MISSIONS

After Jesus was crucified for the sins of all mankind; the grave could not hold Him; instead He arose again. Later while speaking with His disciples before He ascended in the clouds to heaven...Jesus said these words to His disciples...

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Our desire at PCC is to worship Jesus and share His love. God has given us the privilege and responsibility to sacrificially and tangibly partner with missions locally and globally. PCC has sponsored missions for over 50 years, since the founding of our church. In 1971, we initiated Ingathering, a project each fall that allows our church family direct involvement with missions. We have been blessed by giving to meet the financial needs of missions around the world. Serving on the mission team provides many opportunities to understand the needs of people all over the world and how to share the love of Jesus. Please join us!

Local Ministry Partners

Camp Cherith of WNY +

Debbie Betts is the Executive Director of CC of WNY. Camp Cherith is a camping ministry of Pioneer Clubs, which strives to transform lives, cultivate disciples and train leaders through a Bible-based, Christ-centered outdoor camping program for children and youth. Girls from PCC have been actively involved in this program for many years.

Good News Jail Ministry +

GNP&PM is a non-denominational Christian ministry meeting the spiritual needs of both inmates and staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral attention, while facilitating other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the individual correctional facility.

The chaplain serves both Monroe and Wayne County Jails and has access to all inmates to maintain a pastoral presence, providing counseling, preaching and teaching.

Open Door Mission +

The Open Door Mission, established in 1952, is a Christian Rescue Mission founded to provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the impoverished and homeless men and women, and children of Rochester, NY by restoring hope and changing lives. Programs include emergency housing for men, a soup kitchen, clothing distribution, Chapel services, women and children’s Coldwater residential program, Christian Life rehabilitation and Addiction Recovery.

PCC has been involved with the Open Door Mission for many years, providing Ingathering funding to renovate the Emergency Shelter on Main Street, and building a Christian Life training room. PCC volunteers have been involved in these projects and providing clothing and serving in the soup kitchen.

Read more at www.opendoormission.com

Compass Care +

Compass Care Pregnancy Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to erasing the need for abortion by transforming women's fear into confidence. MotherCare is a program under CompassCare, that allows a Christian woman to come alongside a pregnant woman and give spiritual and physical help.

Youth For Christ +

For over 65 years, Youth for Christ Rochester has had the vision to see every young person in every people group, have the opportunity to make an informed decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ and become part of a local church. Youth for Christ is now offering a Fatherhood initiative program in raising an army of healthy male role models to come along and mentor the youth of the city.

Rochester East Young Life +

Young Life is a high school ministry that looks to reach out to non-Christian and Christian teens and tell them about Jesus Christ. The goal of YL is to preach the good news of Jesus Christ to disinterested kids through building relationships and earning the right to be heard.

YL Club provides weekly meetings where high school students can gather to socialize and hear a short message of God’s love for them. Campaigners are weekly meetings where kids gather to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus and explore His Word.

Cru +

Deanna Kustas, who grew up at PCC, has worked with college students since 2007 through the campus ministry of CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). She currently leads a digital mission ministry team at the CRU headquarters in Orlando, FL. Their goal is to reach millions of people, from countries all over the world to have a chance to meet Christ, grow in their faith, and share God with others.

InterVarsity +

Nicole Page serves with ICF as the Area Director for WNY. She works directly on the campus at SUNY Geneseo as well as overseeing the work at RIT, U of R, Eastman School of Music and SUNY Brockport. Her team strives to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world-changers developed through the message of Jesus.

International Student Network, Inc. +

Linda Gamlen, director of ISN, works with local churches to reach international students for Christ coming to study in colleges and universities in the Greater Rochester, NY area.
Volunteers are welcome to help with hosting students for dinners, help with conversational English class, serve at special events, or conduct a Bible study with students that are seekers or believers.

Camp Hickory Hill +

Camp Hickory Hill was founded in 1955 to serve the summer camp needs of the Christian Service Brigade in Western New York. In the more than 60 years since then, Camp Hickory Hill has grown to minister to boys and girls, men and women of all ages.

CHH provides summer camps for boys and girls, Father and Son Weekends, Mother and Daughter Weekends, Mother and Son Weekends, Family Weekends and Men’s Retreats with the goal of winning boys, girls, men and women for Christ.

In addition to the summer programs run by the camp, Camp Hickory Hill has expanded its retreat programs during the Fall, Winter and Spring months to support the ministries of many churches and schools.

Read more at camphickoryhill.org

Global Ministry Partners

Belief In Motion +

Belief in Motion is a nonprofit organization started by Aaron and Robin Bruski (Aunt and Uncle of Rebecca Goodchild, member of PCC). The Bruski Family moved to Romania in 2005 and since then they have impacted many lives through their various ministries. Some of their ministries include caring for abandoned babies, feeding the hungry, providing education and literacy training, creating job opportunities, church planting, operating Homes of Grace for at risk girls and their newest endeavor~ a Homestead Project. In April 2015 several individuals from PCC went to Romania and spent a few days with the Bruski’s. In 2020 their Homestead Project was chosen for Ingathering. The plans for the Ingathering offering are to turn a piece of property they own into a small farm in which they can grow fruit trees, berries, vegetables and raise small animals to supply food for their various ministries

Wycliffe Bible Translators +

Scott and Vicky Satre have worked with Wycliffe in Cameroon translating Biblical portions since the beginning of their ministry with Wycliffe in 1992.  They have worked primarily with the Ngomba language group. The New Testament was completed and printed in March of 2018.  Vicky has led Bible studies with other missionary wives and is trained to do trauma healing workshops.  The Satres are currently on Home Assignment in the Dallas, TX area where two of their three children are located.  A third daughter is working in the Rochester, NY area.

Rock of Hope +

Scott Pouncey has been the Executive Director of Rock of Hope Ministries (ROHM) in Romania for more than ten years working with young ladies who have aged out of the orphanages and need love and direction to make wise decisions and become independent. Carolyn Pouncey has worked intensely with the girls providing a Christian role-model of what woman should be.
In recent years (ROHM) has also begun working with young women who have been involved in sex trafficking. A Romanian national has been a great help in counseling the young women. They also have a ministry with widows and other needy people in the outlying areas providing wood, food and fellowship.

Pioneers +

Pioneers is a Christian mission organization focused on church planting among unreached people groups here and around the world.

Operation Mobilization +

Joe & Badeen Parker lead the OMSI Compassionate Help Ministries which is OM’s humanitarian aid ministry. From the US ministry center in South Carolina, they design outreach programs, raise funds, arrange partnerships with other organizations, purchase material, coordinate logistics and guide the staff on board the Logos Hope Ship. PCC raised funds for water filtration systems and the “shoes that grow” to aid people in under developed countries during our 2015 Ingathering project.

SIM +

MARILYN BARR – Retired missionary with SIM – Malawi/BC, Canada Following the major changes in her life of retirement from SIM, and Paul’s passing to Heaven in 2015, she has continued to be involved in ministry in Malawi with the Africa Evangelical Church, and Kindle Orphan Outreach.  Her main focus is on church leadership development in the Lakeshore Area, and teaching in the local churches.  In early 2020 an unexpected major change happened.  She moved to BC, Canada.  She has continued to be in touch with the Lakeshore ministry through WhatsApp.   She has finished writing a Bible Study book in Mark (in Chichewa), and submitted it for publication.  She is looking forward to working on another study book. She expects to be involved with the family property in Malawi, and also is looking forward to serving the Lord in whatever ways he opens for her within the Church and Kindle.

Ingathering

Ingathering has been an annual tradition at PCC since 1971. The purpose of Ingathering is to bring our church family together to support a mission project so that adults, teens and children can learn more about missions and participate in fundraising in a meaningful way. Recent projects include: Operation Mobilization Ships International “Shoes that Grow” and water treatment filters for underdeveloped countries; renovations of cabins at Camp Cherith; rehabilitation center for addictions at Christ for the City International, Costa Rica; improved infrastructure at Beechwood 441 Ministries; and the Homestead Project for Belief in Motion, Romania.