Blackhawk Presbytery
Thursday, April 09, 2020
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061



Kenya Partnership

First formed in 1996, this partnership between the Presbyterian Church of East Africa and Blackhawk Presbytery is recognized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The agreement provides support, training, and relationship for parishes, congregations, institutions, and pastors in the Imenti Presbyteries. Blackhawk Presbytery has provided annual training programs, exchange trips between the presbyteries, consultation, and capital funds for a Conference Training Center in Meru. A number of congregations in the presbytery are partners with congregations or institutions in Imenti presbyteries. 
               First Presbyterian Church, Harvard 




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“Coins for Kenya” is a joint project between Blackhawk and the Imenti Presbyteries of Kenya.  Begun several years ago by the Kenya churches, Blackhawk congregations also have collected coins or made donations that have grown to many thousands of dollars.  Wired in advance of the mission trips in 2013 and 2017, the members of these Blackhawk delegations assisted in the purchase and distribution of food at two locations. The people who received food reside in the Northern part of Kenya where persistent drought has made it impossible to grow anything for a very long time.

The Kenya Partnership is continuing this important project and are asking all the churches in Blackhawk Presbytery to continue collecting or consider starting to collect your coins for feeding the hungry in Kenya. Churches can choose their own way of collecting money –special offerings, a decorated container for collecting coins, or any other ideas. Please use the flier to encourage participation.
While we know we did not solve the problem of hunger with these distributions, we shared from our abundance with those in need and will continue to do so.

Money can be sent to the Presbytery office and will be held in an account and sent quarterly to Imenti where they will purchase food and deliver it to those who are hungry.