Mission Partners

 

Here is an exhaustive list of our mission partners--whether it's our major initiative CityLights in Southwest Philly or one of our global mission partners.  If it's too exhaustive for you, or if you're glutton for even more information (no judgment here), email Aisha and she'll set you in the right direction.  If you're looking for an easy way to get involved in one of our mission projects, check here.

 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Mission Partners

Baker Industries is a work rehabilitation program employing the disabled, recovering substance abusers, parolees, and homeless persons. Their mission is to teach real work skills, and to help people to lead a more productive life. The operation includes the Malvern facility and a branch in Philadelphia.

Broad Street Ministry, formed in 2005, is a faith community along the Avenue of the Arts (across the street from the Kimmel Center) where artists and people of the surrounding neighborhoods (both young adults and the homeless) come together for worship and fellowship in the historic Chambers-Wylie Presbyterian Church building. WPC members support BSM’s soup kitchen, clothes closet, Breaking Bread Lunch Program, Christmas Feast, renovations, Youth Mission Programs, and community outreach programs.

BuildABridge is an arts education non-profit whose mission is to transform communities and to bring hope and healing through artistic expression to vulnerable children and families in Philadelphia shelters and tough places in life worldwide.

City Team Ministries includes a Christian men’s substance abuse recovery program, a mother and infant protection program, a food kitchen, clothes closet, and other social services. Male substance abusers enroll in the program for 9 to 24 months. CTM’s recovery rate exceeds the national average. They offer transformative spiritual counseling plus life and job skills training. More than 100 daily meals are served to program participants as well as men, women, and children of the neighborhood.

Great Valley Food Cupboard provides food and household sundries not covered by the federal food stamp program to needy individuals and families living in the greater Wayne community.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line is part of a nationwide organization that provides shelter and support to families who are experiencing a temporary crisis in housing. WPC and the other churches on the Main Line hosts guest families for seven days every two months. Each hosting week at WPC involves about 50 volunteers to set up and take down bedroom cubicles for the guests, provide meals, hospitality and stay overnight as chaperones. Certain additional assistance is also needed between hosting weeks.

Kirkwood Camp's mission is to strengthen the Church of Jesus Christ by enabling children, youth, families, and adults to begin or deepen their experience of God in the context of nature and a caring Christian community centered on the word of God.

Main Line Friends of Refugees Group  - Seventy (70) volunteers from nine (9) Christian churches, including Wayne Presbyterian and Bethany Christian Services (BCS) are co-sponsoring resettlement of one or more fully screened, vetted and documented refugee families.

Mainline Mentoriing is a non-profit local youth organization whose programs are intended to enrich their lives and embrace their educational journey through free academic tutoring, plus social and cultural growth through exposure to activities to enhance their learning experience.

theVillage provides residential and community-based services for children and families, including social services, mental health services and  education. We reach out to both the Rosemont campus and the Preheim Center at 65th & Chester Streets in southwest Philadelphia.

Radnor Township Civic Association (Highland Avenue Community Center) is the community center historically used by Second Baptist Church and St. Johns A.M.E. Church for wedding and birthday celebrations , revival meetings, and funeral gatherings.

Surrey Services of the Main Line is a non-profit partner with centers in Berwyn and Broomall serving nearly 3,000 persons annually to enable them to continue living in their home. Services include transportation, in- home meals and assistance, and senior citizen activities. Lunch is offered at the center each day. WPC members serve on the board of directors and volunteer assistance with activities.

Wayne Senior Center provides services and activities to Wayne area seniors, and WPC members have and are active on the board of directors. They serve more than 1,000 senior citizen patrons annually by providing programs in health information and screening, fitness classes, cultural experiences at the center and excursions, computer education, tax preparation assistance and more. A hot lunch is served week days, and low-cost transportation is available.

Mission to Chinese Seamen makes Christ’s Word known to Chinese seafarers while they are docked in Philadelphia. It was founded by the WPC family of Dr. John and Janice Hill. The ministry of MCS focuses on Far East seafarers, particularly those of Chinese ethnicity because of the restrictions against preaching the gospel in their home country. Seafarers of Chinese heritage also make up a large percentage of the world’s merchant seamen. It is estimated that 80% of the world’s merchant seamen are Asians.

CityLights Ministry Partners

Cornerstone Christian Academy is an independent, private Christian school in SW Philadelphia serving Kindergarten through 8th Grade students in a safe, disciplined, and spiritual educational environment. Nearly 100% of Cornerstone graduates complete high school on time, and many pursue a college dgree. The WPC congregation has supported this partner with time, talent, and funds for over 15 years.

Mitchell Elementary School is a public school situated in the heart of the Kingsessing community, serving local students in grades K through 5. Mitchell is an active site for WPC reading tutors and the Story-Time Readers. Through volunteer service and funds, WPC has enhanced the playground and school library facilities at Mitchell, as well as the educational program.

Myers Tots Program is located in the F.J. Myers Recreation Center in Kingsessing. This program prepares tots for school and community by teaching self-help skills and providing play with other children. They are a resource of solutions for children and their families with difficult circumstances. Teachers also provide information on a wide range of resources for parents and families.

Sherwood Christian Outreach Center offers day care for infants through 5-yr-olds, summer day camp, and a soup kitchen. WPC members assist with the hunger ministry that serves hot lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays and have completed kitchen renovations as needed.

Southwest Community Development Corporation seeks to improve the quality of life in SW Philadelphia through economic development and support services to the community. Partnerships with members of the community, WPC and other churches, government agencies, private non-profit agencies, and businesses of all kinds help build neighborhood pride, enable residents to acquire and maintain homes, promote jobs creation, and stimulate the economic development of the area. WPC members serve in an advisory capacity as well as provide connections to other resources to assist SWCDC staff members with programs.

Southwest Globe Times is a free community newspaper.  The Globe reports all the good news of the SW Philadelphia community through distribution of 6,000 papers twice monthly to the residents of the Bartram, Kingsessing, Elmwood Park, Eastwick & Middle Southwest, Penrose Park, and Paschall neighborhoods. WPC funds have expanded distribution and supported employment for an intern to assist with development and publication of the paper.

Southwest Community Enrichment Center was founded in 1969 by local residents and clergy.  The SWCEC is a non-profit community-based human services organization that provides a broad range of services to the Kingsessing section, including a seniors club, Bible study, and home visitation program, community arts center, teen computer training, and an emergency food cupboard.

Global Mission Partners

International Justice Mission is a human-rights agency dedicated to rescuing victims of violence, sexual exploitation, human slavery, and oppression. Its founder, Gary Haugen has authored several books on IJM and preached from the WPC pulpit. In addition to financial support, WPC members provide prayer support here in Wayne, and at prayer rally events in Washington.

Opportunity International Network strives to reach the world's poorest people through its micro-enterprise development programs. Recognizing that the large majority of the world's poorest people are women and that they contribute decisively to the well-being of their families, Opportunity makes it a priority to support programs that serve the particular needs of women. Their commitment is motivated by Jesus Christ's call to serve the poor.

AIDS Crisis Overseas – Church and Community projects, including prevention, education, home-based care, spiritual & emotional care for those living with HIV/AIDS throughout Africa.

Care with Love Farm, is a halfway house for children with cancer.  This ministry is situated on a farm outside Cairo where children are taken care of between treatments in order to boost their immune systems through good nutrition. Their mothers receive training in subsistence farming so they can provide food for their families.

Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo was founded to train pastors and other leaders for service in the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Synod of the Nile. To date they have more than 180 students enrolled an increase of 30 students since 2007. Most of the students are Egyptians, but many other nationalities are represented. A sizeable group of students comes from the Sudan to prepare for pastoral ministry or for teaching religion in secondary schools.

Emmanuel Hospital Association is the largest private healthcare network serving mainly the poor of northern India in the name of Jesus Christ. WPC helped to build an operating theater for one of their 19 hospitals in a district populated by the impoverished “untouchables” caste.

Presbyterian Education Board is part of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan and is supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other churches and organizations worldwide. Its purpose is to provide high quality education fully informed by and rising out of its Christian values and its Christian roots. The scope of the Board extends to primary and secondary schools, higher education and vocational, professional and technical training for children regardless of race or creed; to hostels for Christian children. WPC has supported the past construction of a new English-speaking middle school called Kinnaird Academy.

CURE International transforms the lives of children with disabilities and their families in the developing world through medical and spiritual healing, serving all by establishing specialty teaching hospitals, building partnerships, and advocating for these children. 

Social Justice Mission Partners

Bread For the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Their partners represent a broad spectrum of church organizations and faith communities—Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox. Working with Bread for the World will encourage WPC members to address the root cases of hunger by changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty. Help add our Christian voices to theirs to spread the Kingdom of God.

Good Schools PA is a statewide network of citizens who are informed and mobilized in support of educational justice in public education. They promote the fundamental right of all children to a high quality education. They believe that we can improve our schools when we join together in calling for adequate funds that are equitably distributed, proven educational practices to meet a standard of excellence, and effective accountability measures.

Construction Ministry Partners

Hammers with Heart is the name of the group of WPC members (and others) who perform mission construction outreach for or with our existing mission partners, potential mission partners, and the WPC property in cooperation with the Administration Committee. Recent accomplishments include construction of a library addition at Cornerstone Christian Academy, kitchen refurbishment at Sherwood Soup Kitchen, wall construction at the Philadelphia Montessori Charter School, home frame construction for shipping to Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia, and training WPC youth in preparation of home repair service on the upcoming Mission Trip to Appalachia this summer.

Good Works is a Christian home repair ministry operating in the Coatesville and West Chester region. In 2004, WPC became a “Good Neighbor” church. We renovated a home in West Chester, and that homeowner worked with us to repair the home of an elderly neighbor. Since then, WPC members and others have worked on several homes in West Chester.

Habitat for Humanity - Through Hammers with Heart WPC has worked with Habitat on projects throughout Philadelphia. In years past, WPC joined with Presbyterian Churches in Berwyn and Paoli to rehabilitate an entire house in North Philadelphia.

Rebuilding Together is a partnership involving home repair projects centered on northeast Philadelphia and environs primarily for low-income, elderly and/or disabled homeowners. Hammers with Heart has just completed repairs on two homes in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.