As a certified PEC ( Presbyterians for Earth Care ) congregation by PCUSA, in 2016 we sought to fulfill our Earth Care Pledge:
Peace and Justice is God’s plan for all creation. The Earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this Earth, to protect and restore it for its own sake, and the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the Earth.
On World Water Day 2/22/17, the Chad, Africa, Ministry of Water and Sanitation dedicated 3 newly dug water wells to relieve “..the acute problems of water in the country.” One of the wells was a gift from Delaware First Presbyterian Church and friends to the village of Mandalia, Chad. This was the 1st phase gift from the 2016 international Earth Care “Wishing Well” project of Delaware FPC, Phase two of our gift is the construction of sanitation facilities for the community. Phase three is instruction in good hygiene, water conservation and use of the new facilities.
In 2016, FPC completed a Wishing Well Project, sending $10,000 to Mandelia, Chad, Africa, via UNESCO-Chad, to dig a deep well for clean water, and to help a local cooperative. In addition, the project will help develop sanitation facilities ( latrines, washing spaces, refuse pits, drainage), and teach children and adults in Mandelia how to use their new facilities.
In December 2016 and January 2017, FPC co-hosted five showings of the film, “Before the Flood,” to one-hundred and seven community residents, with moderated discussions. For two years, “Before the Flood: followed a camera crew around the world, visiting five continents, while speaking with scientists, world leaders, environmental activists and local residents, to discuss the apparent climate change in their midst.