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India tops list of PC(USA) beneficiaries overseas

Date 6 Jun 2002 16:24:17 -0400

Note #7195 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:


India tops list of PC(USA) beneficiaries overseas

Switzerland, world capital of ecumenism, ranks next as receiver of funds

by Jerry L. Van Marter

LOUISVILLE - If you had to name the five countries that received the most money from the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2001, which would be on your list?

No. 1 is easy: It's the United States. 
According to the controller's office in Mission Support Services, the PC(USA) spent $50,423,159 in "gifts, grants and special payments" in 2001, more than $37 million of it in the United States.
The rest of the top five:

	India           $1,430,637
	Switzerland  	$1,371,243
	Zaire           $   876,392
	Lebanon        	$   819,249
Although only 2 percent of Indians are Christians, PC(USA) partner churches there are generally believed to have the best schools, hospitals and social-service agencies in the country. The PC(USA) also contributed substantial sums last year, through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, for earthquake relief in India.

Switzerland made the list because of PC(USA) support of the World Council of Churches, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and ACT, the international ecumenical disaster-relief agency - all with headquarters in Geneva.

Zaire has long been one of the PC(USA)'s top-ranking mission fields in Africa.
In Lebanon, PC(USA) financial support aids the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, and many Lebanese Armenians, through the Jinishian Memorial Program.
The second five:

	Puerto Rico  	$688,512
	China           $636,247
	Brazil          $544,408
	Ethiopia       	$432,170
	Armenia       	$416,980
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