The Global Missions Ministry provides leadership at Bayside to spread God's love and help those around the world. Programs which are currently in place include the following:
Over and Above Giving
We also encourage worldwide mission assistance through special over and above offerings throughout the year, including the One Great Hour of Sharing, the Pentecost Offering, the Peace and Global Witness Offering, the Christmas Joy Offering, and Stop Hunger Now Programs.
Congo Partnership - The relationship with our sister churches in the Congo, Lemba and Limete, has been active for over 20 years. It is through this relationship that Bayside Presbyterian connects with the work of the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia via the International Partnership Ministry. We continue to give support to various building projects, including a maternity clinic and church development.
Mexico- Fuente de Aqua Viva - For twelve years, we sent a contingent of youth and adults from Bayside on a mission trip to Ticul, Mexico to assist in the construction of the church of the Fountain of living Water (Fuente de Aqua Viva). This continuing mission strengthens our ongoing relationship with the Presbyterian Church in Mexico.
Living Waters for the World - While about 3/4 of the earth is water, only one percent of the water that is on the earth is available for human consumption. Much of that water is unusable and polluted, leaving millions of people to die from waterborne parasites and viruses. Living Waters for the World was formed to help alleviate this problem. By providing a system that’s simple, sustainable and affordable, and by teaching local leaders to lead health and hygiene education among the community, mission teams have been able to help those in communities with contaminated water take ownership of making their own water clean again.
Initially a small team at Bayside worked in conjunction with a neighboring church to provide clean drinking water for multiple communities in Nicaragua.
Bayside currently has an active clean water team. To date the team has installed systems in a boy’ school in Lima, Peru and a church in a small village in the Amazon basin in Peru.
We are active participants in the LWW Peru Network. In fact one of our team is the co-moderator of the Network. This network maintains contact with locations in Peru that have a need for clean drinking water. Through our connection to the network we at Bayside select the locations we will work with to provide clean water.
Pictures from Peru in 2019