Current needs and opportunities are listed on this page. Click the links for more details about the specific missions. (Updated 2/17/17)
NC Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Needs Your Help
Rev. Andrew Brunson, a missionary and pastor with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, was raised in Black Mountain, NC. Called by God to leave that beautiful place and serve in Turkey twenty-two years ago, Rev. Brunson worked without notice. In all those years, he focused on helping Turkish Christians establish local churches and raising his own family, including a daughter now studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. His life was not unlike that of most missionaries in countries like Turkey where there has been a tradition of religious tolerance.
That unremarkable life disappeared just before Thanksgiving, when Pastor Brunson was imprisoned, one of 19 people crowded into a 10-man cell and charged with crimes against the government. There is no truth to these charges, in fact Pastor Brunson came to attention only because he has applied for resident status in Turkey just before members of the military attempted a coup against some government leaders. Their action led to suspicion of minorities, including Christians. Pastor Brunson’s application for residency identified him as a Christian. That brought him under suspicion and led to his detention.
Pastor Brunson’s supporters here in the US are working to bring international attention to his arrest. They need at least 100,000 signatures on an appeal to President Trump to appeal to the Turkish government for Pastor Brunson’s freedom.
Please click this link to go directly to the White House petition. Additional links at the bottom of this article will provide full details on Pastor Bronson’s case including communications from the Congress to the Turkish government and a petition to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
Your involvement is important as a spur to government action, but your prayers for Pastor Brunson and our own brothers and sisters in Turkey is essential. Pray that God will use Pastor Brunson’s suffering for His glory and that many will come to Christ because they see His love reflected in the lives of His children as they rely on Him alone.
On-Site Volunteers Needed to Serve PCA Church Plants
Mission to North America’s SecondCareer Ministry is seeking adult volunteers of all ages to serve on- site at PCA church plants throughout the country. The variety of skills needed may include mentoring, leading music/worship, administration, construction, or community outreach. Perhaps you or someone you know in another location in the country would be interested in helping grow God’s Kingdom by serving with a PCA church plant. Please take a look at our current Opportunities to Serve at pcamna.org/second-career and “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/MNA.SecondCareer. For more information, please contact Barbara Campbell, MNA SecondCareer Facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-339-5005.
Yarn Lovers Ministry
We now have two groups that gather each month to knit and crochet projects that are used for ministries throughout the year. Our evening group meets the third Monday of each month at 7 PM and the morning group gathers on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 AM. Both groups meet in Mary Jo Culver's office in the worship center. For more information, including current projects, please go to the Yarn Lovers Ministry page.
MNA SecondCareer needs volunteers!
Volunteers of all ages are being matched with PCA church planters and ministries. Volunteers can have a “second career” at any time either virtually or onsite. Check out the PCA's updated website and opportunities to serve at www.pcamna.org/second-career and “Like” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MNA.SecondCareer.
They have more needs than volunteers, so please share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested. If you have any questions, contact Barbara Campbell, MNA SecondCareer Facilitator at Mission to North America, email@example.com or 804-339-5005.
Don't toss that prescription bottle!
Our senior adults prepare and provide medicine bottles donated by our congregation for use in medical mission trips to Haiti. Recycling these donated containers saves the medical mission ministry thousands of dollars. You may leave your empty prescription bottles, including those that come pre-packed and are simply over-labeled by your pharmacist, at the Information Desk on Sundays. Please remove your labels or obliterate personal information before dropping off your donations.