Alternative Giving Guide

The year 2020 will live on in our memories for generations to come. The global pandemic has pushed most of us to adapt, adjust and re:imagine so many aspects of our daily lives. Our Mission Partners have continued to serve clients in dire circumstances, while requests for their services have expanded. They have scrambled to adjust operating budgets to meet the tremendous needs.

We hope you will be inspired by the broad spectrum of ways in which our mission partners are caring for people in need. Our PLCPC Mission of Loving Everyone to LIFE with Everything We Have is central to our ministry partner selections. We encourage you to consider giving in honor or memory of someone you love, while at the same time providing much needed support to ministry partners.

Your Mission Beyond Committee has carefully researched each mission partner listed below. You can therefore give confidently to any of these organizations. This listing is intended to make it easy for you to give online directly to the organization(s) of your choice – or you can give to PLCPC and designate your gift to Mission Beyond.

 

GENESIS DIEZ

 

Genesis Diez is a ministry started in 1998 by our own Greg and Pattie Amstutz, that creates learning experiences for orphaned and migrant children in Baja California, Mexico. The Beautiful Gate Orphanage provides healing opportunities for abandoned special needs children. PLCPC youth and intergenerational groups travel each year to help partner in the programs of Rancho Genesis. Give through Genesis International Orphanage Foundation: P.O. Box 6458, Chula Vista, CA 91909-6458 or online: https://donate.genesisdiez.org

HAITI OUTREACH MINISTRIES

The mission of Haiti Outreach Ministries and Pastor Leon Dorleans is to continue their ongoing ministry of educating children and providing a medical clinic in the most impoverished areas of Port-au-Prince. They are currently building the Barye Fe Secondary School so that children from their 3 existing elementary schools can continue their Christian-based excellent education. Give by mail to: 105 Bideford Place, Cary, NC 27513 or online: https://www.haitiom.org

INDONESIA MISSIONARY – FARSIJANA ADENEY-RISAKOTTA

The Adeney-Risakottas have served as missionaries in Indonesia for 27 years, called and sent by PCUSA World Mission at the request of mission partners in Indonesia and the Indonesian Presbyterian Church. Their work is evangelistic: sharing the love of Christ in the largest Muslim country in the world and bringing good news in the name of Christ to the poor. They are also actively involved in bringing reconciliation between Christians and Muslims, and empowering villagers to overcome poverty. Give through Presbyterian Church USA Directed Mission Support: P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264 or online: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/drs-bernard-and-farsijana-adeney-risakotta/

INTERFAITH SHELTER NETWORK OF SAN DIEGO

This is a seasonal emergency shelter program that takes in men, women and families with children. Donations supporting the Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego are efficiently used and go toward the portable beds, partitions, and other elements of the transitional shelter as well as case management services that assist people in looking for employment and long-term housing. Give by mail: 3530 Camino del Rio North, Suite 301, San Diego, CA 92108 or online at: http://interfaithshelter.org/donate-now/

LOAVES & FISHES

Also known as the Ocean Beach Emergency Food Bank, Loaves & Fishes Ministry has been serving the Ocean Beach and Point Loma community since 1977. Supported by 15 Peninsula-area churches who donate food and provide volunteers, Loaves & Fishes serves an average of 2,500 hungry people each year. Give by mail: 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107 or online: https://www.sdloavesfishes.org/how-to-donate/

NEW DAY URBAN MINISTRIES

Located in downtown San Diego, New Day restores lives in a Christ-centered environment, by providing basic life necessities such as food, clothing and blankets to those unable to help themselves. They empower those who are earnestly seeking a better life through services geared toward getting people back to stable employment. New Day serves the homeless, urban poor, veterans and those recently released from prison. Give by mail: 2459 Market St., San Diego, CA 92102 or online: https://newdayurbanministries.org

OCEAN BEACH COMMUNITY DINNERS

 

Ocean Beach Community Dinners is a collaboration of local church volunteers who take turns planning, cooking, and serving a hot meal weekly to more than 100 hungry people at the Episcopal Center of San Diego on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.  Give online: http://pointlomachurch.org/give/  (click on Give Online and then on the choose fund drop down menu select OB Community Dinners)
Or write a check to PLCPC with
“OB Community Dinners” in the memo.

THE OUTREACH FOUNDATION (TWO REGIONS/MISSIONARIES TO SUPPORT)

LEBANON / SYRIA – TOGETHER FOR THE FAMILY: Izdihar and the Rev. Dr. Riad Kassis are Christian leaders who started Together For The Family (TFF) in 2010. With the outbreak of war in Syria in 2011, TFF began supporting the needs of thousands of refugees pouring across from Syria into Lebanon.  Izdihar visits refugee tents tirelessly, identifying gaps for children and young mothers. TFF provides necessities to the newborn babies with medicine, diapers and baby food. They also support a program to teach sewing to young Syrian girls and women, so that they can work and support their families. 

 

IRAN – Rev. Dr. Sasan Tavassoli MISSIONARY: Dr. Sasan Tavassoli serves as a Presbyterian missionary among Iranians in Iran and with Iranians in diaspora.  He has devoted his life to carrying out his ministry in three overlapping circles of work. The first is ministry with Iranian Christians, both inside and outside of Iran. The second is a satellite teaching ministry focused on Iranian believers. The third is ministry with non-Iranian Christians who wish to engage in effective witness among Muslims. 

 

Give to either or both of these Missionaries by mail:  The Outreach Foundation, 381 Riverside Drive, Suite 110, Franklin, TN 37064 or online:  www.theoutreachfoundation.org   (Please select “other” in the pull-down menu, then insert name of intended recipient online.)

 

PENINSULA SHEPHERD CENTER

 

This coalition of churches and service organizations provides transportation, life enrichment, and supportive services for seniors living in the Peninsula communities to allow them to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Give by mail: 1475 Catalina Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107 or online:  https://www.sdpsc.org

PLANT WITH PURPOSE

 

Plant with Purpose is a Christian, non-profit organization that reverses deforestation and poverty in the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. Plant With Purpose works to empower farmers through community development, discipleship, innovative agro-forestry techniques and providing access to savings & credit.  PLCPC mission funds support Plant With Purpose in the Caña region of Dominican Republic.  Give by mail:  4747 Morena Blvd., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92117 or online:  www.plantwithpurpose.org

PRESBYTERIAN GIFTS (Presbyterian Church USA)

 

Explore a wide variety of gifts that provide real and positive impact around the world, including aid for refugees, access to clean water and helping to end hunger.  Give online: https://presbyteriangifts.pcusa.org/gifts/all

SAN DIEGO MILITARY OUTREACH MINISTRIES (SD MOM)

 

SD MOM is a nondenominational organization whose mission it is to enhance the quality of life for all military junior enlisted families living in San Diego County by assisting with basic needs and providing special events such as the MOM Toy Store at Christmas time.  Give by mail: P.O. Box 3030, La Mesa, CA 91944-3030 or online: www.sandiegomom.org

UPLIFT

Urban People Living in Faith and Trust (UPLIFT) provides educational, spiritual, and social support services to San Diego’s inner-city communities through three programs: Kids at Heart – Tutoring for K-12 students; Swimming Upstream – Mentoring for 7-12 year-old girls; Triple Cross Homeless Outreach – Supporting the homeless and ex-offenders seeking to reintegrate with the world of work.  Give by mail: 2691 “B” Street, San Diego, CA 92102 or online:  www.upliftsandiego.org

URBAN YOUTH COLLABORATIVE

 

Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) is a coalition of 60 church partners that support student-led faith clubs at close to 100 public middle and high school campuses in San Diego County, including Correia and Point Loma High School.  Give by mail:  P.O. Box 124708, San Diego, CA 92112 or online:  https://www.uyc.org/donate.html