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International Benevolences

Early Congregationalists took God's call to mission seriously. In 1644, John Eliot learned the Algonquin language and shared the Good News with the Native Americans near his church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 1806, several Congregational divinity students took refuge in a haystack during a summer thunderstorm and pledged their lives to the foreign mission field. Four years after this "Haystack Meeting," Congregationalists formed the American Board of Commissioners for Christian Churches (NACCC). Today, the missions of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches are all intentionally led by indigenous ministers, who are familiar with the local language and culture. Every dollar given to NACCC missions goes to work on the mission fields.

North Shore supports several international missions of the NACCC, including those in Argentina, Nigeria, the Philippines, Myanmar (Burma), Honduras, Mexico, Cameroon, Bulgaria, Ghana, and Kenya. These missions are sharing the Gospel around the world through worship, education, medical care, job training, justice, and assistance to the poor.

In addition, North Shore has special ties with the NACCC mission at Travancore, South India. Their leader, the Reverend Kenaz Solomon, received his seminary training as a classmate of North Shore's Senior Minister, Karl Schimpf, and they became lifelong friends. Over the years North Shore has contributed generously to the Travancore Mission, including significant donations for the building of the Congregational Christian Hospital of South India and recovery relief following the Asian tsunami of 2004.

Travancore is involved in establishing new churches, schools, nursery schools, sewing schools, and medical services, and encourages evangelism, Christian education, and outreach to youth.

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Free medical clinic and new pharmacy at hospital.