Support Akilah

I am extremely honored to have this privilege to serve a year  in the Philippines, thanks to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). A year is a very long time to be separated from friends, family, and familiar environments, so I will need plenty of support while I am away.  Below are a few suggestions on how you can provide support as I serve God and others in the Philippines.

Spiritual Support

This trip is not just an opportunity for me to serve communities in need, it’s also an opportunity for me to grow in my faith and strengthen my connection with God. I ask that you keep not only me, but also my fellow YAVs, in your hearts and in your prayers as we face plenty of challenges and live outside of our comfort zone for the next year.  In addition, please pray for those we encounter during our service year.

Monetary Support

Thanks be to God, the PC (USA) is covering the majority of the costs needed to send multiple young adults away for such a long period of time, however, I do have the responsibility to raise a portion of the cost.  All of the funds raised go towards supporting the program, travel expenses, visas, stipends, health insurance, student loan aid, and food expenses. The minimum amount I need to raise is $4,000 USD. Compared to the 20-28 thousand dollars required per young adult participating, this is a minor portion of that cost that is my responsibility.

I have two goals for fundraising that have deadlines:

By July 1, 2016 raise $2,000 total – Successful!

By January 1, 2017 raise $4,000 total – Successful!

My family and I have committed to donating a minimum 10% of the total funds required. I would appreciate any and all monetary donations that you are willing to contribute. If God has it in His plan that I exceed my goal of $4,000, the additional funds will go towards supporting the other amazing YAVs who are spread across the world, acting as vessels for God’s miracles.

Electronic Donations:

To donate electronically, please follow the link below and click “Make a Donation”

Donations via Check: ***(See important note below)***

All checks can be made payable to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

Mail the check to the following address:

PC (USA), Individual Remittance Processing, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700


Include my name (Akilah Hyrams), my ECO number (E210502), and my service site (Philippines)  on the check to ensure the donation is made to my fundraising account.