Your Church Can Make a Big Difference in a Child’s Life

Your Church can make a differenceLucy, a 13-year-old girl who simply refused to go to school, said going to school was miserable because the kids picked on her. It was true — the kids made fun of Lucy all the time. Lucy’s mother’s untreated mental illness made life very difficult for Lucy and her four younger siblings. When the school bus arrived to pick up the kids, Lucy’s mother would come out of the house and scream as the bus was leaving — with all the other students watching. As tough as her school days were, Lucy’s life at home was much worse. For years she endured her mother’s verbal and physical abuse. Finally, she was offered help.

When she moved into one of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ Group Homes, slowly but surely Lucy began to heal, to open up and to grow more confident. When Lucy turned 14, her Group Home family threw her a party — the first birthday party she’d had in her entire life — complete with a piñata. Sometimes the smallest expressions of love can make a big difference in a child’s life.

As your congregation prepares to celebrate the Church’s birthday, please consider designating 40% of this year’s Pentecost offering to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS). Your support will make a big difference in the lives of at-risk children like Lucy. Each year Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services helps thousands of children and families. Lend your support today.

If you plan to make a PCUSA Pentecost Offering, we are asking that you dedicate the offering to local children’s ministries like Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services. PCHAS will help you publicize this offering with bulletin inserts, minute for mission or other resources for use in your congregation. Just ask your local PCHAS Development Officer for those resources.

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