INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

BLUEFIELDS NICARAGUA FARMS

BPC has been in a covenant partnership for over 20 years with a group of pastors (called APASUR) and their churches from Bluefields, Nicaragua. Over the past few months, Pastor Lora, Steve Ruth and Tom Elander have been participating in monthly Zoom calls with some of the APASUR pastors. Many have contracted COVID-19, including some of the pastors, their family members and their congregants. Many have been very ill and there have been some deaths.
 
The pastors of APASUR are addressing the most basic needs of the people in their community – growing crops to provide food and/or financial independence. The photo below is the APASUR pastors on one of the parcels of land that is being developed for food production. Please join us in praying for our Nicaragua siblings in Christ!
 
 

MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION
 
Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) partners with churches in developing countries to build and run health care facilities. In short, they help the poorest of the poor meet their most urgent medical needs. BPC has had a long history of supporting their efforts, specifically with local nurses and doctors at a rural hospital in Embangweni, Malawi, a landlocked country located in southeastern Africa. Not that long ago we financed construction there of a desperately needed 8-toilet latrine for hospital patients along with a washing and laundry bay.
 
 

 

PRESBYTERIAN MISSION

CO-WORKERS

BPC has long supported (3 decades) the BOYDs in their ministries in Africa. The couple has served in Tanzania, Cameroon and now for a second time in the Congo. Jeff continues as the regional liaison for our denomination in Central Africa, while Christi focuses on women’s and children’s interests for several French-speaking African countries as well as South Sudan. BPC has likewise helped in financing projects they have strongly endorsed — namely, funding a motorcycle for the head counselor for his work at a rural transition home for orphans, and more recently, “Healing Hearts,” a ministry for traumatized children in the  Congo caught up in the horrors of civil war. Currently they are trying to aid those suffering from a catastrophic volcano eruption in eastern Congo.
 
 

Based in Niger, Jim McGill is a geological engineer by profession, who for the past 20+ years has consulted and overseen numerous water and sanitation projects, both large and small, throughout Africa. He coordinates our denomination’s efforts in bringing clean water and sanitation to local communities there. Indeed, in the past, Jim made sure a couple of wells got completed that BPC paid for with our special offerings. Despite some recent health setbacks, Jim remains in the field, a man of action as well as commitment to improving the health of African Christians and Muslims alike.
 
 

 
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
 
Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization which is considered the world’s largest human rights movement. Under their auspices, BPC congregants periodically meet after church service to write letters, postcards, and even emails on behalf of people who have been attached, threatened or wrongly imprisoned. Why write? Because for one thing, it works. Mail from around the world can effectively protect prisoners — it shows government and prison authorities that the World is watching. People are sometimes set free, and justice is restored. The efforts under Amnesty International show that every postcard, every action matters. For weekly postcard writing opportunities, click on “Opportunities to Serve.”   
 
AMOR MINISTRIES
 
 
BPC was one of the first churches to send groups down to Mexico, both adult and youth, on short-term mission trips to build homes for the poorest of the poor, under the guidance of Amor Ministries. Since 1980, this charity has built over 17,000 homes for impoverished families who otherwise might not have a solid roof over their heads. For many BPCers, this south-of-the-border project has resulted in long-lasting friendships, not to mention a life-transforming experience for the better.