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International Missions

NOROC's (New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children) mission is to offer new opportunities for spiritual, physical, educational and emotional growth so that at-risk Romanian institutionalized children may escape cycles of poverty, dependency and abuse, and may become independent adults who can nurture meaningful relationships and contribute to their communities. Contact Madge Bayston at mbayston82190@sbcglobal.net for more information.
Did you know that for 178 years, Presbyterian World Mission has been making a difference? At last count we had 50 missionaries in Africa, 30 in Asia and the Pacific, 16 in Europe and 42 in Latin Americas and the Caribbean. Just this Spring, Charles and Melissa Johnson left their cool and comfy home right here in San Antonio to move half way across the world to Chasefu, Zambia to share their knowledge of advanced agricultural techniques with the Chasefu Model Farm in Africa. Your Mission & Outreach Committee voted to support the work of our friends Charles and Melissa. NBPC, we are at work in Zambia! Follow our friends Charles and Melissa on Facebook “Life in Lundazi.”

Local Missions

Unlike any other volunteer opportunity, CASA empowers people to serve as officers of the court and work with and on behalf of a foster child. Make a difference in the life of a child and stop the cycle of abuse and neglect for generations to come.
The Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County is the one place that children who are victims of child abuse and/or sexual abuse can go to share their story one time through forensic interviews that all other parties, including law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office, and CPS, view and hear in real time. CAC offers therapeutic recovery services, medical evaluations, and case management. In 2016, about 350 children were seen by the local CAC and about 71% of them were sexual abuse cases.
CIS remains the only campus-based nonprofit program for the most vulnerable students in local school districts. Case-managed students receive targeted services such as supportive guidance/counseling, mental health intervention, health/human services (basic life needs such as shelter, food, and clothing), tutoring, and college preparation assistance. The administrative office is located in the historical Hinman House in downtown New Braunfels. Every student who needs help receives help.
Services targeted to its primary audience, children and young people, ages 0 to 21, include a Transitional Living Program, Kids Exchange Program, Substance Abuse Prevention Program, Outpatient Treatment Program, Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR), and a Shelter Services & Assessment Center. The agency appreciates donations throughout the year to help the children and youth in need. Those items include socks, shoes, underwear, coats, sweatshirts with hoodies, and toiletries. Donations can be dropped off at Connections’ offices at 1414 W. San Antonio.
The mission of the Crisis Center of Comal County is to provide crisis and prevention services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The agency provides a safe environment where an individual can make educated non-biased decisions about their future. There are so many ways to help those who have to use the center. Contact them directly if interested in volunteering.
The Family Life Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency that provides temporary emergency assistance to residents that are experiencing crisis situations in Comal and Guadalupe counties.
With almost 900 local children identified as homeless, Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels provides a community response to families with children who are facing the crisis of homelessness. NB Presbyterian Church is one of about a dozen local churches that host Family Promise families for one week every three months. We are always looking for volunteers!
In 2014, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church joined forces with other churches in the New Braunfels area to take part in a Habitat for Humanity-Apostle Build House for a local family.  Contact JP Kesselring at 830/905-6010 for our next volunteer opportunity.
Hospice is a choice for patients who have a life limiting illness and have decided it is time to focus on the quality of their lives. Hope Hospice takes a compassionate, patient centered approach to providing holistic care – physical, emotional and spiritual – for its patients and their families. Hope recognizes that every person’s experience will be different so its hospice team creates a plan of care according to the individual needs and wishes of each patient.
Meals on Wheels, operated by the New Braunfels Senior Citizens Foundation, provides hot and nutritious meals for anyone who is home-bound and qualifies for our program. As the official “Meals On Wheels” program, we deliver ONLY to Comal County.
An international religious and charitable group organized on military lines and founded in 1865 by William Booth for evangelizing and social betterment.
The Spirit of Sharing (S.O.S.) Inc., Food Bank has been in operation since June 1, 1988 and is an ecumenical group of churches and civic groups that have come together to help the needy of New Braunfels. All food distributed is donated and all labor is volunteer. Most of our donations come in as non-perishable food items. However, although we don't solicit money, we also receive monetary donations. NBPC is one of the churches and civic groups represented on the Board of Directors. Contact Jo Anne McBrayer at jmcbrayer1@satx.rr.com for more information.
SJRC cares for children and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse and neglect. It is their safe haven and offers help and hope to begin the journey of healing.

Opportunities to Serve

The original Adopt-a-Highway program began right here in Texas in 1985. Since then, it’s grown into a nationally and internationally recognized litter-prevention effort, saving taxpayers’ dollars and keeping our rights of way clean.  Adopt-a-Highway currently has more than 4,000 participating groups across the state, and thousands of individuals who dedicate their time to actively make a difference and keep Texas beautiful. In 2014, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church adopted a 2-mile stretch of Loop 337 between New Braunfels High School and Landa Drive.  More than a dozen volunteers from NBPC have picked-up litter along this section twice, collecting more than 45 bags of trash each time. Please contact James Lowe at jamesedwardlowe@gmail.com for more information. 
Unlike any other volunteer opportunity, CASA empowers people to serve as officers of the court and work with and on behalf of a foster child. Make a difference in the life of a child and stop the cycle of abuse and neglect for generations to come.
CIS remains the only campus-based nonprofit program for the most vulnerable students in local school districts. Case-managed students receive targeted services such as supportive guidance/counseling, mental health intervention, health/human services (basic life needs such as shelter, food, and clothing), tutoring, and college preparation assistance. The administrative office is located in the historical Hinman House in downtown New Braunfels. Every student who needs help receives help.
With almost 900 local children identified as homeless, Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels provides a community response to families with children who are facing the crisis of homelessness. NB Presbyterian Church is one of about a dozen local churches that host Family Promise families for one week every three months. We are always looking for volunteers!
In 2014, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church joined forces with other churches in the New Braunfels area to take part in a Habitat for Humanity-Apostle Build House for a local family.  Contact JP Kesselring at 830/905-6010 for our next volunteer opportunity.
An international religious and charitable group organized on military lines and founded in 1865 by William Booth for evangelizing and social betterment.
The Spirit of Sharing (S.O.S.) Inc., Food Bank has been in operation since June 1, 1988 and is an ecumenical group of churches and civic groups that have come together to help the needy of New Braunfels. All food distributed is donated and all labor is volunteer. Most of our donations come in as non-perishable food items. However, although we don't solicit money, we also receive monetary donations. NBPC is one of the churches and civic groups represented on the Board of Directors. Contact Jo Anne McBrayer at jmcbrayer1@satx.rr.com for more information.

Presbyterian Connections

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a seminary in the Presbyterian-Reformed tradition whose mission is to educate and equip individuals for the ordained Christian ministry and other forms of Christian service and leadership; to employ its resources in the service of the church; to promote and engage in critical theological thought and research; and to be a winsome and exemplary community of God's people.
John Knox Ranch began on July 10, 1962 with the purchase of the 254-acre Meyer Ranch about 20 miles southwest of San Marcos, culminating a three-year search for a retreat and fellowship center site. In 1968, the Presbytery bought another 46 acres, bringing the property to its current 300 acres while adding several hundred feet of creek frontage and capturing one of the most beautiful, heavily-wooded areas now on the Ranch. It is owned and operated by Mission Presbytery and is a special place for people to gather, learn, have fun, and grow.
We are a connectional body of churches and minister (teaching elder) members in a geographic area. Mission Presbytery consists of 134 churches in South Central Texas. Geographically this is an area that stretches from the Rio Grande Valley to Del Rio, into the Hill Country as far north as Adamsville, southeast to Collegeport, south to Brownsville and places in between, including Austin, San Antonio, Victoria, and Corpus Christi. The population of Mission Presbytery includes over 300 Teaching Elders and approximately 21,800 lay members.
Nestled on 500-acres along the spring-fed Guadalupe River, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly is located in the heart of the beautiful Hill Country in Hunt, Texas. Mo-Ranch is open to the public for spiritual retreats, conferences, summer and day camps, weddings, reunions, group meetings, corporate retreats, vacation getaways and individual reservations. Enjoy an overnight stay with conference center facilities, hotel rooms, unique historical housing and group lodging.
For 110 years, PCHAS has been heeding Jesus’ call to care for children and families in need. Through its continuum of care, PCHAS helps children and families move from despair to hope, equipping each child and parent to reshape their future in ways previously unimagined. With faithful support from numerous individuals, congregations and foundations, PCHAS will continue to fulfill its mission, serving over 3,400 children and families in need each year.
At the core of Presbyterian identity is a secure hope in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, a hope that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to lives lives of gratitude: “In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that he is its hope, and that the Church, as Christ’s body, is bound to his authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.” (Book of Order F-1.0204). This strong emphasis on the grace of God in Jesus Christ is our heritage from the founder of the Reformed tradition, John Calvin.
Presbyterian Pan American School is a Christian college preparatory school located in Kingsville, Texas, that educates and empowers young adults for leadership in the global community.
A network of Presbyterians from 11 Presbyteries consisting of approximately 800 congregations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas with more than 157,000 members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
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