Validated Mission Giving Opportunities
In addition to designated mission opportunities, the Presbytery of Santa Barbara has "validated" five ministry projects within our geographic area. These projects themselves grew out of the passion of individual churches within our presbytery for these specific ministries, and each project has been given permission to raise funds from our churches.
IMPACT (validated by the presbytery in 2000) grew out of the passion at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Ventura in 1992
for youth mission. From 1993 -2007 Impact has sent over 320 missionaries from 30 different churches to 12 different
countries around the world.
How does a person who is a product of a totalitarian society learn
responsibility, individuality, initiative?asks Slavenka Drakulic, Croation
author. The Viata and Kaizen Programs are exploring how to contextualize the Gospel
to the low-trust cultures of Romania and beyond, where corruption runs
rampant, through adventure education and service-learning.
Our mission is to demonstrate Jesus' love by working with people in developing countries to improve their quality of life
through accessing, using, and maintaining safe water.
Validated in 2000 and started at the Orcutt Presbyterian Church, Threshold continues the work begun in Linjiang, China.
The number of children sponsored has grown from 58 just a few years ago to about 200. Building of the church and orphanage
has concluded with the doors being open to the community for the first time in the coming weeks. Food is still delivered
monthly to families and others in Linjiang and the surrounding area. By now over 1000 tons of food have been delivered.
Livestock like cows and chickens are also being provided to certain families. In a partnership with the Free Wheelchair
Mission of Santa Ana, Ca, Threshold has been able to provide 250 wheelchairs to people in Linjiang and two nearby cities.
And 250 more are awaiting delivery.
Ukraine (validated by the presbytery in 2001) began with Nita Hansen and the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Thousand
Oaks. This ministry in Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine focuses on the physical, practical and spiritual needs of orphaned children
and families in desperate poverty conditions.
(validated by the presbytery in 2002) founded by Dr. James L. Witty as a crisis care ministry, sending in teams of
Christian counselors trained in crisis counseling and psychological de-briefing for events such as war, disaster and
trauma. Provides to the larger church resources including counseling services and training, leadership and management
training, ministry team building.
Bonnie Bau, Spanish track, administrative assistant