Thank you for your gifts!
Your gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering in 2015 helped make it possible for more than 3,000 students to obtain a quality education at the Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, Texas, and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessor denominations have a long history of demonstrating a commitment to racial-ethnic education through faithful support of these Historically Presbyterian Racial Ethnic Institutions.
These schools have a rich history of preparing racial-ethnic women and men for leadership in the church and society. Graduates of these schools have served as deacons, ruling and teaching elders and educators in Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations; as members of presbytery, synod and General Assembly committees; and as leaders of General Assembly agencies.
Many students at these schools have left challenging life circumstances to obtain an education and to pursue a better life. One such student, Monika Ruiz, grew up in a neighborhood fraught with drug activity and violence. Drug cartels were so active in her neighborhood that she was often unable to attend school. To escape the drugs and violence, Monika left her home and family to attend the Presbyterian Pan American School.
Monika thrived, graduating in 2015 as the salutatorian of her class. She received a fouryear
scholarship to attend Schreiner University, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)related institution in Kerrville, Texas. Currently a nursing student, Monika feels called to ministry and hopes to
attend Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
In her salutatorian address, Monika remarked, "Attending the Presbyterian Pan American School was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I learned a lot about life, about how to be responsible and about myself."
Your gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering in 2015 provided much-needed support for students like Monika, who have overcome dire circumstances to obtain a quality education.
Watch for information about the 2016 Christmas Joy Offering in the fall. We are grateful for your continued support!