Wednesday, April 9
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The Presbytery of West Virginia
You often see pictures of people in mission involved in projects that aim to improve the lives of people in the middle of Appalachia. Indeed, the disaster-recovery ministry of the Presbytery of West Virginia, the West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps (WVMAW), is busy from March to November hosting work crews from throughout the country.
Volunteers work on projects that put new roofs on homes, insulate against the heat and cold, restore homes to livable conditions, and make connections between people often from very different situations.
There is another part of the Appalachian story. Many small congregations are involved in ministry to their community through food pantries, clothes closets, serving meals, and other community outreach ministries. Many collaborate with other congregations and denominations to extend the reach of God’s love.
Mission also extends beyond the boundaries of Appalachia. Members of presbytery congregations have traveled to rebuild homes on the Gulf Coast. Some have gone to Kenya to help reinforce our enduring covenant connection. A mission team recently traveled to Nicaragua to expand a new partnership of witness and service to the love of Jesus Christ. Others have traveled to Haiti and Puerto Rico, establishing lasting relationships and seeking to show the love of God to our neighbors—who may be separated from us geographically but are never out of the reach of God’s grace.
The Presbytery of West Virginia’s 135 congregations have 9,975 total members.
—Jim Robinson, chair, board of directors, WVMAW
Let us join in prayer for:
Forrest Palmer, interim executive presbyter
Craig Butler, associate presbyter for congregational support
Maureen Wright, stated clerk
Lois Coffey, financial administrator/treasurer
Claire Butler, interim associate presbyter for older adult ministries and hunger action enabler
Karen Robinson, resource center director
Leslie Curtis, office administrator
Susan Sharp Campbell, associate for educational ministries
Mark Miller, director, Bluestone Camp and Conference Center
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
For your work in these mountains and beyond, O Lord, we are grateful. Thank you for those who give of themselves to show your love to all people. Unite us in your service through Christ our Lord. Amen.