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Every year, First Presbyterian Church donates funds and sponsors walkers in the CROP Hunger Walk. CROP walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools to wells and water systems, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs – something CWS has learned through 70 years of working in partnership around the world.
First Presbyterian Church supports the clean water for Honduras program of the Rotary Club of Grand Haven. The Rotary Club and dedicated volunteers have installed thousands of water filters and have constructed small and large water systems bringing clean water to families in Honduras.
Founded in 1997 by Tom Braak, Faith in Action International (FIAI) is a Christian, grassroots organization whose goal is to tangibly express God’s love to people living in impoverished communities. Tom was born in Marquette, Michigan and felt God’s call to become a missionary in Haiti.
FIAI is presently focused on assisting families living in the mountains surrounding Haiti’s Artibonite Valley. FIAI staff provide fruit and vegetable trees, goats, water filters and follow-up training to Haitian farmers and families so they may learn to identify, prioritize and solve local challenges. Since the mission’s founding, staff have helped Haitian villagers learn best practices for sustainable development that will prepare them for a better future. Pastoral and lay leader seminars provide training, Creole Bibles and Hymnals to Haitian clergy members through FIAI’s work. Clergy from the U.S. travel to Haiti to discuss the scriptures, songs to use in worship, Christian films, and administration of the sacraments, among other ministry work.