This independent mission grew out of a Knox connection with churches of the Dakota Presbytery in South Dakota. Knox supports this mission with contributions that go to improve life situations of Native Americans of the Dakotas and Montana. In addition, Knox supports an annual family mission trip to Sisseton, South Dakota where we participate in various building projects and mentor local children through a Vacation Bible School program. For more information, contact Mike Loftus and visit the Dakota Partnership page here.
Each summer, Knox youth travel to a community that needs our help. These high schoolers spend a week together spreading God's word through service. We have been serving in this ministry since 1972 when our first mission trip was to work on a Community Center in an Indian Village in northern New Mexico. We have been to many places including, Mississippi, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio and Missouri. Our 2017 trip was to Canton, Ohio. Come join the fun! Contact David Newby for more information and visit the Go and Serve page here.
YMEN - SATURDAY UNIVERSITY
YMEN (Young Men's Educational Network) provides resources and youth programming, including academic support, leadership development activities and community service opportunities to underprivileged young men and women in the North Lawndale community of Chicago.
Knox partners with YMEN to encourage and academically support the middle school and high school youth of YMEN through a tutoring and mentoring program held every Saturday morning throughout the school year called Saturday University. In addition, Knox partners with the YMEN middle and high school youth three Sundays during the summer - inviting them to attend church, share a meal and participate in large group games. For more information or to get involved email Robin Kolar 630-369-4539
Globally, we continue to provide scholarships to carefully selected students at the Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST) as they study to become leaders who spread the Word and deepen the roots of Christianity in Africa.
Designated gifts to the Scott Moreau Pastors Education Endowment Fund are invested with the Presbyterian Foundation; annual earnings from the fund provide additional scholarships.
Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST)
The purpose or mission of NIST is educating Christian leaders in an African setting. The Scott Moreau Foundation promotes financial aid for African students engaged in the pursuit of an education at NIST. For more information, visit the NIST website. Read Vice Chancellor Emmanuel Bellon's newsletter here.
The Scott Moreau Foundation promotes financial aid for African students engaged in the pursuit of an education at NIST. Since 1992 the Scott Moreau Pastor's Education Fund has been assisting students at NIST to obtain advanced degrees in Theology. Students have come from the African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, and Ghana. The last year a student from Sudan was awarded a Moreau scholarship was 1993. This year another Sudanese, David Chol Deng, has been selected to be a scholarship recipient. According to a letter from NIST, "David at age 10(1983) came to know the Lord as his Savior. A few years later, he understood the Spirit filled life and then felt a great desire to serve the Lord. Unfortunately, war erupted in Sudan and he was forced to come to Kenya as a refugee and in 1992 resettled in the Kakuma refugee camp. For the past six years, David has been involved in the pulpit ministry at the Episcopal Church of the Sudan as an ordained minister. The challenge he faces in ministering to these Sudanese people who now live in Kenya is their difficulty in providing for their basic needs of food, housing and transport."
David has been working towards his Masters of Divinity in Leadership Studies since January, 2010, and will receive $1,400 from the Scott Moreau Pastor’s Education Fund to continue his vision " to serve the Lord as an International minister/pastor wherever the Lord sends him.” He sends greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to dear friends at Knox Presbyterian Church. It is an honor and privilege for him to express thanks for the scholarship that allows him to continue his Masters of Divinity in Leadership Studies. He promises to study diligently with a seriousness the ministry deserves. David serves God with the Episcopal Church of Sudan in Ngumo Estate in Nairobi, less than 5 miles from NIST. He also asks for prayers for his widowed mother and 4 sisters in Sudan. He rarely visits them due to the high cost of travel. David closes his letter by quoting 2 Timothy 2:15: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. - Lyn Pewitt, Scott Moreau Pastor’s Education Fund Steering Committee.