Our Global Mission Involvement
Knox is committed to the national and international mission work of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. To that end, in 2017 our goal was to give at least $33,000 to Presbyterians Sharing, the denomination’s budget. That budget supports such things as hospital and university chaplains in Canada, building new congregations, supporting Aboriginal ministry in Canada, translating the Bible into different languages abroad, and sending mission personnel as theological teachers or medical doctors to the developing world. Knox was very generous toward this fund this past year having given $37,547.
See the video produced byt he Presbyterian Church in Canada entilted "Your Gifts in Action". (2017)" (93 mb)
In addition, Knox supports the global ministry of Presbyterian World Service and Development [PWS&D]. PWS&D does two things: long-term development in the Third World, whether village wells in Ethiopia, agricultural development in India, or child and maternal health in Malawi. PWS&D also responds immediately to world emergencies, usually working cooperatively with other church agencies. You will often find on our website, a specific appeal to support PWS&D projects.
Knox’s Mission Committee has a goal to raise at least $2,000 during Lent 2018, to be sent to help Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) respond to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.
You may wonder, “What and where, is this happening?” The Rohingya people, a Muslim minority living in the Rakhine State in Myanmar (formerly Burma), started to experience violent oppression at the end of last summer. In October, the Rohingya people began to flee on foot for their lives, northward into Bangladesh. They arrived in the Cox Bazaar region of Bangladesh, where they now outnumber the local population by 3 to 1. The approximately 830,000 refugees now dwell in a tent city. This region of Bangladesh has been de-stabilized by the arrival of so many refugees, since the local residents are also in need of life-giving assistance. Thus, the total number of people in need is 1.2 million.
PWS&D is responding to this crisis by cooperating with the Canadian Food-grains Bank to help deliver life-saving food - lentils, oil, sugar and salt. With other church partners, PWS&D is also responding to meet needs for non-food items such as shelter, sanitation, and psychosocial help.