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Mission Yearbook for May 24, 2015

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Minute for Mission: Day of Pentecost / Pentecost Offering

 

 

Ashley Morales in front of San Antonio’s Trinity Street mural

 

Courtesy of Special Offerings

 

In San Antonio, the Young Adult Volunteer program is undergoing a transformation, and 22-year-old Ashley Morales, who grew up there, is a part of that change.

“All I knew was that the YAVs came from Florida, South Carolina, and different places,” Morales says. “I was approached with an idea for local outreach and reflection.”

That idea involved having local YAVs (like Ashley) and YAVs from elsewhere live together. They would study and learn, worship, and eat meals with each other—developing their communication and leadership skills and expanding their view of service.

Morales says she’s putting those lessons into practice within her community. She volunteers at San Anto Cultural Arts, a nonprofit that paints murals around town focused on the community and tackling injustice and also helps students in need consider and prepare for college.

“We looked for those who had an interest in being rooted in their community, like Ashley, who would volunteer part-time,” says Danielle Miller, the site coordinator. “My hope is that Ashley’s story helps people understand that they can participate by getting young leaders involved in the church through service.”

Your gifts to the Pentecost Offering make it possible for Morales and young adults like her to take part in the YAV program, serving communities at home and around the world while learning the skills to help them grow in Christ.

“I’ve learned so much as a YAV,” Morales says. “I’d tell others that, if given the opportunity, take it, because you’re going to learn so much. It might not hit you that day, but it’s going to hit you.”

Jessica Denson, freelance communicator

Let us pray

God, as we grow in our faith and share your love with others, may we see the need in those around us. Help us to guide and nourish young adults as they seek to live your gospel. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Acts 2:1–21
“O Day of Joy and Wonder!”
GTG 290
or
Ezek. 37:1–14
“Holy Spirit, Come to Us” /
“Veni Sancte Spiritus”
GTG 281

Ps. 104:24–34, 35b
“Bless the Lord, My Soul
and Being!”
GTG 34, PH 224

Rom. 8:22–27
“Spirit of God, Descend
upon My Heart”
GTG 688, HB 236, PH 326

John 15:26–27; 16:4b–15
“Come Down, O Love Divine”
GTG 282, PH 313

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 104; 150
First Reading Isaiah 11:1-9
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 2:1-13
Gospel Reading John 14:21-29
Evening Psalms 29; 33

Mission Yearbook for May 23, 2015

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Presbyterian Heritage Minute for Mission

 

 

Maria Fearing at Luebo Station

 

Courtesy of Presbyterian Historical Society

 

Maria Fearing grew up a slave on the Winston Plantation near Gainesville, Alabama. While her mother worked as a house servant, Maria listened to Mrs. Winston read Bible stories to her children—stories that freed her imagination from bondage. Despite receiving no instruction in reading or writing, Maria dreamed of becoming a missionary to Africa, where she might share those same Bible stories with the African people.

Maria was 27 years old when the Civil War ended in 1865. Six years later, she enrolled in a Freedman’s Bureau school, where she excelled in her coursework before becoming an instructor at Talladega College. Maria’s dream of becoming a missionary came true when she met William Sheppard, who was recruiting other African Americans to join the American Presbyterian Congo Mission. On May 26, 1894, she sailed from New York City to the Congo River as a member of Sheppard’s party.

At the Luebo mission station, Maria’s front porch soon became a gathering place for the Congolese people. Later, she used her savings to build homes for orphaned girls. At Pantops House—as the homes became known—she trained and nurtured intelligent, devoted, and generous women of faith.

In her 20 years in the mission field, Maria took only one furlough. The women she ministered to grew up to raise children in the church, many becoming leaders in their own communities. Maria Fearing’s life surpassed even her childhood dreams. Before her death in 1937, her tireless spirit of service was recognized in a resolution passed by the Presbyterian Church in the United States, a Medal of Commendation awarded by Belgium’s Prince Albert, and a loving cup from her missionary colleagues.

—staff of the Presbyterian Historical Society

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Brian Henson, PMA
Debra Hepler, PMA
Gil Herbig, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, grant us the humility and strength to follow your call wherever it may lead, whether close to home or on distant shores. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 92; 149
First Reading Ezekiel 43:1-12
Second Reading Hebrews 9:1-14
Gospel Reading Luke 11:14-23
Evening Psalms 23; 114

Mission Yearbook for May 22, 2015

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     1001 Worshiping Communities Minute for Mission

 

A worshiping community in a remote corner of southwestern Virginia is living into the psalmist’s plea to all God’s creatures: “Sing to the Lord a new song . . . all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless God’s name” (Ps. 96:1–2).

Built 100 years ago, this mission church never had more than 50 members. Several times it closed. Eventually someone who loved it would gather new disciples to worship and serve the community of Floyd County.

In 2012 Edwin Lacy was serving as a pastor in nearby Bristol when he heard the news that the presbytery was considering selling the mountain church building. Its doors might finally be closing for good.

But the musician-turned-pastor had an idea. What if he could create a worshiping community with bluegrass music that focused on expressions of Appalachian culture—as an outreach to the community—and the nonchurched.

“Three hundred people live in this one-stoplight town,” says Lacy. “Yet it draws more than 1,000 people for an Appalachian music and art festival on Friday nights."

Lacy’s plan met with some resistance at first. Six months later, Abingdon Presbytery called—asking him to provide leadership for the old church.

He went to work, taking out the pulpit and replacing pews with rocking chairs. He even built a fireplace and came up with a new name.

Wild Goose Christian Community began two years ago. Now nearly 50 people—some Presbyterian, some new disciples—gather by the fire in rocking chairs, singing bluegrass music, with banjos and fiddles. Communion is served in Mason jars and shared around a circle.

Worshipers, even those who didn’t grow up in church, refer to it as their “thin place.” “Celtic music speaks of places where the distance—the veil between heaven and earth—is very thin,” says Lacy. “Folks doing church in their own culture, in this pretty place, realize how special God—and this worshiping space—are.”

Paul Seebeck, PC(USA) mission communications strategist

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Jean Hemphill, BOP
Lorraine Henry, BOP

Let us pray

God, how grateful we are for the creative presence of your Spirit. For all of the “thin places” that speak of your salvation, we give you thanks. Continue to breathe life into all of us—send us into our neighborhoods and communities in service, so that world you love might bless your name. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 96; 148
First Reading Ezekiel 34:17-31
Second Reading Hebrews 8:1-13
Gospel Reading Luke 10:38-42
Evening Psalms 49; 138

Mission Yearbook for May 21, 2015

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Democratic Republic of the Congo, continued

 

 

Pastor Mukenge, Bob Rice, and Tatu Sammy

 

Courtesy of Bob Rice

 

Thunder pounded. Lightning flashed. The heavens opened wide. Packed into a Toyota Land Cruiser, we made our desperate flight from Kaniema, a border town in Katanga near East Kasai. The rains meant destruction of the road; time was short. While all of us were enjoying fellowship and the thrill of coursing along Congo’s treacherous roads, Pastor Mukenge sat silent. The rains signaled our mission would be cut short. Our visit to the adjacent region of Kanyintshina would be postponed. Our friend looked like a boy on the verge of tears. I found myself fixated on his downcast spirit.

Pastor Mukenge and Elder Mukendi serve in the East Kasai Province. With a shoestring budget, they find ways to visit neglected regions to encourage God’s people. Humbly, but with enthusiasm, they go about their God-ordained mission to preach good news to the poor, to lift up those weighed down, and to bring God’s reconciliation and healing power to a world troubled by tribal divisions and despair. We first met these two colleagues in 2010 at a national laity conference. Pastor Mukenge brandished a Spirit-filled smile and a servant’s heart. Elder Mukendi exhibited a desire to help orphans and serve young people. These two men have inspired us by their commitment and faithfulness. Both men walk one hour to work each day and find every opportunity to itinerate and do works of mercy and compassion. The Presbyterian Church in their region has been riddled with divisions and factions. Yet they press on in faith and hope. Their message to us is this: “God remembers His people, and we are His hands and feet.”

Rev. Bob Rice, PC(USA) mission coworker, Kananga

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC): Rev. Dr. Mulumba M. Mukundi, general secretary • Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa (CPK): Rev. Dr. Josue Tshimungu Mayele, community president and legal representative • Protestant University of Congo: Prof. Rev. Ngoy Boliya, rector • Sheppard and Lapsley Presbyterian University of Congo: Rev. Dr. Mulumba M. Mukundi, rector

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbyteries of Mission, New Castle, and Sheppards and Lapsley, with the CPC; Presbytery of Eastern Virginia, with the CPK

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Elder Billie Healy, PMA
Rev. Patrick Heery, PMA
David Heilman, BOP

Let us pray

King of the universe, you see the faithful deeds of your servants in the Congo. Bless the work of their hands. We do not trust in horses or chariots. We trust in you, Lord of hosts, friend of the lowly. We bless your mighty name! Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 47; 147:12-20
First Reading Ezekiel 18:1-4, 19-32
Second Reading Hebrews 7:18-28
Gospel Reading Luke 10:25-37
Evening Psalms 68; 113

Mission Yearbook for May 20, 2015

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend    

Read in French

Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

 

Rev. Nzeba reunites with a survivor and her five-year-old twin sons.

 

Photo by Christi Boyd

 

Ordained Presbyterian pastor  Berthe “Maman” Nzeba coordinates the Women and Families Desk of the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC). Under her leadership, women from over 60 denominations federated under the ECC are united to address sexual violence against women and children in conflict-ridden eastern Congo. Since the influx of refugees following the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda, the area regularly suffers violent attacks by roaming militia, which are funded by revenues from mines they control. Rape has proliferated from a barbaric war tactic into an epidemic social ill. Maman Nzeba accompanies local women’s groups who offer sanctuary to rape survivors and ensure that they receive full medical attention. These volunteers provide pastoral care, counseling, vocational training, and surgical repair to heal the manifold trauma. Along with war orphans, child mothers and the offspring of their rape are taken in by local communities, who ensure their education. But Maman Nzeba’s discipleship goes beyond these compassionate acts. Increasingly aware of the intricate connections between mineral wealth, armed conflict, and sexual violence, she has become an outspoken critic of foreign companies involved in trading conflict minerals. She is thankful for US Presbyterians who advocate transparent and equitable mining legislation that ends violence, brings revenue to schools and clinics, and allows consumers to enjoy conflict-free products.

Christi Boyd, PC(USA) regional facilitator for women’s and children’s interests

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Jeff Boyd, regional liaison for Central Africa, Presbyterian World Mission, Christi Boyd, facilitator for women’s and children’s interests, Presbyterian World Mission • Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC): Ruth Brown, development specialist, Gwenda Fletcher, education consultant, Dr. John Fletcher, surgical consultant, Marcia Murray, teacher of math and English, Kristi Rice and Rev. Robert “Bob” Rice , Christian educators/evangelists, Dr. Martha Sommers, medical education consultant, Inge Sthreshley, agricultural consultant, Dr. Lawrence Sthreshley, health consultant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Sara Hayden, PMA
Crystal Health, BOP

Let us pray

Awe-inspiring God, have mercy on your innocent daughters. Bearing your image, they have been torn apart and languish in despair. Take to heart their tears, and their feelings of shame and disgrace. Comfort and restore them through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Amen. —Rev. Nzeba

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 99; 147:1-11
First Reading Ezekiel 11:14-25
Second Reading Hebrews 7:1-17
Gospel Reading Luke 10:17-24
Evening Psalms 9; 118

Mission Yearbook for May 19, 2015

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Kenya

 

 

Jubilee scholars at a workshop on life skills

 

Courtesy of Marta Bennett

 

After the 2008 elections, violence erupted in Kenya, killing over 1,000 people and displacing more than 500,000. Nairobi Chapel immediately began ministering to displaced families, which included assisting with the educational needs of the children. That commitment has since grown into the Jubilee Scholarship Fund, which sponsors over 350 teenagers from economically challenged and HIV/AIDS-ravaged communities nearby to attend schools all over the country by providing tuition fees, uniforms, and school supplies. This past year, all the graduating Jubilee scholars performed well above the national average on the final-year exams that qualify students for university.

As part of Kenya’s 50th anniversary, and to raise money for Jubilee scholarships, pastor Nick Korir led a team of motorbikes on a ride from Nairobi to Cape Town and back—50 days for 50 students for Kenya’s 50th. Several universities, including International Leadership University in Nairobi, came alongside by providing scholarships for Jubilee graduates to continue on to university. The students share their dreams of becoming lawyers, journalists, pastors, counseling psychologists, teachers, business entrepreneurs, and more. In it all, they speak of wanting to be part of what God is doing, to make a difference, and to pass on to others and multiply what they have received.

Rev. Dr. Marta D. Bennett, PC(USA) mission coworker, Nairobi

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA): Rev. Brenda Harcourt, leadership development and lecturer in theology, Presbyterian University of East Africa • International Leadership University: Rev. Dr. Marta Bennett, professor, deputy vice chancellor for academic affairs

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian Church of East Africa: Rt. Rev. David Gathanju, moderator, Rev. Festus K. Gitonga, general secretary, Rev. Patrick Thegu Mutahi, deputy general secretary, Mr. Muirini Njane, finance officer •National Council of Churches of Kenya: Canon Peter Karanje, general secretary • Daystar University: Timothy Wachira, vice chancellor • International Leadership University: Prof. Eric Aseka, vice chancellor, Prof. Rev. John Mugania, academic dean • Presbyterian University of East Africa: Prof. Peter Kibas, vice chancellor • St. Paul’s University: Rev. Canon Professor Joseph Galgalo, vice chancellor

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbyteries of Blackhawk, Cimarron, Detroit, Greater Atlanta, Heartland, Los Ranchos, National Capital, Newton, Northern Plains, and West Virginia, with the PCEA

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Elder Robert Hay, FDN
Rev. Thomas Hay, OGA
Denise Hayden, PMA

Let us pray

Loving Lord, thank you for the young people of Kenya, who hold so much hope and potential. Work through your people to enable them to grow in faith, wisdom, and skill to become positive agents of change, to your glory. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 98; 146
First Reading Ezekiel 7:10-15, 23b-27
Second Reading Hebrews 6:13-20
Gospel Reading Luke 10:1-17
Evening Psalms 66; 116

Mission Yearbook for May 18, 2015

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Ethiopia, continued

 

 

Teressa, who used to live on the streets, reaches out to street children in Ambo.

 

Courtesy of Carolyn Weber

 

W hen he was six, Teressa Akuma’s family experienced overwhelming tragedy. Both of his parents died, and his family was fractured. Homeless, this newly orphaned boy walked two days to a town where a relative had once lived but had since left. He begged for shelter and finally found work as a shepherd. A childless woman welcomed him as her son. “Great compassion filled my heart. She taught me about fearing God, humility, being kind to others—orally and by her actions. If there was little bread when guests came, she gave it to them.”

Now thriving, he moved to Ambo for high school. But memories of his older brother’s death distressed him deeply. A classmate asked: “Why are you suffering? If you believe in Jesus Christ, you can have rest!” When he took Teressa to church, Jesus transformed Teressa’s life forever.

Sharing his testimony, preaching, and teaching the gospel, Teressa was called as an unpaid evangelist. Over the next seven years, he established more than 10 churches. After completing a bachelor of theology degree at Mekane Yesus Seminary and hearing God’s call to “go collect the scattered sheep,” he went.

Now 36, ordained, and a volunteer pastor of the Doyo Dilisa Mekane Yesus Church, the still-single Teressa is busy raising four children of relatives and tutoring students in two theology programs. He recently completed a master’s in practical theology, for which he wrote a thesis on the 500-plus street children in Ambo and the transformative actions that the church and community must extend to fulfill Christ’s mandate to “preach good news to the poor and free the oppressed.”

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber, former PC(USA) mission coworker, Ethiopia

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY): Rev. Dr. Wakeseyoum Idossa, president, Dr. Tekeste Teklu, vice president, Rev. Dr. Brehanu Ofgaa, general secretary, Mr. Yasu Geneti, director of finance/administration, Mr. Girma Borscha, director, Development and Social Services Commission • Bethel Synod Coordination Office: Rev. Teferi Berkessa, coordinator, Mr. Petros Tsanu, project coordinator • East Gambella Bethel Synod: Mr. Okello Oluch, president • Illubabor Bethel Synod: Rev. Tariku Tadessa, president • Southwest Bethel Synod: Rev. Endrias Essay, president • West Gambella Bethel Synod: Rev. Ding Gach Gor, president • Western Wollega Bethel Synod: Rev. Chali Yoseph, president • Berhane Yesus Elementary School: Mr. Wagari Yohannes, director • Bethel Evangelical Secondary School: Mr. Amanuel Tesfaye, director • Bethel Mekane Yesus School: Samuel Taddesse, director • EECMY Mekane Yesus Seminary: Rev. Dr. Belay Olam, principal • Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology: Dr. Desta Heliso, president

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbyteries of Shenandoah, Susquehanna Valley, and Washington, with the EECMY

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Dennis Harrold, PMA
Carol Hawkins, OGA

Let us pray

Loving God, thank you for rescuing Teressa from the streets and giving him life, hope, and love through your son, Jesus. Continue to empower him as your compassionate change agent in working for justice. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 97; 145
First Reading Ezekiel 4:1-17
Second Reading Hebrews 6:1-12
Gospel Reading Luke 9:51-62
Evening Psalms 124; 115

Mission Yearbook for May 17, 2015

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Minute for Mission: Medical Benevolence Foundation

 

 

Kamonji and her son are alive today thanks to Moma Hospital.

 

Courtesy of Jack Benjamin

 

The faithful witness and perseverance of Presbyterian mission hospitals is inspiring and humbling. Moma Hospital is one shining example.

As a ministry of the Presbyterian Community of Congo, Moma is a place of peace for the poor, where compassionate care for the sick is coupled with conversations and prayers about the good news of God’s love.

Built in the 1950s and located in a remote region of West Kasai Province, the hospital operates with meager resources and aging buildings and equipment. Yet people in need throughout the region look to Moma Hospital for lifesaving care. The hospital maintains the highest level of cleanliness possible and works relentlessly to do the best with what it has.

To support Moma Hospital in its ministry, the Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) provided a new generator, beds and mattresses, operating-room equipment, and additional medicines and supplies. Kamonji Muangala is one of the many patients who have been blessed by these improvements. Her pregnancy was monitored at Moma Hospital, but she needed an emergency C-section. After her delivery, Kamonji rested with her thriving baby boy on a new mattress and bed in a renovated maternity ward. Both are alive today because of Moma Hospital and the dedicated staff.

MBF partners with mission hospitals so that they can continue to provide quality health care to people with acute needs but few resources. Through this model, existing ministries can have a long-term positive impact on their communities. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through healing ministries.

To God be the glory, great things he has done!

E. Andrew Mayo, executive director, Medical Benevolence Foundation

Let us pray

Loving God, thank you for MBF’s work with mission hospitals that serve the most vulnerable members of society. Open doors and lead MBF into doing even greater work in your name this year. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Acts 1:15–17, 21–26
“Somebody’s Knocking
at Your Door”
GTG 728, PH 382

Ps. 1
“How Happy Are the Saints of God”
GTG 457

1 John 5:9–13
“I Greet Thee, Who My Sure
Redeemer Art”
GTG 624, HB 144, PH 457

John 17:6–19
“To God Be the Glory”
GTG 634, PH 485

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 93; 150
First Reading Ezekiel 3:16-27
Second Reading Ephesians 2:1-10
Gospel Reading Matthew 10:24-33, 40-42
Evening Psalms 136; 117

Mission Yearbook for May 16, 2015

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Ethiopia

 

The mother of five children is known to me only as a mother of five: a category rather than a name; one human being almost invisible among the throng of refugees coming into Ethiopia from South Sudan . She is the mother of five children among a thousand other mothers with numerous children.

As this mother made her way to Ethiopia, Rachel and I were traveling with the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus West Gambela Bethel Synod (WGBS) to Tirgol, located on the western border, to attend the first synod council meeting ever held there. The meeting was also a celebration of the successful peace and reconciliation work of WGBS members in the region. Their successful journey along the Akobo River, in which they held prayer services to lift the curse of violence in various communities, had provided opportunity for Jakany and Lou Nuer elders to be reconciled. Christian faith was the foundation for the exchange of forgiveness and, in turn, the renewal of life along the river.

But violence meanwhile continued to shatter South Sudan. The mother of five arrived at the church compound exhausted, dehydrated, and malnourished after a month of walking from Malakal. With compassion, the women of the church approached her and were able to help her get registered as a refugee. The mother of five received the plastic band identifying her as one of thousands of refugees forced to walk away from all that was familiar and ordinary. In faith, she came to the church with hope that, through their compassion and love, they would come to know her as Mary and embrace her as a sister likewise clinging to the promises of God.

Rev. Michael Weller, PC(USA) regional liaison for the Horn of Africa

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Rev. Michael Weller, regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, Presbyterian World Mission • Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY): Gwenyth Haspels, nurse, Rev. John Haspels, evangelist, Brenda Stelle, English teacher, Bethel Evangelical Secondary School, Rev. Stephen Stelle, instructor, Gidada Bible School, Rachel Weller, clinics and CHE facilitator/regional administrator • Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology: Marilyn Hansen, communications, Rev. Dr. Richard Hansen, systematic theology professor

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Jacqueline Harris, PMA
Deborah Harrison, PMA

Let us pray

Read: Luke 4:18–19
Lord, open my heart to the presence of your Spirit. Reveal the ways in which your word as promise is actualized in the words and deeds of this day. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 92; 149
First Reading Ezekiel 3:4-17
Second Reading Hebrews 5:7-14
Gospel Reading Luke 9:37-50
Evening Psalms 23; 114

Mission Yearbook for May 15, 2015

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Republic of the Sudan

 

The situation of our partner churches in Sudan and South Sudan is unstable and will surely be greatly changed when you read this entry.

What can we say about the desperate situations in both countries? While the details may be different, the challenges are equally difficult. The events of recent years represent one of the great human tragedies of our day. Powerful individuals and political forces tear at the social fabric of a long-suffering people. The infrastructure is frail at best after decades of war. Inhumanity prevails on a scale impossible for us to imagine. Each day threatens unpredictable horrors.

Yet the church of Jesus Christ (in its Presbyterian and numerous other forms) is a present and faithful witness, and the amazing courage and resilience of its people evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence.

What is our role in the PC(USA)? Prayer is always the place to begin, whether in peace or war. Daily supplication before the gates of heaven must be made credible through our presence and resources, however inadequate they are in the face of such crushing afflictions. Only God’s unfathomable mercy can address such situations. Four presbyteries (Trinity, Shenango, Redstone, and Pittsburgh) have been blessed with the privilege of humbly walking for more than 20 years with our partners in Sudan and South Sudan.

On an even deeper level, we in a post-Christian West have been challenged by observing the practices of a post-Western Christianity in the lives of these partners. These sisters and brothers, not we, are now the representatives of the world’s Christian majority. Their extraordinary witness is essential to our future as a Christian community in the West.

Rev. Dr. David Dawson, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries
Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC): Synod leadership—Rev. Yahya Abdelrahim Nalu, chair, Rev. Indraous Matra, vice chair, Rev. Barbary Omer, secretary; Presbytery and church department leadership—Elder Dr. Dawood Bashir, Rev. Mikadi Mahmoud, Elder Kobia Osman • Gereif Bible School, Khartoum: Rev. Daniel Hammad, academic dean • Nile Theological College, Khartoum: Rev. Musa Kodi, academic dean • Sudan Council of Churches: Rev. Kori Ramalah, secretary general
Presbytery Partnerships
Presbyteries of Pittsburgh, Redstone, and Shenango, with the SPEC
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Troy Hardy, BOP
Ashley Harkinson, PMA
Cheri Harper, PMA
Let us pray
Merciful Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, embrace your witnesses in the Sudan and South Sudan, protecting them and giving them courage for this day. May we “have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth” of your love expressed through them. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 96; 148
First Reading Ezekiel 1:28-3:3
Second Reading Hebrews 4:14-5:6
Gospel Reading Luke 9:28-36
Evening Psalms 49; 138

Mission Yearbook for May 14, 2015

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Republic of South Sudan, continued

 

 

Partners from Pittsburgh Presbytery, CCAP Blantyre Synod, and the SSPEC

 

Courtesy of Ken White

 

Since 1999, Pittsburgh Presbytery has been blessed by a partnership with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian–Blantyre Synod, in Malawi. Through shared projects and an exchange of visits, the covenant partnership has matured over the years into a rich blessing for all involved. Even as this partnership matured, the prayer of Pittsburgh Presbytery was, “Lord, send us a pioneering partnership.”

God’s answer was an invitation from World Mission for the presbytery to consider a partnership with the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC). In prayer, the presbytery discerned a call to stand with the church in South Sudan as it seeks to bring healing and peace to the newest nation in the world. Presbytery leaders also discerned that they should invite the church in Malawi to share in the new partnership.

In January 2013, representatives of the three partners met in Juba, South Sudan. With guidance from Michael Weller, PC(USA) regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, the tripartite relationship took shape. It quickly became apparent that each partner would be able to share gifts in ways that had not previously been imagined, and all were anxious to pursue this opportunity.

Six months later, representatives from the three partners met in Malawi to celebrate the official signing of a covenant partnership. One member of the Pittsburgh delegation said participating in the covenant agreement was one of the most significant events of her life.

The partners gathered again at the New Wilmington Mission Conference in July 2014 for prayer, sharing, and encouragement. The journey continues.

Rev. Ken White, associate pastor for mission, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS): Rev. Peter Gai Lual Marrow, moderator, Rev. John Yor Nyiker, general secretary, Rev. James Makuei, director, Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency, Rev. Gideon Tai Tudeal, principal, Giffen Institute of Theology, Malakal • South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC): Rev. James Par Tap, acting moderator, Rev. Philip Akway, general secretary • Across: Nancy Hinga, program director • Nile Theological College, Malakal: Rev. Santino Odong Othol, acting principal • Resource Centre for Civil Leadership (RECONCILE): Rev. Peter Tibi, executive director • South Sudan Council of Churches: Rev. Mark Akec, acting secretary general

Presbytery Partnerships

Trinity Presbytery, with the PCOSS; Presbyteries of Pittsburgh, Redstone, and Shenango, with the SSPEC

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Wendy Handler, PMA
Rev. Chip Hardwick, PMA

Let us pray

Lord, we pray that this unique partnership would thrive under your care. Grant it challenges that will keep the partners tender, close to you, and close to one another as they grow in faith and service. Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary for Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1–11
Ps. 47 or Ps. 93; Eph. 1:15–23
Luke 24:44–53

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 47; 147:12-20
First Reading Ezekiel 1:1-14, 24-28(b)
Second Reading Hebrews 2:5-18
Gospel Reading Matthew 28:16-20
Evening Psalms 68; 113

Mission Yearbook for May 13, 2015

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Republic of South Sudan

 

Late in 2013, hostilities broke out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. At the time of this writing, the hostility has spread to all but three of the 10 states that make up South Sudan.

I have been hearing from students about the atrocities that are occurring; hearing how their faith is holding strong, how they are trusting God. They are not trusting God to keep them alive but trusting God no matter what happens; they are trusting God in life and in death.

In Malakal, where I teach at the Nile Theological College, there has been total destruction of the campus and loss of civilian life. I am heartsick for my students and the other people of Malakal and South Sudan. The population of this young country is seeing unhealed wounds erupt in deadly force.

I am thankful for God’s faithfulness to the people of South Sudan and other traumatized countries. Some of the very young children had never known war until now. We know that God is holding the hands of those mothers who hold infants being rehydrated by IV drips because they have life-threatening diarrhea. Their little ones have diarrhea because there is no clean water and little food. The people are drinking muddy water and cooking with mud. We know that God is comforting the father whose nine-year-old daughter was shot in the stomach at the UN compound where he thought his family would be safe.

God is not powerless. God is demonstrating the most loving kind of power—providing endurance, comfort, and everlasting presence even in the most difficult of times. Love is a much stronger power than the power of guns and tanks.

Rev. Debbie Blane, PC(USA) mission coworker, Malakal

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS): Aliamma George, community health evangelism facilitator, Rev. Jacob George, theological educator, Giffen Bible School, Lynn and Sharon Kandel, logistics and administration advisers, Nancy McGaughey, community health facilitator/consultant, Leisa Wagstaff, education facilitator • Nile Theological College: Rev. Debra Blane, theology lecturer • Resource Centre for Civil Leadership (RECONCILE): Rev. Nancy Smith-Mather, program facilitator, Rev. Shelvis Smith-Mather, principal, RECONCILE Peace Institute

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Ray Hamilton, PMA
Rev. Trey Hammond, PMA
Denise Hampton, PMA

Let us pray

Lord, thank you for your love. Your love is not of this world. It may look weak in the face of guns and tanks, but it is not. It is the way of care and respect; it is the way of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 99; 147:1-11
First Reading Deuteronomy 19:1-7
Second Reading James 5:13-18
Gospel Reading Luke 12:22-31
Evening Psalms 9; 118

Mission Yearbook for May 12, 2015

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Equatorial Guinea

 

 

Seeking to build ecumenical relations, Rev. Manuel Nzoh, general secretary of the IRPGE (left), meets with Mr. Simon Dossou (right) at the All Africa Conference of Churches 10th General Assembly in Uganda in June 2013.

 

Courtesy of Manuel Nzoh

 

Rev. Manuel Nzoh and his colleagues in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Equatorial Guinea (IRPGE) talk often about wanting to partner with a presbytery or congregation in the United States. They feel down and lonely, being in the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa. The IRPGE is part of a very small Protestant presence in a country that favored the Roman Catholic Church and persecuted Protestants during the Macías presidency (1968–1979). While the church is no longer persecuted, it feels marginalized and ignored by the government.

Isolated in its region, the IRPGE is finding hope and encouragement from the worldwide family of faith encountered at meetings of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the World Council of Churches. It appreciates these times when much of Christ’s church is united across borders and theological differences.

This oldest of PC(USA) partners in Africa longs for relationships that will help its members truly feel part of the body of Christ worldwide and so invites Presbyterians from the United States and elsewhere to join it in God’s mission. Would your congregation or presbytery consider developing a partnership with the IRPGE?

Jeff Boyd, PC(USA) regional liaison for Central Africa

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Reformed Presbyterian Church of Equatorial Guinea: Rev. Manuel Nzoh Asumu, general secretary

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Patricia Haines, BOP
Sheila Hall, BOP

Let us pray

God, unite us as the body of Christ. Help us to encourage those who feel down and to rejoice with those who are glad. May we hear your good news spoken by those who feel marginalized. Open our eyes to see you in a new light. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 98; 146
First Reading Deuteronomy 8:11-20
Or alternate First Reading Deuteronomy 18:15-22
Second Reading James 1:16-27
Gospel Reading Luke 11:1-13
Evening Psalms 66; 116

Mission Yearbook for May 11, 2015

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Cameroon

 

In our day and age, what is the meaning of the gospel’s liberating message for the Cameroonian Presbyterian Church (EPC), and from what does the good news free us?

In the New Testament, liberty is understood not as moral or political autonomy but as rescue by Jesus Christ from anything that stands in the way of our belonging to God. In this way, the believer becomes a servant of God rather than a slave to sin.

American and Cameroonian missionaries have been messengers of this good news in our lands and villages, as well as witnesses to God’s love through their ministries. They planted churches to preach the gospel of salvation, built hospitals to free the sick from illnesses, and created schools to deliver youth from ignorance in preparing the church of tomorrow. Piety, humility, courage, and sacrifice permeated Cameroonian society, which experienced increased spiritual, socioeconomic, and political vitality through the church’s incarnation of the salutary good news.

Nowadays, the EPC finds itself proclaiming the good news to captives of the frenetic pursuit of riches, eminence, and power—and the corruption, embezzlement, and social conflict that come with it.

In renewing our relationship with God and restoring our Christian witness, we seek to strengthen historical partnerships. It is a matter of pursuing first the kingdom of heaven, and all else will be added as well.

—Rev. Dr. Richard Ondji’i Toung, general secretary, Cameroonian Presbyterian Church

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian Church in Cameroon: Rt. Rev. Dr. Festus Asana, moderator • Eglise Presbyterienne Camerounaise (EPC): Rev. Dr. Richard Ondji’i Toung, general secretary • Network Fighting Hunger in Cameroon (RELUFA): Jaff Napoleon Bamenjo, coordinator

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbytery of St. Andrew, with the EPC; Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, with RELUFA

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Debbie Haag, FDN
Justin Hadden, BOP
Colleen M. Hahn, FDN

Let us pray

Liberator God, you set us free from all sorts of enslavement. In your goodness and mercy, deliver us from our oppressive idolatry, envy, and greed, and release us from the race for power and wealth. Grant us the humility, selflessness, and courage with which our ancestors served you, in the likeness of your Son. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 97; 145
First Reading Deuteronomy 8:1-10
Or alternate First Reading Deuteronomy 18:9-14
Second Reading James 1:1-15
Gospel Reading Luke 9:18-27
Evening Psalms 124; 115

Mission Yearbook for May 10, 2015

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 22:00
Share with a friend     Minute for Mission: Princeton Theological Seminary

 

 

Karen Rohrer and Becca Blake, codirectors of Beacon

 

Courtesy of Cheryl Khyllep

 

We church folk love our old songs. We bear with our music directors and pastors as they gently encourage us to try new hymns, but most of us prefer the ones we know so well that we can sing them from memory.

The psalmist reminds us, however, that sometimes we are called to sing a new song in response to what God is doing in the church and in our lives.

In today’s lectionary reading from Acts, when the Holy Spirit falls upon the Gentiles to whom Peter is preaching the gospel, Peter realizes that something unprecedented has happened that requires an entirely new response. So he instructs his colleagues to baptize Cornelius and his entire household even though they are not Jews. Peter’s faithful discipleship leads him to sing a new song in that moment.

As the president of Princeton Theological Seminary, I have the privilege and joy every May of putting diplomas in the hands of talented servants of God who are committed to serving the church of Jesus Christ. An increasing number of these graduates are entering nontraditional forms of ministry—church planting, church redevelopment, nonprofit management, public advocacy, journalism, and entrepreneurial ventures of all sorts that have social impact. They are singing new songs to the Lord.

A powerful example of our students’ willingness to minister in new ways can be found at Beacon, a church redevelopment project that is codirected by two recent graduates—Karen Rohrer (’11) and Becca Blake (’09). Under their leadership, Beacon, located in the challenged Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, has become a vibrant faith community that uses the arts to transform the lives of young people.

Karen and Becca are together singing a beautiful new song.

Dr. Craig Barnes, president, Princeton Theological Seminary

Let us pray

Gracious Lord, give us the courage to sing new songs: to live out the gospel in new and unexpected ways in order to share the love of Jesus Christ with a broken and hurting world. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Sunday Lectionary and Hymns

Acts 10:44–48
“Gracious Spirit, Heed
Our Pleading”
GTG 287

Ps. 98
“To God Compose a Song of Joy”
PH 219

1 John 5:1–6
“Though I May Speak” / “The Gift
of Love”
GTG 693, PH 335

John 15:9–17
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” /
“죄짐맡은 우리구주”
GTG 465, HB 385, PH 403

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 93; 150
First Reading Deuteronomy 15:1-11
Second Reading 1 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Gospel Reading Matthew 13:24-34a
Evening Psalms 136; 117

Mission Yearbook for May 09, 2015

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 22:00
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Older Adult Week

Fair Trade Day Minute for Mission

 

 

Catherine Manzi

 

Courtesy of Marissa Perry Saints

 

God gives me power and motivates me to be part of Dsenyo and improve my life.”—Catherine Manzi, Dsenyo partner, Malawi

Dsenyo is a fair-trade enterprise creating sustainable livelihoods for communities in Malawi. Since 2009, we have partnered directly with artisans to develop and distribute handcrafted products. In a country where 51 percent live below the national poverty line, our partnerships create much-needed employment for the most vulnerable members of society, including women, widows, refugees, and people who are HIV positive.

In October 2013, we conducted an innovative social-impact survey to better understand how our work affects the livelihoods of women. The survey gave us insight into the daily realities faced by our partners.

We learned that our economic impact has a ripple effect through families, providing women with income to purchase better food, fund children’s education, and improve their homes. Many told us that earnings from Dsenyo have even allowed them to start their own business ventures.

This survey also allowed women a safe space to have their voices heard. To hear the women openly sharing about their lives was inspiring. At Malawi’s Dzaleka refugee camp in particular, artisans were eager to participate. Sharing stories is an important part of maintaining respectful relationships.

Please pray for Dsenyo’s partner artisan groups, a total of about 85 women in Malawi.

—Marissa Perry Saints, Dsenyo founder, Malawi

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Suzi Gwinn, PILP
Nicole Gwynn, BOP

Let us pray

Dear Lord, thank you for the hardworking women of Malawi; for their spirit of joy and perseverance, of faith and gratitude. May we find inspiration in them. We pray that this world would be a more just and equitable place for all. Give us the courage to make changes in our own lives toward this end. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 92; 149
First Reading Deuteronomy 32:34-41 (42) 43
Second Reading Romans 15:1-13
Gospel Reading Luke 9:1-17
Evening Psalms 23; 114

Mission Yearbook for May 08, 2015

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 22:00
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Older Adult Week

Nigeria

 

Nigeria is a country of divisions: North/South; Muslim/Christian; Hausa and Fulani / Yoruba and Igbo; cattle herders / farmers; the poor majority, which earns $2 per day or less / the wealthy minority, enriched by the billions in annual oil revenue. (About 25 percent of Nigeria’s oil is exported to the United States, so American money is fueling some of this division.)

In recent years, Nigeria has witnessed considerable strife and violence that seems to be religiously based. In the Northeast, a militia group known as Boko Haram has fought against Western influence, and although this violence is most often aimed at Muslims, Christians and churches have also been targeted. Most of the members of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria come from the Southeast—home to the Igbo, Efik, and Ibibio ethnic groups. When violence breaks out somewhere in Nigeria, people and groups tend to takes sides and demand retribution. The Nigerian military has responded to the violence with a vengeance, killing both militia members and many innocent bystanders. The situation is desperate.

But there are signs of promise amid the distress. Many voices, including the church, are speaking out for peace and justice. An emerging professional middle class is working for stability and development. And a vibrant entrepreneurial and creative spirit is thriving. These developments nurture hope of a better future for Nigeria.

Rev. Josh Heikkila, PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian Church of Nigeria: Rev. Professor Emele Mba Uka, moderator, Rev. Ndukwe Nwachukwa Eme, principal clerk • Christian Council of Nigeria

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Frank Grunseich, BOP
Vicente Guna, OGA
Lisa Guzzardo, BOP

Let us pray

We pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, especially those in the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. We pray that they can begin to address the divisions that separate people from one another. And, Holy Spirit, we trust that you will inspire them with ideas for creating a deep and lasting peace. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 96; 148
First Reading Deuteronomy 31:30-32:14
Second Reading Romans 14:13-23
Gospel Reading Luke 8:40-56
Evening Psalms 49; 138

Mission Yearbook for May 07, 2015

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:00
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Niger

 

 

Men preparing the bags in which moringa seedlings will be grown

 

Courtesy of Zakari Baraou

 

Niger is a semiarid, landlocked country that constantly struggles with food security. The population continues to grow by leaps and bounds, putting added stress on already limited resources. Over the past decade, the country has faced almost annual problems with malnutrition, especially among children. In response, the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN) has begun working with communities to address this problem.

With a small grant provided by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the EERN initiated a pilot project, building wells and community gardens. With access to wells, communities are able to extend the growing season from three short months to the entire year. While staple crops such as sorghum and millet can still only be grown during the June-to-August rainy season, a well allows communities to grow fruits and vegetables year-round.

The pilot nutrition project has especially focused on moringa, a tree that is common in much of Africa. Some people in Niger refer to moringa as the “miracle tree,” both because it can grow in the arid ground and because its edible leaves are a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Along with the beans and peanuts that are already grown in Niger, moringa has the potential to wipe out malnutrition completely.

Rev. Josh Heikkila, PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN): Rev. Michael Ludwig, literacy and evangelism trainer, Rachel Ludwig, team ministry, Claire Zuhosky, youth center development specialist

Partners/Ministries

Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger: Pastor Maiki Kadade, president, Pastor Iro Ibrahim, vice president,
Mr. Saidu Saley, secretary general

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Elder Laurie Griffith, OGA
Leann Gritton, PMA

Let us pray

You are the source of living water, O Lord. We pray that wells dug in Niger will flow with life, that moringa trees will be nurtured, and that your children will be fed. Let the wilderness and dry lands be glad; may the desert blossom. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 47; 147:12-20
First Reading Jeremiah 33:1-13
Second Reading Romans 14:1-12
Gospel Reading Luke 8:26-39
Evening Psalms 68; 113

Mission Yearbook for May 06, 2015

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 22:00
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Older Adult Week

Togo

 

 

Togolese women learning to read

 

Courtesy of Josh Heikkila

 

For the past few years, the annual synod of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo has chosen a theme based on the concept of human dignity. The 2013 theme was “God of life, lead us to justice, peace, and dignity,” which intentionally aligned the church with goals set by the All Africa Conference of Churches: to have churches actively working to build justice, peace, and human dignity across the African continent.

The church in Togo sees bolstering human dignity and economic well-being as central to its mission. The development branch of the church, the Protestant Center for Sustainable Development, works in a number of areas, including adult literacy and alternative education, water purification, and agricultural extension programs—areas of great need in a country where a majority of people are rural farmers.

Near the city of Atakpame, in central Togo, the church has been working with literacy programs for farming women. Many of these women were not able to go to school, because they began farming at a young age to support their extended families. Learning to read and write gives them greater access to produce markets and banking services. It also helps them to create more formal businesses, which often improves the economic situation of their entire family.

Rev. Josh Heikkila, PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa

Let us join in prayer for:

Partners/Ministries

Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo: Rev. Paul Sename Avinou, moderator, Rev. Kossi Bebefe, clerk, Mrs. Adzowavi Dzigbodi Amuzu-Nomenyo, presbyter executive

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Annette Greer, PMA
Pam Greer-Ullrich, FDN
Elder Paul Grier, FDN

Let us pray

God of life, we pray for our brothers and sisters in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo as you lead them in paths of justice, peace, and dignity. Anoint them with your Spirit as they work for your sons and daughters in Togo. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 99; 147:1-11
First Reading Jeremiah 32:36-44
Second Reading Romans 13:1-14
Gospel Reading Luke 8:16-25
Evening Psalms 9; 118

Mission Yearbook for May 05, 2015

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:00
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Older Adult Week

Ghana

 

Throughout West Africa, there is a widespread belief among many that good and evil spiritual forces have a profound impact on people’s lives. Good forces, of course, come from God, while bad forces are attributed to the devil and his human agents, who are sometimes branded witches.

When communities experience an unexplained death or misfortune and cannot pinpoint a cause, blame might be attributed to a particular person. These people are often the most vulnerable members of society—women, the elderly, the poor—who are not empowered to defend themselves.

In the north of Ghana, there are a handful of communities, called witches’ camps, where women and men have had to flee after being accused of practicing witchcraft in their hometowns. The situation in these camps is deplorable. They often lack electricity and clean water. Some women and men have had to flee to them with their children, who then have no access to education.

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana has been working for several years in the community of Gambaga, the largest witches’ camp in the country. They are doing two things: helping to meet basic needs of the people in these camps and working for reconciliation in the home communities, so a person who has been banished can return.

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana would like to work in the camp in Gnani, which is near several of its congregations. But since this is a very poor region of Ghana, the congregations have not been able to gather the necessary resources and have invited the PC(USA) to join them in this work.

Rev. Josh Heikkila, PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Rev. Joshua Heikkila, regional liaison for West Africa, Presbyterian World Mission • Akrofi-Christaler Institute of Theology, Mission, and Culture: Dr. Ingrid Reneau, research fellow

Partners/Ministries

Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG): Rev. Professor Emmanuel Martey, moderator, Rev. Dr. Samuel Ayete-Nyampong, clerk of General Assembly • Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana (EPCG): Rev. Francis Amenu, moderator of General Assembly, Rev. Godwin Kwaku Osiakwa, clerk of General Assembly, Mr. Jonas Dzodzodzi, presbyter executive • Christian Council of Ghana

Presbytery Partnerships

Presbyteries of Chicago, Denver, Foothills, Milwaukee, and New Brunswick, with the PCG; Presbyteries of Lake Erie and Lake Michigan, with the EPCG

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Vera Greene, BOP
Alan Greenstine, BOP

Let us pray

God of widows and orphans, you comfort the lost and care for the poor. We pray for the churches in Ghana as they minister to those who have been made outcasts. Give them the ability to feed, clothe, and house those in need. Allow them to build peace and reconciliation among neighbors and families in strife. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 98; 146
First Reading Jeremiah 32:16-25
Second Reading Romans 12:1-21
Gospel Reading Luke 8:1-15
Evening Psalms 66; 116

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