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[PCUSANEWS] $34,000 goes to community programs

Date 4 Dec 2002 09:04:35 -0500

Note #7533 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

$34,000 goes to community programs
December 2, 2002

$34,000 goes to community programs

Rural Ministry grants will help youth, domestic-violence victims

by Evan Silverstein

LOUISVILLE - The Rural Ministry Advisory Committee (RMAC) of the National
Ministries Division (NMD) has awarded grants totaling $34,000 to nine
community-enrichment projects around the country.
Five of the grants went to programs for young people; two others went to
projects that include aid to victims of domestic violence.

"This year the grant proposals once again demonstrate that rural churches and
communities are reaching out to youth and providing safe places for them to
gather, learn and discuss issues," said Diana Stephen, associate for network
support for rural and small-church ministries for the Presbyterian Church
(USA). "Through these projects, youth are affirmed during these critical
years of their lives and are invited to be beacons of hope in their

The RMAC chair is Fred Brust, a retired farmer from Union Mills, IN. The
committee chose the grant recipients during a Sept. 21 meeting in Spokane,
WA. The program was created by action of the 1991 General Assembly and has
awarded annual grants since 1992. 

Committee members are elected by GA and accountable to NMD. The money is from
the budget of the evangelism and church development office. 

The programs: 

* Bridge to Kids, Roseville, OH (Muskingum Valley Presbytery, Synod of the
Covenant): $3,000 for an after-school program for young people and their

* Northern Plains Presbytery, Synod of Lakes and Prairies: $10,000 to support
a statewide ecumenical coalition in North Dakota that offers counseling,
financial aid, supplemental food assistance and other support to farm

* Bison Area Ecumenical Youth Group, Bison, SD (South Dakota Presbytery,
Synod of Lakes and Prairies): $3,000 in "seed money" for a youth group
co-sponsored by four area churches.

* Herington Roadhouse Youth Center, Herington, KS (Northern Kansas
Presbytery, Synod of Mid-America): $3,000 for equipment.

* With This Much Love, Lindsay, CA (San Joaquin Presbytery, Synod of the
Pacific): $3,000 for a local-history project intended to generate community
pride and create a forum for discussion of community issues.

* Proyecto La Nueva Esperanza Inc., San Antonio, PR (Northwest Presbytery,
Synod of Puerto Rico): $3,000 for a community project initiated by the
Hewlett-Packard Co. and the government of Puerto Rico to address issues
related to domestic violence, substance abuse and illness, and to support

* Las Mariposas, San Manuel, AZ (DeCristo Presbytery, Synod of the
Southwest): $3,000 for a program to help domestic-violence survivors
establish themselves in small businesses.

* Horses for Youth, Frederick, OK (Indian Nations Presbytery, Synod of the
Sun): $3,000 for a program to instruct "at-risk" youth in life skills and
leadership as an instrument of evangelism.

* Children Today-Our Future, Huttonsville, WV (West Virginia Presbytery,
Synod of Trinity): $3,000 for a group that provides supervised educational
and recreational activities for young people in a small rural community.

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