Missions and Community Service
Trinity supports a number of local, national and international ministries and is involved with several local community service projects.
Doctors Without Borders
This organization was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people supersede respect for national borders. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, logistics experts, water/sanitation engineers, and administrators join 15,000 locally hired staff to provide medical aid in more than 80 countries.
Adult Work Crews and Disaster Teams
Trinity’s adult work crews have given many hours to local organizations such as Meeting Ground, The Clothing Bank of Delaware, and Friendship House to do electrical work, repair and paint walls, clean rooms, repair screens, build storage areas, and install lighting.
Trinity’s adult disaster relief teams have partnered with Mennonite Disaster Assistance and traveled to Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Louisiana to help rebuild those areas stricken by natural disasters. Participating in a work crew not only repairs or renews physical structures, it also builds fellowship between Trinity and other communities. In 2012, the team traveled to Joplin, Missouri.
One Great Hour of Sharing
For more than 50 years, Presbyterians have responded generously to this opportunity to help brothers and sisters around the world gain a firmer foothold on their paths to a brighter future. Gifts to the One Great Hour enable Presbyterian World Service, the Presbyterian Committee for the Self-Development of People, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program to work as partners with people in need throughout the United States and the world, helping them to meet both their immediate and long-term needs.
Appalachia Service Project
For 36 years, the Appalachia Service Project has been using volunteers to make the homes of people in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee warmer, safer and drier. This year (2010) will be the 26th consecutive year that Trinity youth and adult leaders have participated in this week-long mission trip.
From July 4-11th, 2009, 42 young people and adult leaders traveled to Omar, Logan County, West Virginia where they divided into six teams to accomplish such tasks as installing new roofs, flooring, underpinning, and insulation; building proches; painting; and plumbing, all while getting to know the families they served.
Click on the links below to hear three Trinity teens talk about their experience with Appalachia Service Project.
Habitat for Humanity, New Castle County, Delaware
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that works in partnership with people in need to improve the conditions in which they live. Habitat depends on hundreds of volunteers who like to swing hammers, raise roofs, and paint walls. The mission of Habitat is to build affordable housing at no-profit through a combination of volunteer labor, “sweat equity” and no-interest mortgages.
Trinity volunteers help to build Habitat homes in Wilmington twice a month. In 2005, a five-year pledge was made to Habitat’s “More than Houses” Campaign. As part of Trinity’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2007, a special one-day build in Trinity’s parking lot resulted in two and a half frames for homes. Trinity held another successful one-day build on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Click here to view photos from the 2010 framing event.
Adam Gould, 2005 graduate of Eastern University, founded the Project while interning in Kenya in 2006. Adam has inspired Trinity youth as a speaker at the New Wilmington Mission Conference and shared his story with Trinity's congregation in December 2008.
Emmanuel Dining Room, Wilmington, Delaware
Each month, a team of volunteers from Trinity helps prepare and serve a hot lunch to more than 125 people at Emmanuel Dining Room in Wilmington. The Emmanuel Dining Room is supported by volunteers from more than 90 churches, synagogues and civic groups that prepare and serve meals on a rotating basis.
The Clothing Bank of Delaware is a ministry of Friendship House that includes more than 80 churches and community organizations. The purpose of The Clothing Bank is to employ women entering the work force for the first time in their lives or after lengthy unemployment. Clothing is available to any agency, church or institution that will distribute the clothing free-of-charge. Volunteers are welcome in the warehouse to sort donations. The Clothing Bank is located at 1603 Jessup Street, Wilmington, Delaware.
The Open Door, Rev. Dave Carver
Dave Carver, son of member Frank Carver, and son-in-law of members Gene and Mary McCoy, was instrumental in the creation of The Open Door in 1987. Dave is now pastor at the Crafton Heights Presbyterian Church near to where The Open Door is located.
This community center, located in Pittsburgh’s West End, unites the neighborhood church, merchants, adults and young people. The Open Door presents positive alternatives to what our present culture has to offer to the neighborhood and its young people. It’s a helping hand when times are tough. It’s the heart of the neighborhood. It’s a ministry that offers the hope found only in Jesus Christ to the kids and families of the community.
Rev. Dr. John McCall
The Rev. Dr. John McCall is a missionary of the Presbyterian Church (USA). John's ministry is multifaceted, but it centers on strengthening and growing the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. "The goal is to help nurture visionary, joyful and faithful pastors who are going to have a lifetime of ministry," John says. According to John, the groups will focus on prayer, Bible study, and mutual encouragement. In a country that's only three percent Christian, outreach can be challenging and the possibility for burnout among pastors is high. John is a close friend of Trinity's pastor, Brad. John and Brad graduated together from Princeton Seminary.
Rev. Donald Marsden
The Rev. Donald Marsden is the newly appointed Associate Director, Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship. Don and his wife Laurie were mission workers in Russia since 1993, prior to Don’s calling to the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship. The Fellowship works to extend the gospel of Jesus Christ to unreached ethnic groups having no self-producing church in which the gospel is preached in the language and terms of their own culture. Don will work with US churches, and also continue to focus on outreach to the native peoples of Siberia.
Center for Contextual Ministry, Pretoria, South Africa
It is estimated that 25% of all pastors in South Africa are insufficiently, or even completely, untrained. The Center for Contextual Ministry at the University of Pretoria, trains pastors by offering basic and advanced Bible courses and assisting in the building-up of the local church. It provides youth ministry, Christian Education programs, and resources for evangelism, preaching, pastoral care, and counseling.
Rachel and Michael Weller, Ethiopia
Rachel supports the work of health clinics and facilitates community health evangelism projects and trainings in the Gambella region of Ethiopia. Michael serves as the PC USA's regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, working with partners in Sudan and Ethiopia, supporting the work of other mission personnel, and nurturing prebytery and congregational partnerships.
Medical Benevolence Fund