“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. . .”
Multnomah Presbyterian Church wants to follow our Lord into the world that He loves. Many people and projects comprise our focus for mission. Here are just a few:
Wycliffe Bible Translators: Ron and Sue Newberg receive our mission support as they continue with their translation work in Mexico. A few years ago they finished a twenty year project of translating the New Testament into the Zapotec language of Yalalag. This had been an oral language. But the Newbergs meticulously and lovingly wrote and transcribed the Yalalag indigenous language into a written form and then wrote the New Testament into that language. Ron continues now to oversee and direct all translation work of the scripture teams for Wycliffe in Mexico. MPC has also contributed financially in building a senior care center in Yalalag.
For more information, please visit the Wycliffe Bible Translators website.
Baja Mexico: Our congregation continues to support the Martinez family as they minister to the Indian field workers that migrate from the mainland of Mexico to the huge tomato and strawberry fields of the Baja. Pastor Martinez has begun two churches there. Our church has also built homes through YWAM in the Baja.
Siqueros Mexico: Jesus and Olivia Martinez continue the work of Carlos and Olga Peña, in faithfully establishing a body of believers in the village of Siqueros. Our congregation has also contributed financially to the construction of their church building.
World Vision: MPC has over the past several years contributed enough funds to build four bore hole water wells in Zambia. Clean water can cut the child mortality rate nearly in half in this rural part of Zambia. Rev. Sylvia Dilworth was privileged to attend the dedication of our first water well in Siapolo, Zambia.
We are also grateful to partner with World Vision to assemble 100 AIDS caregiver kits each year. These kits are then shipped and distributed to people on the front line in caring for those stricken with AIDS in villages throughout Africa. Through World Vision our church members also individually sponsor more than 45 children in Africa. These sponsorships can literally save a child from illness and death.
For more information, please visit the World Vision website.
Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship: Our congregation supports this evangelistic outreach to the unreached people group, the Arssi Oromo, in Ethiopia. We have sent enough funds to build a literacy center and school desks in Ethiopia as well as the yearly support of a teacher among the Arssi Oromo people group.
Nasa Theological College: NTC is a vital seminary in Tanzania training future pastors for East Africa. John Dilworth’s cousin, a lifelong missionary to Africa, began this college in 1986. It is a privilege now for John to return to NTC every few years to teach courses to the enthusiastic and committed pastors. Our church contributed to finishing NTC library, a new water well pump for the school and village as well as a yearly contribution to help with tuition costs for students.
Presbyterian Missions: MPC gives to the PC(USA) Missions to finance work here in our own Presbytery and worldwide.
Faith in Action Sundays: Once a year MPC meets for worship and then spreads out to serve in eight or more different service projects. Hygiene kits for homeless youth and for low income Portland hotel residents have been assembled. AIDS caregiver kits have been made. Worship services have been held at a local nursing home. Schools have been painted or playgrounds weeded. Layettes have been assembled for NW Children’s Outreach. Yard work and painting have been done at a transitional home for women and children. Quilts have been sewn for abused children. Ivy has been pulled from our local Gabriel Park. Food has been cooked and parties have been held at a local low-income apartment unit. Yard work has been done at a local hospitality house for immigrants. The list continues to grow as we encourage people of all ages from our church to serve on these Faith in Action Sundays.
Community Compassion: Once a month a team of MPC members serve at a nearby federally subsidized housing complex, Sl@vin Court (misspelled on purpose). Food has been served, parties for the children held, and a Bible Kid’s Club begun. Relationally we serve to be the hands and feet of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Quilts for Kids: Our quilting group at MPC has sewn over 1000 quilts for children of abuse seeking help through Cares NW. Quilts for Kids meets at the church Mondays at 10 AM.
Family of Friends: Several families in our church mentor young children through this organization.