The featured missionaries are those who are currently or have recently been supported by PEVA member churches. Each of these missionaries are featured for “Designated Giving” selection when churches do their annual unified and designated giving decisions.
If you do not find the missionary which you choose to support, go to www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/mission-connections If you find a missionary that you prefer to support, you may donate to that missionaries ministry by citing “Designated Giving Code 2999” and putting the missionaries name and project number on your remittance form orpledge form. You can also request that PEVA establish a "Designated Giving" code for that missionary to make your remittances easier.
Funds remitted to PEVA under the “Designated Giving Code” are consolidated with those of all the churches supporting a selected missionary and forwarded to PC (USA) approximately every month citing which church contributed to the support of which missionary.
Designated Giving Code: #2019:
Nadia Ayoub is serving in the Ukraine in early childhood education. She has been under appointment of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) since 1997 when she served in Central Asia first as a long-term volunteer in women’s ministry, and then as a mission co-worker with various responsibilities in social services.
Born into a Christian family in Egypt, Nadia and her family immigrated to the United States in 1985. “By age 10, I was aware of the loving friendship I have with the Lord Jesus Christ and I trust him as my Savior.” Before she left Egypt, she had earned her Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Ain Shams University in Cairo and also her Bachelor of Science degree in Christian theology from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. In the Ukraine, Nadia will develop and assist the Reformed Church in Carpath-Ukraine to implement church-related early childhood education programs for Roma children in marginalized Roma communities. This pre-evangelism outreach will steadily improve the self esteem and status of Roma children and their parents in the eyes of other Roma and of those in the larger Ukrainian society. In addition, she will work with international and national full-time volunteers to develop a comprehensive early childhood development program that can be used by other communities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Degignated Giving Code: #2040
Ruth Charles Brown
Ruth Charles Brown is a Mission Co-Worker who is developing community coalitions for sustainable agriculture. She is working in partnership with the PC(USA) churches, PC(USA) World Missions, and the Presbyterian Church of Congo (Kasai), Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Designated Giving Code: #2139
Nancy was appointed in January 2009 as a mission co-worker to serve as health coordinator with ACROSS, the Association of Christian Resource Organisations Serving Sudan. She serves at the invitation of the PC(USA)’s partner in southern Sudan, the Presbyterian Church of Sudan.
Designated Giving Code: #2196
Leslie and Cynthia Morgan
Les and Cindy Morgan have been serving as missionaries for the PC(USA) in Bangladesh since 1989. After serving three years at the Christian Health and Agricultural Project in Ahladipur (CHAPA), they joined as health advisors for the Church of Bangladesh (COB) and were stationed at Christian Mission Hospital (CMH) in Rajshahi for 13 and a half years. In August 2006, the Morgans relocated to the capital city of Dhaka, where they serve as advisors for the Church of Bangladesh health ministries.
The Morgans continue to serve at Christian Mission Hospital, traveling back and forth to Rajshahi once or twice a month. CMH is an 80-bed facility that serves Muslims, Hindus and Christians from the greater Rajshahi area. Patients come to CMH because of its reputation for compassionate care for the sick. The hospital’s nursing school has a four-year training course with 60 students who are learning to serve the sick in Christ’s name.
Designated Giving Code: #2142
Tracey is based in Managua, Nicaragua, but travels frequently throughout all five Central America countries in which the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has denominational partners: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Serving as World Mission's regional liaison for Central America.
Tracey helps create better communication between World Mission, mission personnel, partner churches and PC(USA) congregations interested in ministry in Central America. She has a special focus on programs of reconciliation and peacemaking.
Designated Giving Code: #2160
Larry and Inge Sthreshley
Larry and Inge Sthreshley have been under appointment as mission co-workers since 1987. Larry is director of Project AXxes, a large rural health organization that builds and maintains a health infrastructure for rural Congo.
AXxes focuses on health outcomes (as opposed to building institutions) in southern and eastern Congo, including regions caught up in what has been called the “world’s deadliest war.” Larry heads a team of 50 people that has an impact on the health of eight million people—fighting malaria, TB, malnutrition, and childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and respiratory infection.
Designated Giving Code: #2180
Michael and Rachel Weller
PC(USA) Editor’s note: Michael and Rachel Weller are currently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Rachel is a full-time student earning her degree in nursing and Michael serves as the Regional Liaison for the Horn of Africa, dividing his time between Pittsburgh and Africa.
Michael and Rachel Weller were appointed in 1994 to serve in Ethiopia with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). Michael is PC(USA)’s regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, where PC(USA) works with partner churches in Sudan and Ethiopia. Rachel is health coordinator for the East and West Gambella Bethel Synods of the EECMY in western Ethiopia.
The Wellers began their service in Ethiopia in Dembi Dollo in the remote western highlands, where the first Presbyterian mission was established in 1919 to combat the worldwide flu epidemic. From 1994 to 2001, Michael taught at the Gidada Bible School, which trains adults for various positions of leadership within the church. Michael helped put together a curriculum so students could receive a diploma at the end of three years of study and pursue ordination as pastors.