Abbeville Presbyterian Church
Missions Overview 2017
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
The members of Abbeville Presbyterian Church support mission outreach to share Christ’s love in upstate South Carolina
and throughout the world. This report presents a brief overview of that work.
MISSIONS IN UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA
We support a variety of programs on an ongoing basis
that support the social and spiritual well-being of people
who live in Abbeville and the surrounding counties.
Abbeville Youth Center
is a local project for Abbeville youth, housed in the old library on South Main Street. It provides after-school homework support, recreation, and Bible study; the programs continue throughout the summer (but without the homework). APC donates money on an ongoing basis to help support the Center.
is a faith-based ministry to help persons recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. APC provides
financial support. In addition, the Presbyterian Women collect personal care items for the residents.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
is a ministry that helps athletes and coaches to teach about Jesus Christ as Savior. APC donates money annually to support FCA outreach in Abbeville County.
HospiceCare of the Piedmont
is a non-profit community hospice serving Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda counties. Their mission is to “Enhance life at the end of life”. APC provides ongoing
financial support for the Hospice House operated by HospiceCare of the Piedmont in Greenwood.
United Christian Ministry of Abbeville County (UCMAC)
is the crisis ministry of the churches of Abbeville County; they provide food, medical care, and emergency funds for qualified county residents. We provide ongoing financial support for their operating budget. We also donate canned fruit each month for the Food Pantry. In addition, members serve as volunteers for the Crisis Ministry and the Free Clinic.
MISSIONS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
We support several programs to share Christ’s love
by helping people throughout the world.
is a Christian organization that works to spread the ‘luz’ (light) of Christ to impoverished people in Brazil. We support their operating budget annually. Presbyterian Women also has conducted a special project to collect children’s clothing for street children served by the Luz Project.
Trinity Sudan Ministry
provides education and health services for the people of South Sudan. APC provides ongoing financial support.
Turk’s Ministry in Madagascar
Dr. Dan and Elizabeth Turk are Presbyterian missionaries serving in Madagascar. Dan has a background in forestry; Elizabeth is a nurse with a specialty in public health. We provide support
annually for the Turks in Madagascar.
Volunteers in Medical Missions
is an interdenominational Christian medical group whose purpose is to show Christ’s love by providing medical care to the poorest of the poor on mission trips throughout the world. We
provide ongoing financial support for VIMM’s operating budget.
Village Health Worker Project
is a project run through Volunteers in Medical Missions to use local
workers to provide very basic medical care for villages in Honduras with no other access to doctors or clinics. APC donates money annually to help fund this program.
SPECIAL PROJECTS, OFFERINGS, AND DONATIONS
We support our community through a variety of special projects
and donations throughout the year.
Each December, the Angel Tree Project provides Christmas gifts for needy children in our community.
We hold a blood drive each year in the fall in conjunction with Missions Week.
Presbyterian Women (PW)
supports a wide variety of mission projects throughout the year: a cottage at Thornwell Home in Clinton, toiletry items for residents of Faith Home in Abbeville, and Christmas gifts for residents of the Presbyterian Home and for children at Thornwell.
Sunday School Classes
Throughout the year, the Sunday School classes collect money to support various projects—DSS foster children, Meals on Wheels, UCMAC, Hope for Kidz (Haiti), and Thornwell
Home for Children.
Youth Mission Activities
APC Youth collect the Souper Bowl Offering on Super Bowl Sunday, help with trash pick-up for Abbeville, and complete a mission trip each summer.
Throughout the year we collect special offerings that are used for programs in upstate South Carolina and throughout the world. These include the Souper Bowl Offering (collected by the Youth to support the local food bank), One Great Hour of Sharing Offering (to support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development), Mothers’ Day Offering (to help residents of the Presbyterian Communities), Peacemaking Offering (to support work for justice and peace), Thornwell Home
Offering (for children living at Thornwell), and the Joy Gift (to help retired Presbyterian clergy and staff, and to support racial ethnic education). We also collect school supplies each month for “Mary’s Closet”, which is a project to provide supplies for use in the classroom by Abbeville teachers.