Summer Service Opportunities

 

SS2016-SHARE-HOPE-3;2ratio.006

Looking for something meaningful to do as a family, couple, or individual this summer? Consider serving alongside one of PCC’s partner organizations to increase literacy, support students in academic enrichment, lead Bible camp, or help young couples thrive within your neighborhood. Read on to discover opportunities that align with your passions, skills, and talents.

summer_serve_specific_slides-3;2ratio.002

 

Literacy— if you have read everything on this page so far, you are more than qualified to help a child learn to read by meeting weekly this summer. Invest in a child’s future through giving him or her tools to succeed in school and community endeavors.

RWCReads
June 20- July 29
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
10:15 AM-12 PM & 12:15 PM-4 PM
John Gill School – Library
555 Ave Del Ora, Redwood City, CA 94062
Fair Oaks School – Room 20
2950 Fair Oaks Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

Contact Angie Ibarra at Generations United (Redwood City Reads) to read with a child this summer!

 

PLC

Check out Peninsula Literacy Coalition to discovering a variety of literacy programs around the Bay Area.

 

 

LOGO

Academic Enrichment— Bayshore Christian Ministries’ Create Academy (July 5-29) will help students discover the fun of learning through design, engineering, science, and technology classes. Invest in future leaders by equipping the students with in-demand skills and knowledge. You can also provide and serve lunch (11:45am-12:45pm) to the students and interns once or multiple times throughout the summer.

summer_serve_specific_slides-3;2ratio.012

Bible Club– Bayshore Christian Ministries will be running a Bible Club during two different weeks this summer (June 20-24, August 8-12) with Bible lessons, songs, and games. You can volunteer as a leader or provide lunch for the students. The camp will be from 12-3pm.
summer_serve_specific_slides-3;2ratio.013
Contact Holly Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in serving this summer!
 AbleWorks
Marriage Enrichment Cohort— We have been invited by Able Works to contribute to a young marrieds thriving life cohort run by PCC members Yovani and Aggi Alvarado. Would you like to see young couples relate better to their children and each other? Do you desire to see young families thriving in the Bay Area economy? You can provide beverages and dinner at their weekly meetings or have the opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with young couples as they seek to live a thriving life.
summer_serve_specific_slides.005
Contact Yovani Alvarado, Young Marrieds Cohort Leader, if you are interested in serving! Sign up here to provide a meal at the young couples cohort meetings.
Email Steven Rozzi with questions about volunteering with our local partners

Calling Out The Church

By Sharon S.

Gary’s recent message from John 17 calls us all.  Committed to God and uniting around one common Kingdom-building goal, Jesus calls us individually, with different gifts and talents, to live as aliens in a hostile world, something we comfortable Americans tend to forget. It’s easy to live as well-adjusted citizens in this world, in the Bay Area culture, with the growing access to the comforts this culture provides and worships.

One  group, however, never forgets our calling as aliens in a hostile world. We commissi0n and send this group to alien places defined by political lines of national sovereignty or people groups. A traditionally termed missi0nary makes his or her home in a place where two different governments must agree on a secure identity for the individual, one issuing a passport and the other issuing a visa to complete the transaction.

Once this transaction has been accomplished, the missi0nary enters this alien land, settling into the arduous process of learning to live, speak, connect, relate, plant seeds of friendship, all as Salt and Light. Departing all that is familiar with a one way plane ticket, they are given the title “long term missi0nary”.

Others of us, who visit these places with a round trip ticket, may call ourselves “short term missi0naries” or being part of a “short term team”. There is no comparison between the actual titles, however. Globalization invites more and more people to join these teams, a few return to serve for a little longer if their hearts were impacted, a much smaller few committing to a lifetime.

At one point in recent history, “long term missi0naries” eagerly welcomed the arrival of “short term teams”. Eventually, most “long term missi0naries” discovered the amount of work required to prepare for these “short term teams” coming full of expectations, expertise, and entitlement. The results of the teams had limited measurable results, causing many missi0naries to reevaluate the priorities of their ministries. They concluded that their quality and quantity time must be devoted to their host culture, their alien land they now call home, not the home they left behind. What is a missi0nary?  It is one with a missi0n.  The longest lasting missi0ns are the ones that suggest there is eternal value in how the call to missi0ns is invested in.

What is a missi0nary?  It is one with a missi0n.  The longest lasting missi0ns are the ones that suggest there is eternal value in how the call to missi0ns is invested in.

At PCC, our “short term teams” tend to be most effective and valued when partnering directly with national church leaders in the host country. What we have to offer can be valuable. From basic relief disbursement, to teaching English, to mentoring in business and professional skills.

There are two other areas where we can serve “long term missi0naries” to help them be more effective in their work in their host countries. Offering coaching/counseling and child care to missi0naries at retreats designed to provide rest and revitalization is an invaluable ministry to those who are ministering in harsh alien lands.

In February, 5 PCCers ventured to Thailand to provide coaching, counseling and children’s ministry to two different sending organizations (missi0ns organizations). The missi0naries of these sending organizations gathered in the warm, beautiful, relaxing country to be refreshed and blessed. The call to cross-cultural ministry, the call to struggle through conversations in a foreign language, to have moments of being completely overwhelmed by culture stress, to crave American foods in a developing country that does not have the food you are used to, to feel hopeless about the consequences of sin in a Christ-less culture, is a hard call to follow.

The call to cross-cultural ministry, the call to struggle through conversations in a foreign language, to have moments of being completely overwhelmed by culture stress, to crave American foods in a developing country that does not have the food you are used to, to feel hopeless about the consequences of sin in a Christ-less culture, is a hard call to follow.

Going to a retreat as a “long term miss0nary” is the difference between being burned out in ministry and being encouraged with eternal perspective about ministry. It is the difference between third culture kids’* feelings of isolation turning into depression or harmful behaviors and knowing they have a support system of people from their parent’s home country who can support them through the struggles of life as a “missi0nary kid”.

So what does it mean for you to continue being the Church when you drive under the bridge and turn onto Farm Hill Boulevard? It could mean asking God, “where is it you would have me serve today?” and being available, sacrificial, and faith-filled when God answers your question. The team of 5 PCCers were able to meet the needs of their Brothers and Sisters at the retreats in Thailand because they were prompted by God to ask, “is there a need for my love for children?”, “is there a place for my coaching and counseling skills?”, “I’ve always wanted to see God’s work in Thailand for myself. When is the next trip I could get involved in?”.

The team of 5 PCCers were able to meet the needs of their Brothers and Sisters at the retreats in Thailand because they were prompted by God to ask, “is there a need for my love for children?”, “is there a place for my coaching and counseling skills?”, “I’ve always wanted to see God’s work in Thailand for myself. When is the next trip I could get involved in?”.

 

If you hear God’s voice in your heart and want to serve Global Kingdom Builders, tell Sharon <sharons@wearepcc.com> what He is saying and discover how you can fit into PCC’s Global Partnerships.

You don’t have to exit the country or cross an ocean; just get on your feet and take a walk down your street to get involved in your own country. People living in poverty surround you and need the Church in their lives to offer hope and healing. Prayerfully discover our Local Partnerships or ask Steven <stevenr@wearepcc.com> where you can fit into PCC’s community impact.

 

What activities do you enjoy doing? What natural talents have you discovered that you have? What experiences have you participated in that you are passionate about? These are all questions to discover how God has created you and how he can use you to build his Kingdom for His glory.

 *TCKs are children growing up in a culture different than their parent’s country of citizenship.

Neighboring East Redwood City

_MG_8250

Participate in neighboring East Redwood City through a cross-cultural Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 19th at Fair Oaks Elementary School. Do you read with a child at Fair Oaks School? This is your opportunity to meet and engage with the families of your readers! Be a Called Out One with other Churches as we seek to neighbor our city in this tangible way.

Can’t join us for the meal? Consider donating food as a way to be involved this year.

Sign up through Volunteer Spot here.

 

DSC01388

RWCR Summer 2015!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS SUMMER-READ WITH A CHILD ONCE A WEEK-SIGN UP TODAY

sharon and brianna

A quiet hum rings through the classroom as children and volunteers sit side by side, reading. Some volunteers are softly reading the words aloud, following the words with their finger so their reading buddy may follow along. In other pairs, children are the ones reading aloud, gaining confidence with every letter’s sound they recognize, every word they are able to sound out.

marion robbins reading

These volunteers aren’t limited to adults, high school students sit dedicated to their reading buddy, remembering their first favorite book and who they read it with over and over again as a child.

gill5

This summer, you have the opportunity to do more than read with a child. You have the privilege of spending 30 minutes  a week investing in the future of a child. The ability to read allows children to thrive in higher education, develop new interests, and be informed members of society.

Sign up to volunteer today!

Zuku and Texa are Coming to PCC With New Friends!

Congo leadership at PCC page 37

Six Congolese leaders are arriving in the Bay Area on Friday, March 13th for two months of leadership enrichment and English language learning. From the Women’s Director for Service Development to Director of the Ubangi Sports Service, our gifted Congolese brothers and sisters have much to offer and are eager to learn from us as well.

congo leaders at PCC page 37

Make the most of their time here: host a dinner or lunch at your home, participate in a local culture learning trip by sight-seeing around the Bay Area with them, meet with a particular friend you relate to one-one-one to learn more about their ministry roles and to share about yours.

Email any of our friends directly to connect with them or email Hannah Dawley (hannah@wearepcc.com) or Sharon Seeberger (sharons@wearepcc.com) to find out more.

texa on left

 

Our well known friend Texa (texadembeleus@gmail.com) is a returning participant (last trip was 2006). He is currently the Project Director for Farmers to Market, which is an agricultural business development program. He is involved in helping impoverished Congolese farmers increase their output and profitability.

Reverand Kanda Yayoro Isabelle (mamakanda38@gmail.com) is an ordained Reverend and the Women’s Director for Service Development in the northwest part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is passionate about educating young girls who would not have a chance to receive an education without the outreach of CEUM.

Reverand Koy Bosworth (koybosworth@gmail.com) is a professor at the Ubangi Protestant University (UPU) and will be focusing on leadership development and funding strategies to help with income stabilization for qualified future Congolese professors.

dinner first night Congolese 2015

Our good friend Zuku (zukujp@yahoo.fr) is an accomplished agronomist, working in the northwest part of Congo through the Covenant Church to help farmers increase productivity and profitability. He specializes in grant writing skills to help these farmers reach out to resources that might not otherwise be available to them.

The accomplished Valerie Bangabutu, MD (bangabutugado@gmail.com) is currently the Head Medical Doctor of the Karawa Health Zone. She oversees the health care services throughout her zone and is coming to learn about sustainable economic practices in health care.

Reverend Joel Zambite (zjoelzed@gmail.com) is the founding Director of the Ubangi Sport Service, which provides basketball and soccer leagues for Congolese youth. He partners with our community center in development strategies and is looking forward to gaining skills in his holistic approach to community development through sports ministry.

 

 

Global Partners Families

CONNECT WITH THE FAMILIES OF PCC’S GLOBAL PARTNERS

DSC_0528 Bayana and Shingi Chunga: Kwamara and Watonda

Pray for those listening to the Wings of Hope Malawi radio ministry to hear God’s voice

Pray for the participants in young marrieds mentoring program to become sources of hope in their communities

small sizes coxTrent and Tabby Cox: Desta, Jack, Lily

Pray for a refreshed start to our new leadership position in Ethiopia

Family PhotoDaniel and Tamarah Robinson: Daniel, Hannah, and Declan

Prayer for our time as we present to churches and find partners

Pray that the time of transition for our children will go smoothly 

JSTDMV_photoJon and Suzie S. Devon, Milana, Ty, and Viktorija

​Wisdom, creativity, and discernment in opportunities for ministry

That we – individually and as a family – would keep in step with the Lord and live faithfully in love

That our financial needs ministry-wise and personally would be met as we live by faith.

Update on Dalton& NayNay serving in Europe

dsc_00222

Shelby Hurst, NayNay Jackson, and Dalton Hurst with Linda Swanson at the EuroRetreat

Members of PCC Dalton Hurst and NayNay Jackson are currently giving their time to care for children of kingdom workers. Covenant global partners who serve throughout Europe are gathering together to participate in a meaningful retreat. One of our own global partners, Linda Swanson, reflected on her experiences at the retreat with Dalton and NayNay in her blog post. Read her encouraging entry on how PCC is partnering in significant ways.

Malawi Here We Come !

We leave today for Malawi. The team is hopeful. and very excited about God’s purpose in having us go to Malawi together. He really is the one who pulled this trip together, so we have an acute awareness of His presence and the idea that “He’s got this”. Pray for humility, team unity, sensitivity to his Spirit and for the ability to love like He does.

Janet Miclean
Pastor of Women, Connection and Care

photo

Featured in this photo (Not in order)

Karen Hirsh, Max Hirsh, Suzie Hughes, Grace Hughes, Caitlin Johnson, Janet Miclean
John MicleanDanny Valencia, Amy Valencia,Yasmin Valencia

#Photocreds to Israel Soler