This is a twenty year (1996-2016), formal partnership between the Presbyterian Church of East Africa and northern Illinois, as recognized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The agreement provides support, training, and relationship for parishes, congregations, institutions, and pastors in the Imenti Presbyteries. Blackhawk Presbytery has provided annual training programs, exchange trips between the presbyteries, consultation, and capital funds for a Conference Training Center in Meru. A number of congregations in the presbytery are partners with congregations or institutions in Imenti presbyteries.
Contact: Elder Claire Brennecka
First Presbyterian Church, Harvard
Mission Trip January 10 - 26, 2017
COMMEMORATING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PARTNERSHIP
Ken Mozingo created a slide show to commemorate the 20th anniversary. Please contact him for a copy if you would like to share.
Follow the Group using their Prayer Calendar created by Rev. Anita Stuart-Steva.
COINS FOR KENYA
“Coins for Kenya” is a joint project between Blackhawk and the Imenti Presbyteries of Kenya. Begun several years ago by the Kenya churches, many of our churches collected coins or made donations over the past year that grew to over $3500. Wired in advance of the mission trip in the fall of 2013, the 14 members of the Blackhawk delegation assisted in the purchase and distribution of food at two locations. The people who received food reside in the Northern part of Kenya where drought has made it impossible to grow anything for a very long time.
The Kenya Partnership would like to announce that the project is continuing for at least another year and are asking all the churches in Blackhawk Presbytery to resume collecting or consider starting to collect your coins for feeding the hungry in Kenya. Churches can choose their own way of collecting money –special offerings, a decorated container for collecting coins, or any other ideas.
While we know we did not solve the problem of hunger, we shared from our abundance with those in need and will continue to do so.
Money can be sent to the Presbytery office and will be held in an account and sent quarterly to Imenti where they will purchase food and deliver it to those who are hungry.