Over the summer months, dozens of Presbyterians served overseas as part of a short-term mission team - giving up their time, energy and money to serve the Lord.
Presbyterian Mission Overseas in conjunction with the Board of Youth and Children’s Ministry sent two teams overseas this summer. one to Romania, and one to Italy, whose members were from various congregations.
Congregational overseas teams included a team to Romania from Elmwood Presbyterian, a team from Hamilton Road, Bangor to Malawi, a team from Greenwell Street, Newtownards to Hungary, and two teams from Firstand Second Islandmagee to Ukraine.
Many more people enabled the valuable work of the teams, by supporting them through prayer, encouragement, as well as financially.
Serving the Lord in a different country and culture can be a life-changing experience. Many develop a deep passion for, and strong commitment to, active on-going engagement in God's mission to the world, .... whether it be here 'at home' or somewhere further afield, outside the island of Ireland.
Over the next couple of months, most of those who served overseas, will be sharing their stories with others in PCI who supported them.
Presbyterian Mission Overseas encourages people give thanks for all those who served overseas over the summer, and to pray for the on-going work of the churches / projects they were involved in. Pray too that many of those who went overseas and those who supported from home, will seek to become more involved in God's mission to the world in the years ahead.