Hiland has been a long-time supporter, both financially and with countless volunteer hours, of a variety of domestic/local ministries. These ministries include:
1. Adam’s Quest – Adam’s Quest, founded in 2012 by former Family Guidance CEO and long-time friend of Hiland, Bob Jamison, is a Christian men’s ministry which helps men be better prepared to fulfill their responsibilities in their families, work and communities through Christian discipleship and mentoring.
2. Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry – Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry (formally known as North Hills Youth Ministry Counseling Center) is a non-denominational community service organization whose mission is to build hope and understanding through faith-based counseling and support services for youth, adults, couples, and families in the community.
3. Bethlehem Haven – Bethlehem Haven is an organization that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to homeless women in the greater Pittsburgh area, as well as meals, medical, dental, mental health services and employment services to women it serves. Bethlehem Haven has provided shelter to thousands of homeless women in the community for more than 10,000 consecutive nights.
4. Family Guidance – Family Guidance exists to bring hope and a future in Jesus Christ to vulnerable children and families of all cultures throughout Western Pennsylvania and has been strengthening families and touching at-risk youth with the love and grace of Jesus Christ with programs like Promise Camp, One-to-One (mentoring program), Marriage Works, and others for decades.
5. Hosanna Industries – Hosanna Industries new construction and home rehabilitation programs offer safe, habitable housing to low and very low income, elderly and single-parent households without regard to race or creed. Since 1990, it has served over 1600 households and provided over 100 homes across the nation.
6. North Hills Community Outreach – NHCO is an interfaith nonprofit organization that addresses the spiritual, emotional, physical, and material needs of people in crisis, hardship, and poverty.
7. North Hills Food Bank – North Hills Food Bank, a non-denominational ministry established approximately 25 years ago, serves approximately 200 families each month in order to alleviate hunger among local residents. Hiland has long supported the Food Bank through providing food items, sponsoring food drives in the congregation, volunteer hours and financial support.
8. Northside Common Ministries – North Side Common Ministries is a non-denominational organization established in 1982 by a collaboration of 30 local churches to meet the increasing needs of the local homeless population.
9. Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter – Pleasant Valley Shelter, an outreach program of North Side Common Ministries, is a men’s shelter with 25 beds, which provides medical services, counseling, supportive services, laundry, bathing one evening a month. Both Hiland’s Youth and members of Hiland’s congregation have volunteered at the shelter, by serving meals one evening per month, and by sponsoring drives to provide towels, sheets and toiletries for the men.
10. Project Linus – Project Linus is a non-profit organization that hand-makes blankets for abused and critically-ill children. Hiland has supported Project Linus by the purchase of fabric to make over 100 blankets for such children.
The Presbyterian Church has been engaged in international missions work since the 1830’s, and has one of the strongest missions traditional of any Protestant denomination. Hiland continues this tradition of international Presbyterian missions by our support of the following partners:
1. Africa – Egypt – Hiland supports missions activity and the work of the church in Egypt, where there are more Christians than in any other Arab country, and in which Presbyterians are the largest Protestant group among Egyptian churches. Specifically, Hiland supports Egyptian Christians through two projects:
a. Egyptian Missionaries – the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship is a Presbyterian missions organization dedicated to missions among people groups where there is no indigenous church. PFF partners with and supports Presbyterian Egyptian missionaries throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States;
b. Egyptian Church Planting – the Outreach Foundation is a Presbyterian missions organization whose mission is to engage Presbyterians and global partners in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. In Egypt, the Outreach Foundation supports the work of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt, which is the largest Protestant denomination in the entire Middle East, as it executes its plan to plant seventeen new churches in every presbytery of the church throughout Egypt.
2. Africa – Malawi – Hiland has been engaged in partnership with churches and organizations in Malawi, a landlocked country in southern Africa, for over 25 years. Today, we are involved in Malawi through two projects:
a. St. Michael and All Angels Church – Since 1991, the Pittsburgh Presbytery has had a Partnership with the Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). Approximately 33 churches in our presbytery have partner churches in Malawi, with Hiland being the first to establish such a partnership with St. Michael and All Angels. Through this partnership, and with semi-annual missions trips between our countries, schools, churches and clinics have been built or restored, needs have been met through medical care, education and supplies, and people, in both Pittsburgh and Malawi, have been mutually encouraged by being brought into closer relationships with Christ and with their fellow Christians.
b. Mulanje Hospital – Once known as a maternity hospital, today Mulanje is a 200+ bed general hospital that includes a men’s ward, a pediatric unit and an outpatient department. More than 2,500 babies are born at Mulanje in a typical year, and more than 60,000 outpatients seek treatment there. The hospital supports four health centers and operates a mobile clinic program. A nursing school adjacent to the hospital trains nurses for health programs throughout southern Malawi. Hiland’s financial support, through Change for Malawi, coffee & donut sales at spring and fall consignment sales and special donations, purchases hospital beds for the hospital.
3. Asia – Iraq – We support two PC(USA) pastors and international missions co-workers among an unreached Muslim people group in Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran. They have worked among this people group for more than 25 years in several countries.
4. Asia – Israel/Palestine – Bethlehem Bible College – the Bethlehem Bible College is an interdenominational Christian Bible College located in Bethlehem, Palestine, and is training Palestinian Christians to lead the church and be the light of Christ to their Muslim and Christian neighbours in the Holy Land. Hiland supports the Bethlehem Bible College through the Outreach Foundation.
5. Middle East/Asia – Robert – Bob, a PC(USA) pastor and long-time PC(USA) missionary among the Kurds, is the U.S. Director of Frontiers, a missions organization dedicated to missions and ministry among Muslim people groups throughout the world. Frontiers currently has 200 Frontiers teams spread across approximately 45 Muslim countries.
6. Worldwide – World Mission Initiative – WMI is a PC(USA) missions organization, based out of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, dedicated to developing mission vision among Presbyterian congregations, its members and PTS students, through educational resources, missions trips and missions conferences, including the New Wilmington Mission Conference.
7. Worldwide – World Vision International – Hiland supports the work of World Vision, the world’s largest Christian relief organization, through our volunteer efforts at the World Vision International Distribution Center, located in Sewickley, PA. A team of Hiland volunteers sorted and packed donations of clothing, medical supplies and educational materials for use in World Vision’s reliefs operations around the globe.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):
1. Pittsburgh Presbytery – in addition to the above projects Hiland specifically supports, we also support a variety of local ministries through our financial support of the Pittsburgh Presbytery. More information about these ministries, which include youth and senior ministry, medical care, tutoring, vocational development, literacy and counseling support, can be found at: http://www.pghpresbytery.org/mission_agencies/missions.htm.
2. Special Offerings – Hiland also supports the domestic and international missions work of PC(USA) through our generous support of the General Mission Fund of the Presbyterian Church, as well as four special offerings throughout the year: One Great Hour of Sharing, Lazarus Fund, Peacemaking Offering, and Christmas Joy Offering.
a. One Great Hour of Sharing – Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities.
b. Lazurus Fund – This offering is taken to provide financial assistance to families and individuals of Allegheny County for rent, mortgage payments, security deposits and utilities, enabling them to overcome their economic difficulties through the grace and love of Jesus Christ as demonstrated through the giving of individuals and congregations of the Pittsburgh Presbytery.
c. Peacemaking – As Christians we are called to point to and become part of God’s peacemaking in the world. We are called to be agents of reconciliation for individuals, in families and communities, in the international arena, and with the whole creation, building a culture of peace. Twenty-five percent of the peacemaking offering stays with the congregation for its own peacemaking work. Another twenty-five percent is used for presbytery and synod peacemaking efforts and fifty percent supports the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the General Assembly Mission Council.
d. Christmas Joy – Fifty percent of the receipts to the Christmas Joy Offering are distributed to the Board of Pensions for assistance programs that provide support to retired and active church workers and their spouses and families. The other fifty percent supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic education through the General Assembly Mission Council.