Mission Support

Yorkfield Presbyterian Church supports more than 30 mission partners each year. We support these partners with our dollars, and many of them with our time and energy.

Mission Co-Workers

Among the thirty plus mission partners that Yorkfield Presbyterian Church supports each year are four specific mission workers who serve throughout the world. They are Todd and Maria Luke in Mexico, Leisa Wagstaff in South Sudan, Rev. Sr.  Jonathan Seitz and family, along with Rev. John McCall in Taiwan. Click on a slide to open their ministry web page for more information. 

Special Offerings

As part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we participate in four churchwide special offerings each year. Churchwide special offerings provide valuable fund raising and mission interpretation opportunities. These offerings serve as a significant way for the church to identify and respond to priority needs. Churchwide special offerings are a key component of the church's funding of ongoing programs and are an essential part of the Churchwide Funding Plan.

The four churchwide special offerings in the calendar year are: One Great Hour of Sharing Offering (Mar-Apr), Pentecost Offering (May-Jun), Peace & Global Witness Offering (Oct), and Christmas Joy Offering (Dec)

Mission Partners

The following are some of the ministries we support through our Mission giving.  If you click on a ministry logo, you will be connected to that ministry's website.

 

Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult.

Compassion means “to suffer with” and is an emotional response of sympathy. But it’s not just a feeling. The feeling is combined with a desire to help. Because we have compassion, we want to take action and help the person who is suffering.

Family Shelter Service transforms lives by offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence.We confront domestic violence, in the moment, where people need us, turning no one away. Our promise is to provide faster, greater, equal access to services to help people in DuPage County thrive not just survive.

Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network: The people of our faith communities, service organizations, businesses and caring individuals unite in partnership to provide compassionate and effective assistance to people in need in our community.

We Help by welcoming those who come, by listening, assessing needs, and responding. Sometimes that involves giving referrals for food or clothing, sometimes helping to pay essential bills like utilities, housing, car repair or prescriptions. We may provide train or bus tickets, or vouchers and certificates to local businesses - all according to our guidelines. Often we provide a connection to other resources that may help immediately or over a longer term. At no time do we give out cash.

Facing Forward: Envisioning a better future is the first step to empowerment. We break the cycle of homelessness in Chicago by providing housing and social services that empower individuals to face forward to a new future. We know that connecting people to safe, stable, long-term housing first creates the best platform to address the root causes of homelessness.

Over the past five years, 85 percent of our clients have changed their lives and ended their cycle of homelessness. They have pride in their home. They receive health care that improves their quality of life. They earn high school degrees and excel in college programs. And their children thrive.

Love, Inc.'s mission is to mobilize the local churches to transform lives and communities In the name of Christ. This is based on a vision of churches and agencies working in cooperation with one another to provide assistance to the whole person. The organization acts as a "clearinghouse", linking people to the appropriate services.

The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and loneliness. We accept individuals as they are and offer support as they seek to improve their lives. We invite others to join this hope-filled work.

DuPagePads is so much more than a pad on the floor. DuPagePads is about the journey home. It’s about the journey from dependency to self-sufficiency.  

The solution to end homelessness starts with housing. It is more complex than providing individuals with food and shelter. DuPagePads is the largest provider of interim and permanent housing, coupled with support services in order to help individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient. These vital support services enable the individuals we help to receive case management and life coaching, employment support such as job coaching, as well as engagement with employers.

Sarah's Circle, located in Chicago's Uptown community, is a refuge for women who are homless or in need of a safe place. By providing housing assistance, case management, referrral services, and life necessites, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their full potiential.

Sarah's Circle offers several services comprehensive physical services, permanent supportive housing, clinical services, a network of resources, and a community to over 900 women a year. 

Opportunity International provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to over two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Opportunity International helps 4.7 million clients in over twenty-two developing countries expand business, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net of savings and insurance

Friendship Bridge provides microfinance, education, and preventive health services to help clients build resilience and pursue opportunities. We call this Microcredit Plus. Products and services are provided based on each client’s level of individual development. Our Client Continuum strategy guides this process.

In our Client Continuum, we segment our clients into three categories: Leaders, Entrepreneurs, & Dreamers. Based on their levels of individual development, we provide appropriate programs and services to our clients.

Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. We save lives, develop long-term solutions for poverty, and campaign for social change. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions.

Our vision is to have a just world without poverty. Our mission is to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice.

The purpose of the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry is for the charitable distribution of food for the relief of hunger to our neighbors in need residing in the communities surrounding us, including Elmhurst, Addison, Bensenville, Berkeley, Hillside, Lombard, Oak Brook and Villa Park.

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian food relief organization that provides nutritional MannaPack rice food supplements to the hungry throughout the world. The MannaPack rice food parcels are packed at FMSC sites throughout the United States, including locally in the Chicagoland area.

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decisions makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, we advocate for a world without hunger.

Our Mission: Bread members send letters and emails, make phone calls, and visit their members of Congress about legislation that addresses hunger in the U.S. and around the world.  We work to change the policies and conditions that allow hunger to persist. Bread seeks long-term solutions to hunger and advocates on legislation that addresses the root causes of hunger.

Destiny Rescue is an international, Christian based, organization dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and exploitation. It operates various programs in six nations: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), India, and Mozambique.

Mercy International (Beyond Mercy): Projects change circumstances, but relationships change lives. Mercy International meets the physical needs of the poor, destitute, and spiritually bankrupt fostering lasting relationships with our eyes on eternity. While meeting the physical needs of the poor, we seize divine opportunities to touch these lives, even among professionals we meet. Not only are Honduran lives transformed by their introduction to hope through Christ, but those we mobilize, short-term or long-term, even Honduran professionsals and tradesmen, are transformed by the experience.

The Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants is a non-profit, faith-based organization of staff and volunteers called to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of all individuals and communities affected by immigration detention, deportation, and post-detention through pastoral care, advocacy, public witness and other activities. 

We believe that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic human rights, including livelihood, family unity, and physical and emotional safety. We also seek to provide national leadership and models for detention work and general interfaith collaboration.

Reclaim13 is working to free children from sexual exploitation. Reclaim13 reaches into the lives of children most vulnerable to abuse and exploitation through their prevention program in schools, by bringing awareness to the issue so individuals and communities can rally around these vulnerable children, and through their efforts to bring healing, though mentorship and shelter. Reclaim 13 operates Cherish House, a home for girls between the ages of 10-17 recovered from sex trafficking. Cherish House is the only specialized care facility in the state of Illinois for children. At Cherish House children can heal, play, complete their education, and reclaim the path of freedom and hope.

DuPage United was founded and exists today to change systems and structures that are unjust. We are an organization of organizations which is inclusive, non-profit, fiercely non-partisan whose members are civil society institutions: churches, mosques, synagogues, non-profit agencies, and associations. This mix of institutions have come together to form public relationships and to act together to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. DuPage United engages in democratic action in the public arena.

Cook Native American Ministries, located in Tempe, Arizona, is dedicated to education, empowering, and equipping Native Americans. For over 30 years they have offered a wide variety of courses appropriate to the needs and interests of Native and Non-Native leaders, clergy, and laity. Cook has produced Christian leaders, pastors, teachers, educators, and community leaders from across the nation and beyond.