Good Shepherd Academy of Cameroon
Shepherd Academy of Cameroon - Every parent's nightmare: A child starts out for school . . . but never arrives. Come to church on Sunday, March 22 and hear the Rev. Elizabeth Geitz, a founding board member of the Good Shepherd Academy in Bafut, Cameroon, talk about the Academy's goals during an extended Moment for Mission and a "cake and coffee" reception at Hilltop House following the service. The Good Shepherd Academy, an integral part of the Good Shepherd Home ministry to orphaned Cameroon children, is part of Hilltop's international mission outreach and is actively supported by the sisters of the St John Baptist Convent in Mendham.
While many children, orphaned by Aids, have found refuge from homelessness, hunger and lack of medical care in the Good Shepherd Home, many other local children face dangers unimaginable to most of us during the simple process of walking to school. Rev. Geitz tells that "where our school is, children face kidnapping, not by Boko Haram, but by human traffickers for purposes of forced servitude, prostitution, or body parts which are traded for witchcraft. Our child was going to be murdered for his body parts. Only by the grace of God he escaped". The Academy will provide secure residential schooling for these at risk children.
The MSB Committee considers support of international service agencies with ties to our community or our Presbytery, such as Maggie Doyne's Kopila Valley School and the Good Shepherd Home/Academy, to be a very high priority.
See you on the 22nd.
Bread for the
Bread for the World is a collective Christian
voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and
abroad. The global crisis of rising food prices is causing immense human
suffering. Recent spikes in the cost of staple foods like rice, wheat, and
corn mean that hundreds of millions of poor people are struggling more
than ever to feed their families. The World Bank estimates that 100
million people are at risk of falling into further poverty.
By changing policies, programs,
and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to exist, Bread for the World
provides help and opportunity far beyond the communities where we live.
Hilltop Church is an active participant in the Offering of Letters which
annually advocates with state and federal legislators for programs that
will make real improvements in the ability of poor people around the world
to feed their families. Visit the website at
For more information, contact Mission Liaison
Russ Hall 973-895-3143.
Service - From
a highly focused, but limited, mission in 1947 – delivering surplus US
farm crops to people in war-torn Europe – Church World Service, a
coalition of 36 Christian communions working in partnership with over 400
local faith based organizations in over 80 countries and 4000 US local
hunger fighting initiatives, has consistently expanded the scope of it
fight against world hunger. Its programs now include response to natural
and human caused disasters, support of longer term social and economic
development initiatives and assistance to refugees and
internally-displaced persons. In an effort to respond to the underlying
causes of world economic and social problems, Church World Service is
actively engaged in broad-based education and advocacy and in the
promotion of theological and reconciling dialogue among established
community and religious institutions. Visit their website at http://www.churchworldservice.org
For more information, contact Mission Liaison,
Russ Hall 973-895-3143.
International - "Not a cup, but
a cow." – An elegantly simple quotation from Heifer
International’s founder summarizes that organization’s approach to
long term sustainable economic development. Giving poor people livestock
and providing them with the appropriate animal husbandry training equips
them with a means of self-reliance. The second step in the process,
"passing the gift", obligates the recipient family to share
their animals’ offspring and the training with neighboring families.
Taken together, the two steps represent Heifer’s basic, time-honored
strategy for fighting world hunger.
Heifer’s 60 years’ experience
has validated its approach to hunger fighting. Recipients of animals have
proven able to take charge of their own lives and to work with their
neighbors to improve the local quality of life. They have frequently taken
on leadership roles that have ensured better education for children, new,
environmentally sound farming practices, cooperative marketing efforts and
savings plans for better veterinary care.
Hilltop has been an active supporter of Heifer
International for many years. To learn more visit the website at www.heifer.org
NEWTON-NAIROBI PARTNERSHIP is an alliance between the 66 churches of the
Newton Presbytery and the Nairobi Presbytery in Kenya. Through this
partnership Hilltop Church
Maintains a sister-church relationship with the Kaoli Presbyterian Church,
Provides student scholarships to allow primary and secondary school
children to purchase uniforms and supplies so they can attend school,
Supports 3 evangelists in the Kangundo and Machakos areas who are bringing
the word of God to a place that is isolated, hot and dry. We supply them
with a bicycle and public address system when they start and provide their
annual salary thereafter,
Supports a clinic that helps provide for the medical needs of the poorest
of this region.
Helps to pay for and host annual visits of Kenyans to New Jersey and
organize a trip to Kenya for visitors from our area.
Visit the website at http://www.newtonpresbytery.org/article220014.htm
One Great Hour of
Sharing – For more than fifty
years, Presbyterians have joined with Christians throughout the nation in
supporting One Great Hour of Sharing, responding to Christ's love for all
people by joyfully sharing that love with people in need. The refugee and
the stranger have found food and safe shelter; those stunned by the
aftermath of disasters have found relief and help rebuilding; and
communities seeking to take control of their future have found partners in
development. Presbyterians' gifts support the work of The Presbyterian
Committee for the Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster
Assistance (PDA), and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The hundreds of
millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century
have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all
might have life more abundantly. More can be learned about OGHS and the
programs it funds at www.pcusa.org/oghs/about.htm
The special offering for One Great Hour of
Sharing is taken at Hilltop on Palm Sunday each year, though donations are
accepted year round. Additionally, the Mission Committee organizes special
giving opportunities for disaster needs in the US and internationally
through the PDA.
A worldwide humanitarian aid and
Beyond Tears Worldwide - Beyond
Tears Worldwide seeks to work with any
organization that desires to provide humanitarian aid and development
programs in a selfless way to overcome the immediate and long-term results
of war; to alleviate the pain and despair of victims of natural disasters;
and to bring hope to those who live in poverty stricken communities around
the world. BTW is committed to providing long-term solutions for "our
neighbors", which will improve their social, educational and economic
needs, wherever they are found.
Robert Muir, a member of our Hilltop Church
family, is a Co-Founder of Beyond Tears Worldwide. Over the past twenty
years, Robert has gone on many different humanitarian aid trips, including
the last five summers to Gorazde, Bosnia. Robert’s deepest desire is to
see Beyond Tears Worldwide unite the disciples of Jesus Christ into
fulfilling the Great Commandment of “Loving Your Neighbor as
Yourself”, and showing the world that true love does no harm to its
more information, contact Harriet Muir at 973-543-4368 or visit the BTW
website at http://www.beyondtearsworldwide.net/