Mission Advocate

Wendy Gist

Mission Advocate for Hunger, Poverty and Peacemaking Issues
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Wendy’s priorities expanded significantly when the Justice, Peacemaking, and Mission (JPM) Committee was formed in 2015. She continues to live into this expanded portfolio, which now includes a SDOP (Self-Development of People) Committee.

In 2018 the JPM Committee chose to focus on environmental stewardship and immigration/immigrant concerns. Modeling one way to live out environmental stewardship SGP is now using compostable plates, cups, and utensils at Presbytery meetings. In late June Wendy participated in an educational immersion trip to the U.S.-Mexico border at Tijuana with a couple of people from Pacific Presbytery. The hope is that other such trips will be offered later this year, so more folks from SGP can get firsthand experience of what is happening with immigrants who have made the journey to our southern border.

Wendy led her second youth trip to Peru in the summer of 2017. The group did service work at a boys’ home in Urubamba (about 1 hour from Cuzco) and explored the region some.

After the success of our first annual Presbytery Work Day in 2017, we carried out a Day of Service as part of our June 2018 Presbytery meeting at Westminster Gardens. Service opportunities ranged from landscaping to assembling hygiene and welcome kits to advocacy for immigrants.

Our presbytery is still actively involved with Living Waters for the World and we were able to recruit several new participants for our first-ever water purification system installation in Peru’s capital city of Lima. In late May 2018 Wendy and 8 others spent a week working at a K-8 school in a barrio on the outskirts of Lima. On June 1st the new water system was inaugurated and clean water is now flowing in one more location.


Living Waters for the World (Peru)

Living Waters for the World (LWW) is a global ministry that provides clean water sustainably and fosters long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between volunteers and communities in need.

The Presbytery of San Gabriel partners with LWW to implement water purification systems and health education.