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“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life.’ ” —John 6:35

Tuesday, April 7

Presbytery of Kiskiminetas

Pennsylvania

Rev. Boyd and Shirley Edmondson Photo by Ken Barron

 

Rev. Boyd and Shirley Edmondson

 

Photo by Ken Barron

 

Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ is at the heart of what we are called to do as Christians. And it can be so exiting! One way the 81 Kiskiminetas congregations have been doing this together is through the presbytery’s partnership with Gitarama Presbytery in Rwanda. In 2014 we sent a missionary couple to Rwanda for six months.

The partnership began in 2006 and has primarily involved short-term exchange visits to allow our two presbyteries to become better acquainted. We have also been able to assist our Rwandan partner with the construction of new churches, a new fresh-water well, water-filtration kits for families, and heifers, among other things. However, for our partnership to grow, we found that we needed to overcome a substantial stumbling block.

Improving communication—specifically, understanding the Kinyarwanda language—became the focus of our mission. Meeting this challenge would help us discover new and exciting mission opportunities from our Rwandan partner and help move our mission forward.

Rev. Boyd Edmondson has been a pastor in our presbytery for over 15 years. His wife, Shirley, is a guidance counselor for the local school district. Both are very humble servants of God and have felt called to this God-sized adventure. We sent them on their way in June 2014, filled with hope that their six-month sojourn of ministry and fellowship in the Gitarama Presbytery would reveal new mission opportunities for us to explore.

We pray that God will continue to show us the way forward as we work with our partners in Rwanda.

Mark Phoebus, moderator, Rwanda Partnership Committee

Let us join in prayer for

Presbytery Staff

Marilyn Tully, stated clerk
Holly Wadding, administrative assistant
Carol Mock, resource center director
Karen Gray, treasurer

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Joe Ferguson, PMA
Ryan Fitzgerald, BOP

Let us pray

Loving Father, we thank you for the courageous and faithful people of Rwanda. They have so much to teach us about loving you and trusting you for all of our needs. As we serve, let us all walk humbly with you as we follow the example given to us by Jesus Christ. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 98; 146
First Reading Isaiah 30:18-26
Second Reading Acts 2:36-41 (42-47)
Gospel Reading John 14:15-31
Evening Psalms 66; 116

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