips for future teams. Three additional mission trips were completed in April and June 2014 - assisting with construction, painting, furniture building and preparations for the church's dedication celebration on June 28. For more information and pictures regarding this global outreach ministry, please visit our Dominican Republic Mission page and St. John's Facebook page.
To learn more about the church in the Dominican Republic and about the Dominican Development Group, follow these links:
Agape Community Transformation is an organization of people in the Muko region of southwest Uganda and in Michigan, USA dedicated to improve the spiritual, physical and economic conditions of their communities.
This effort is an ecumenical one, with people from multiple faiths and backgrounds working togehter on both sides of the world. In May 2013, a six-member team traveled to Muko Subcounty for two weeks to work with our A.C.T. friends in Uganda and the 90 sponsored orphans of this program. While in Uganda, this team focused on building a music program for the orphans, strengthening the development of a sustainable agricultural program and helping our Ugandan partners improve facilities and organizational infrastructure matters.
In October 2013, St. John's Endowment Committee approved a grant for ACT Uganda to use space at 503 S. Saginaw Rd. for storage and sales of items handcrafted by African women - part of the Muko Empowerment Program. More about this venture may be found on page 7 of our newsletter. You may also read about the grand opening of Uniquely Uganda in John Kennett's Midland Daily News article (11/15/13).
To learn more about A.C.T., please visit: www.actuganda.org
Compass Rose Society
The Compass Rose Society is a group of international Anglicans/Episcopalians who seek to support the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury within our Anglican Communion. Compass Rose contributes significantly to the work of the Anglican Consultative Council, particularly in communications. They also support international mission work, contributing over $7 million as of 2013. St. John's Episcopal Church recently made a significant gift toward the Compass Rose Society's website. For more information, you may visit the Compass Rose Society website.
Past Global Ministry Work
MI Tri-Diocesan & Dominican Republic Mission Project http://michigan-dominican.org/