Mission - reaching out to meet the material spiritual, and social needs of others beyond our own membership, both locally or globally - is one of the primary reasons that the Christian Church exists. Springdale takes this responsibility - what we believe to be a command of God - very seriously. We do these things because we’re grateful for the love and acceptance that God has given to us; and as a sign of that gratitude, we work to extend similar love, acceptance, and assistance to others. As followers of Jesus Christ, we're committed to living out our faith through concrete action. Here are just a few of the many ways that we do that.
Springdale is very active in refugee assistance and resettlement. For nearly two decades, we have partnered with Kentucky Refugee Ministries to provide successful integration of refugees into our community, to offer access to community resources and opportunities, and to promote an increased awareness of diversity as a benefit to all.
We’re also a partner congregation of the Portland Avenue Community Trust, operated by the Portland Avenue Presbyterian Church. The Community Trust serves as the heart, hands, and feet of Christ by helping to provide the needs of our neighbors on the west side of Louisville. Springdale provides a combination of material and financial support, as well as hands-on volunteer assistance.
Uspiritus is an organization with roots that go back 160 years in the Louisville area. The organization provides nurture and support for many of the children in our city who need help the most. They do this through residential treatment programs, foster care and adoption services, and a number of community-based services. As with other mission partners, Springdale provides a combination of material, financial, and volunteer services.
In addition to our local involvement, our concern for others extends to international and global need, too. One way that we do that is by supporting the efforts of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - our denominational body that cares for families and communities affected by disasters, and to help them achieve long-term physical, psychological and spiritual recovery as a witness to the healing love of Christ. Once again, we do this through a combination of material and volunteering.
Global Mission Co-worker Support
In addition to global mission through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Springdale also provides support for several international Mission Co-workers:
Michael Parker - Egypt
Michael Parker is a Presbyterian teaching elder serving as the Director of Graduate Studies and a professor of Church History at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC), Egypt. ETSC is a seminary of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt. The school, founded in 1863 by U.S. Presbyterians, has its main campus in Cairo and two branch campuses, one in Alexandria and the other in Minya. The number of full- and part-time students is between 325 and 350, making ETSC the largest Christian seminary in the Middle East. Most of the students are from Egypt, but some are from other countries in the Middle East. As ETSC grows and develops it is well positioned to become a center for Christian studies for the entire region of the Middle East.
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Jonathan & Emily Seitz - Taiwan
Since 2009 Jonathan and Emily Seitz have served at the invitation of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. Jonathan teaches at the Taiwan Theological Seminary in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Students are mostly ethnically Taiwanese, but there are also a mix of “indigenous” and international students. Jonathan teaches classes related to mission, religion, and world Christianity.
Emily has been especially interested in work with children and youth, with school and public libraries, with the rise of social media, and with cultural studies. She had earlier studied in Ecuador and was a Jesuit Volunteer working with immigrants in Atlanta. Emily is a visiting fellow this year at Aletheia University, a Presbyterian university in Tamsui.
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