Who We Support

 

MISSION can be defined in different ways, such as:

"bearing witness to God's love for the world in Jesus Christ"— (Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Study Catechism, Question 63)

 

"the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world" —Turn to the Living God: A Call to Evangelism in Jesus Christ's Way, page 4

 

"The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church's mission."—The Confession of 1967, the Book of Confessions, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 9.32

 

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Each second Sunday of the month Fair Trade items are available for purchase after the service.  Purchase of these items directly support farmers and workers throughout the world. 

 

Among the thirty-three mission partners that Yorkfield Presbyterian Church supports each year are four specific mission workers who serve throughout the world.  Click on one of the four names below and a new webpage will open and you will be directed to their ministry web page.

Mission Seitz   Rev. Dr. Jonathan & Emily Seitz in Taiwan

Mission Wagstaff   Leisa ToniAnn Wagstaff in South Sudan

mission McCall   Rev. John McCall in Taiwan

Mission Luke   Todd and Maria Luke in Mexico

 

 

As part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we participate in four churchwide special offerings each year. Churchwide special offerings provide valuable fund raising and mission interpretation opportunities. These offerings serve as a significant way for the church to identify and respond to priority needs. Churchwide special offerings are a key component of the church's funding of ongoing programs and are an essential part of the Churchwide Funding Plan. 

 

There are four churchwide special offerings in the calendar year: 

  • The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
  • The Pentecost Offering
  • The Peace & Global Witness Offering
  • The Christmas Joy Offering

 

Click on one of the images below to discover more information about that particular special offering.

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The following are some of the ministries we support through our Mission giving.

If you click on a ministry logo, you will be connected to that ministry's website.

 

Child Welfare                                  
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Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.

Compassion's work has grown from modest beginnings in South Korea in 1952 when American evangelist Rev. Everett Swanson felt compelled to help 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict. Today it is a worldwide ministry where millions of children are now reaping the benefits of one man's clear, God-given vision.

Compassion means “to suffer with” and is an emotional response of sympathy. But it’s not just a feeling. The feeling is combined with a desire to help. Because we have compassion, we want to take action and help the person who is suffering.

Notice the last word of the definition above — “with.” We are called to suffer with someone, to suffer together. This is what differentiates compassion from empathy.

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Family Shelter Service transforms lives by offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence.We confront domestic violence, in the moment, where people need us, turning no one away. Our promise is to provide faster, greater, equal access to services to help people in DuPage County thrive not just survive.

 

Poverty & Homelessness           
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Elmhurt Walk-In Assistance Network: The people of our faith communities, service organizations, businesses and caring individuals unite in partnership to provide compassionate and effective assistance to people in need in our community.

We Serve Elmhurst residents, as well as families with children in Elmhurst schools, members of participating churches, and PADS guests with a written referral.  We are happy to use our resources to help guests who do not qualify under these guidelines identify other sources of assistance.  

We Operate through the generosity and encouragement of Elmhurst churches, service organizations, businesses, municipal offices and individuals. These friends are a vital part of the Elmhurst Walk-In Network.

We Help by welcoming those who come, by listening, assessing needs, and responding. Sometimes that involves giving referrals for food or clothing, sometimes helping to pay essential bills like utilities, housing, car repair or prescriptions. We may provide train or bus tickets, or vouchers and certificates to local businesses - all according to our guidelines. Often we provide a connection to other resources that may help immediately or over a longer term. At no time do we give out cash.

We Rely entirely on volunteers who work in teams to assist clients. Others serve on the Board of Directors or in an administrative capacity. Volunteers are people who wish to put their faith into action in a direct, meaningful way. Each receives special training.

"When did we see you hungry and give you food, or thirsty and give you drink?" The Lord answered: "The truth is, every time you did this for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for me."

 

Facing Forward

 

 

Facing Forward: Envisioning a better future is the first step to empowerment. We turn our backs on homelessness and position ourselves to envision what’s next. We break the cycle of homelessness in Chicago by providing housing and social services that empower individuals to face forward to a new future. We know that connecting people to safe, stable, long-term housing first creates the best platform to address the root causes of homelessness.
 
Over the past five years, 85 percent of our clients have changed their lives and ended their cycle of homelessness. They have pride in their home. They receive health care that improves their quality of life. They earn high school degrees and excel in college programs. And their children thrive.
 

 

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LOVE, INC: The mission of Love INC is to mobilize the local churches to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ. This is based on a vision of churches and agencies working in cooperation with one another to provide assistance to the whole person. The organization acts as a "clearinghouse", linking people to the appropriate services.
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The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and loneliness. We accept individuals as they are and offer support as they seek to improve their lives. We invite others to join this hope-filled work.

 

 

DuPagePads is so much more than a pad on the floor.

DuPagePads is about the journey home.

It’s about the journey from dependency to self-sufficiency. Not the shelter. Not the nights spent in a car, in a motel room or on the street. DuPagePads is a journey that begins with an extended hand, an affirming voice, and a trusting soul that will advocate undividedly for each individual.

The solution to end homelessness. Starts with housing.

The solution to end homelessness is more complex than providing individuals with food and shelter. Founded in 1985, DuPagePads is the largest provider of interim and permanent housing, coupled with support services in order to help individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient. These vital support services enable the individuals we help to receive case management and life coaching, employment support such as job coaching, as well as engagement with employers—effectively stopping the cycle of homelessness.

DuPagePads IS the solution to end homelessness—because when someone believes in you, everything can change.

 

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Sarah's Circle, located in Chicago's Uptown community, is a refuge for women who are homless or in need of a safe place. By providinghousing assistance, case management, referrral services, and life necessites, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their full potiential.

Sarah's Circle offers several services  comprehensive physical services, permanent supportive housing, clinical services, a network of resources, and a community to over 900 women a year. They are currently "under construction" of a new and larger building to bettter accomodate the record numbers of women in need of services.

 

 Economic Development        

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Friendship Bridge provides microfinance, education, and preventive health services to help clients build resilience and pursue opportunities.  We call this Microcredit Plus. Products and services are provided based on each client’s level of individual development. Our Client Continuum strategy guides this process.

In our Client Continuum, we segment our clients into three categories:

 Leaders, Entrepreneurs, & Dreamers

Based on their levels of individual development, we provide appropriate programs and services to our clients.

 

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Opportunity International provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to over two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Opportunity International helps 4.7 million clients in over twenty-two developing countries expand business, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net of savings and insurance

 

 

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Oxfam

 

Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. We save lives, develop long-term solutions for poverty, and campaign for social change. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions.

Our vision is to have a just world without poverty. Our mission is to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice.

 

EYFP Logo The purpose of the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry is for the charitable distribution of food for the relief of hunger to our neighbors in need residing in the communities surrounding us, including Elmhurst, Addison, Bensenville, Berkeley, Hillside, Lombard, Oak Brook and Villa Park.
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Feed My Starving Children is a Christian food relief organization that provides nutritional MannaPack rice food supplements to the hungry throughout the world. The MannaPack rice food parcels are packed at FMSC sites throughout the United States, including locally in the Chicagoland area. 

 

Bread for the world  

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decisions makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, we advocate for a world without hunger.

Our Mission: Bread members send letters and emails, make phone calls, and visit their members of Congress about legislation that addresses hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Bread equips its members to communicate with Congress and to work with others on advocacy. It educates members on hunger-related issues and inspires members to be legislative activists as a way of putting their Christian faith into action.

Bread works in partnership with churches, campuses, and other organizations to mobilize Christians and others in congressional districts and states.

Bread’s goal is to help end hunger by 2030. It believes that everyone must play a part in ending hunger, especially our federal government. We work to change the policies and conditions that allow hunger to persist. Bread seeks long-term solutions to hunger and advocates on legislation that addresses the root causes of hunger.

We have a track record of winning bipartisan legislation that helps hungry people feed their families. We are successful because our grassroots network of members and activists works in concert with national denominations, networks, and organizations supported by Bread’s staff in Washington, D.C., and around the country.

God’s grace moves us to build the political commitment needed to overcome hunger and poverty. We believe it is possible to end hunger in our time.

 

 Run4Hunger The Run for Hunger 5K benefits several local food pantries including the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry, Disciples Food Pantry, Hand and Hand Food Pantry and Community Table. Participation averages 300 runners and walkers.  Particiants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation with them on race day for the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry.  The Run for Hunger was formerly known as the "Yorkfield Run for Hunger (1992-1999).
  Human Justice / Trafficking 
Destiny-Rescue

Destiny Rescue is an international, Christian based, organization dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and exploitation. It operates various programs in six nations: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), India, and Mozambique.

 

Mercy International (Honduras)

 

Mercy International (Beyond Mercy): Projects change circumstances, but relationships change lives. Mercy International meets the physical needs of the poor, destitute, and spiritually bankrupt fostering lasting relationships with our eyes on eternity. While meeting the physical needs of the poor, we seize divine opportunities to touch these lives, even among professionals we meet. Not only are Honduran lives transformed by their introduction to hope through Christ, but those we mobilize, short-term or long-term, even Honduran professionsals and tradesmen, are transformed by the experience.

Refugee one

 

RefugeeOne creates opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance. 

Every year, RefugeeOne serves more than 2,500 refugees and immigrants of all ages, ethnic groups, faiths, and backgrounds. Our primary focus is to assist these resilient individuals in becoming an independent, self-supporting member of their new community. 

As the largest resettlement agency in Illinois, RefugeeOne has welcomed more than 17,500 refugees since 1982. RefugeeOne walks alongside refugees from the moment they land at O'Hare International Airport—welcoming them to Chicago and providing furnished apartments, English classes, job search support, mental health care, youth programming, and mentors to help them adjust to life in the U.S.

 

  Religious Studies                 

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Cook Native American Ministries, located in Tempe, Arizona, is dedicated to education, empowering, and equipping Native Americans. For over 30 years they have offered a wide variety of courses appropriate to the needs and interests of Native and Non-Native leaders, clergy, and laity.

Cook has produced Christian leaders, pastors, teachers, educators, and community leaders from across the nation and beyond.

 

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