Presbyterian Mission Co-Workers in Niger
Rev. Michael and Rachel Ludwig are working alongside the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN), helping them develop a literacy training and evangelism program. Niger is among the world's poorest countries, has a literacy rate of only 29 percent, and experiences frequent famines. "It's captured our hearts as a place of great need, where people with skills in language and teaching can make a huge impact in the lives of ordinary Nigerians through literacy training and exposure to the gospel."
Presbyterian Mission Co-Workers in Nicaragua
Rev. Renée Sundberg and Justin Sundberg have been mission co-workers in Nicaragua since 2014, serving at the invitation of the Council of Evangelical Churches of Nicaragua (CEPAD). CEPAD works to improve the lives of economically impoverished communities by promoting justice and peace. Groups from the United States visit Nicaragua frequently to participate in the ministries of CEPAD. Justin and Renée receive visiting groups, coordinate their activities to reflect the priorities of CEPAD, set up in-country logistics, plan the educational program with delegation leaders, and lead reflections with people who visit. They also facilitate partnership relationships between U.S. churches and Nicaraguan churches and institutions.
Argentina Children's Network
Helping Children in Argentina Grow to be Happy, Healthy and Productive ~ Argentina Children's Network Video
Argentina Children's Network was established to help children in need in the country of Argentina become all they can through the lens of the Christian faith. The organization focuses on improving the living conditions, family environment, mental and physical health, education, and happiness of these children.
Argentina's Atlantic shoreline measures 3,100 miles in length. A five hour drive south of Buenos Aires brings travelers to Mar del Plata, the largest beach town resort in the country. If you drive another thirty minutes inland, you will arrive at the humble community of Batan. Here is where Pastor Octaviano Sarmiento and his wife, Suzanna, care for orphaned, parent-less and abandoned children of all ages. They also provide shelter to battered women and their children. Jann Lardo and her husband, Horacio, became inspired to create Argentina Children's Network once they sensed the hand of God touching the lives of these children. Pastor Sarmiento and the children of Obra Peniel need our help!
Jann is the president of Argentina Children's Network. Since 2008, Jann and Horacio have helped shelter, nourish and care for these children so that they will become productive and faith directed adults. They spend face to face time with the children during the months of January, February and March, mentor the older children, and stress education and career path choices with an emphasis on tutoring, literacy, computer and English language skills. Inviting the children to the beach for the day is a favorite activity. The one on one attention they provide is a great comfort to these children without parents.