Fall is a time of celebration, thanksgiving, and giving. One of the ways we as a church express gratitude for God’s many blessings. is through our annual Loaves & Fishes Offering for those in need. This year the offering will go to feed children in Cumberland Presbyterian churches in Haiti. One hundred percent of the funds donated to the Loaves & Fishes Offering will be used to fund a children’s lunch program for the next two years.

The World Bank ranks Haiti 170th out of 189 countries with respect to development. The poverty rate is nearly 60% of the population. The World Bank reports 44% of all Haitians live in rural areas and two thirds of the poor live in rural Haiti. Did you know all six Cumberland Presbyterian churches in Haiti are in rural areas?

Because our churches are in rural areas and seek to meet both the spiritual and practical needs of those in the countryside, all our churches have schools located on the church’s property. As a result, the churches, through their schools, have access to hundreds of children. The Haiti Council of Cumberland Presbyterian Churches, which consists of all six Cumberland Presbyterian pastors and selected lay leaders, will use the Loaves & Fishes Offering to help fund feeding programs in our Haitian churches. The churches will select the children who will receive meals which will be prepared at the church/school and the children will be fed on-site.

Eastlake will be collecting funds through November 21, Thanksgiving Sunday for the Loaves and Fishes program.  Thanks in advance for your generosity.