Missions - Abroad
Madagascar Mission Minute Update
Madagascar Mission Photo Gallery
Akany Gazela, Madagascar
The town of Tsarahonenana, which is on National Road #4 in NW Madagascar near the town of Andriba. In early March, the Fruits, Vegetables, and Environmental Education (FVEE) program trained 50 people from Tsarahonenana in how to grow and graft mango trees.
The training took place at the fruit center at Mahatsinjo. The people of Tsarahonenana are starting to grow selected varieties of mangos that have the potential to help the people get on a path out of poverty.
On 1 April 2021 when the photographs were taken, Germain Andrianaivoson (on right side of group photo, wearing mask) took 6 fruit trees for each of the 50 people who got trained. Each trainee received 3 grafted mango trees (each a different variety), a Miho-Wase tangerine, a peanut butter fruit, and a jaboticaba.
The FVEE will be providing follow-up to help the participants to successfully grow the trees and to graft their own trees so as to get as many grafted mango trees as they would like. The training was part of a project partially funded by the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
As part of this program, people have also been trained at Ankaramena in South Central Madagascar as well as Volunteer Technicians and pastors from the Maevatsara Synod where the fruit center is located.
Further trainings are planned for this year for pastors and volunteer technicians in the synod where the Mandritsara seminary is located as well as (covid permitting) for evangelists and volunteer technicians from some of the FJKM’s >70 evangelism posts.
Eastminster's Missional Work
Core Missional Targets
To reach out to organizations in our own community and around the world to assist people and communities with shelter, food and water. We have expanded our missional targets to now include educational materials and supplies as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our annual budget is $30,600. The following organizations are recipients of our mission budget(CITA, Community of Hope, United Way, Sower’s Field, Brevard Indian River Mission, Daily Bread, Pregnancy Resources, Seafarer’s Ministry, Space Coast Center for Women and Children, the Sharing Center, His Place, African Dream Project, Habitat for Humanity, Pridmore Center, Madagascar Missionary Projects, Nana’s House, St Stephen’s Way and Unique People with Purpose.
In the past two years, we have also had a Mission Match in which a family of the church has contributed $25,000 annually and the congregation has generously matched this amount. In 2020, we raised approximately $49,000 through this initiative. The recipients of these funds are the Madagascar Mission Project, Second Harvest Food Bank, Daily Bread, Habitat for Humanity and the Interfaith Food Distribution Drive, and we will also be using some of the funds in December to provide Christmas gifts to families, individuals and especially children in Brevard County through an initiative that we will be promoting after Consecration Sunday known as the Joy of Christmas.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church also has two other mission-oriented funds during the year. The Women’s Tea event raised over $4,400 for the Dock in Brevard County. The other fund is the Samaritan Fund which provides assistance to individuals and families in need at our church. (Managed by the church itself.) Approximately $2,500 have been distributed from this fund in 2020.
We have food drives and educational material drives throughout the year in which our members donate products through the church as well.
Mission Committee 2019/2020 Successes
- Successfully raised and donated nearly $100,000 to over 15 mission partners in the community and globally.
- Worked with Outreach and the Interfaith Fellowship to distribute food to families in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Focused and participated in our three missional target areas of providing food, water and shelter to those in need.