Traditionally, a 20-25 person mission team made up of members and friends of New Hope, traveled to Piedras Negras, Mexico every Summer to spend a week building a house for a family in need through the well-established program called Constructores Para Cristo. The work was hard and the heat intense, but the rewards were unquestionable. The family receiving the new house helped us build, and we interacted with relatives, local children, neighbors and animals, as well as the CPC staff and the other missionary groups. Constructores Para Cristo also operates a pre-school, medical clinic and veterinary clinic in the community, and opened a children’s library! Due the recent years of violence in the area we have stayed closer to home, going to Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, PA in 2013 and putting on a Vacation Bible School and repairing homes in West Virginia in 2015. These activities help our teenage population learn the benefits of service to others and provides them with opportunities to lead.
For years New Hope collected coins from the congregation for our Fish for Change project. When the collection jar was full (or too heavy to lift!), the proceeds were donated to the Haiti Fund, Inc which supports self development in rural Haiti. The funds specifically go toward the creation of Tilapia fish ponds which provide much needed protein and the potential for small business. Haiti Fund is a small non-profit supported, in part, by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and many Presbyterian congregations.
We also have a mission relationship with the Ecuadent Foundation to support their mission trips to Ecuador. They provide quality health care to impoverished children, offering both dental and medical surgeries, procedures and preventive education. They treat children afflicted with various congenital deformities including cleft lips and palates and also distribute food, toys, school supplies, love and compassion.
Our other global work includes financial support to: YGro, an educational program in Sri Lanka; the building project of Fellowship of Christian Students (FOCUS) in Sri Lanka; care packages and greeting cards to our military troops overseas; disaster relief efforts of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program; four PCUSA special offerings (One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost Offering, Peacemaking Offering and Christmas Joy Offering) and PCUSA Unified Mission Support.