Yorkminster Presbyterian Church reaches out in love to our world.

What Is "Mission" and Why Do We Do It?

The mission of the church is the heart of Jesus’ Great Commission to his disciples in Matthew 28:

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."

Christians believe that Jesus has sent us to be a light to the whole world, not just our small corner of it. We meet people where their needs are, knowing that God has a deep concern for the poor and oppressed. We are challenged to be God’s hand extended to others, demonstrating the love that has been given to us through Jesus Christ. In mission, we share the Good News about Christ, not just with words, but also with our actions. Our global mission activities are guided by the principles outlined below.

Yorkminster’s Guiding Principles for Global Mission

  • Support projects our congregation/members get involved in and are passionate about.
  • Give all congregation members opportunities for hands-on, personal experience with cross-cultural mission.
  • Become involved in the lives and ministries of our missionary families.
  • Focus on maintaining a broad base of involvement to better educate our congregation about the scope of mission activities in the world.
  • Create awareness by communicating our focus and activities to the congregation to foster their personal involvement.
  • Model and encourage regular prayer for partner mission workers and ministries.
  • Give preference to partnering with ministries which rise from within the PC(USA) context.
  • Make sure the recipient provides accountability for good stewardship in how dollars are spent.

Honduras Mission Trips

YPC has sponsored multiple mission trips to Honduras over the past several years, and will continue to support an annual trip. In the past, the Yorkminster teams have concentrated on providing medical assistance and construction labor. Both the participants from Yorkminster, and the Honduran people they help, are deeply and positively affected by the experience. Many of the Honduran people receiving assistance rarely, if ever, get to see trained medical professionals. In addition, the mission team works closely with Tim and Gloria Wheeler, missionaries in Honduras that we help support, to provide improved living conditions. Recently, we helped purchase land to create a new village, providing homes for people that currently have no where to live.

There are lots of ways to get involved, including joining the mission team, helping at events designed to raise funds for the trip, praying for the team, and collecting items to send with our team. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Global Missions committee, or one of our YPC pastors.

Kindele Sister Church

We have a sister church in the Congo, called Kindele. In the summer of 2009, a delegate from Kindele visited Yorkminster, and we have kept in touch with her and her church since then. The Kindele church is located in the capital city, Kinshasa, and Yorkminster has provided funds to help them buy musical instruments, perform repairs to their church, and buy a laptop computer. The Congo mission is supported by PEVA, and a PEVA delegation traveled to the Congo to visit representatives from our sister churches this past summer (2010). We hope to continue our relationship with this special church and the Congolese people.

Girls School Rosa Duarte

We have recently begun a relationship with a school for underprivileged girls in the Dominican Republic. The “Rosa Duarte” school provides food, clothing, shelter and education for 134 girls in Santo Domingo. Part of their school uniform is blue jeans, and Yorkminster recently collected and shipped over 50 pairs of new and gently used blue jeans. The school has many other needs, and we look forward to helping them in the future.

Stop Hunger Now

Yorkminster partnered with "Stop Hunger Now," a nonprofit that seeks to end hunger around the world. Their meal packaging program provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in school feeding programs in developing countries. On Saturday, April 16, 2011, over 150 volunteers from seven local churches gathered in Yorkminster's Covenant Hall to package 30,000 meals in two hours. The volunteers ranged in age from preschoolers to great-grandparents.