Wednesday, April 15
Presbytery of Redstone
"I never thought I would be able to go on a mission trip, because of all my health problems,” was the comment made by a woman on our trip home after working at the SERRV center in New Windsor, Maryland. She had supported SERRV and the Heifer Fund and other mission projects by giving money, but this time she was able to be the “hands” as she packed and priced items for sale. Because the organization pays producers a fair price, purchasing SERRV items made by artisans from around the world helps to fight poverty.
Redstone Presbyterian Women groups have always had a heart for mission. They have assembled the hygiene kits, baby kits, and cleanup buckets that are distributed following disasters. After a trip to deliver the kits to the distribution center at New Windsor, we went on a tour of the facilities and saw volunteers at work. We organized a work trip, and 10 women from four congregations participated. We heard stories about the artisans, such as the family who carves nativity scenes on pieces of gourd with a sharpened nail in order to make enough money to supply its needs.
I had traveled to rebuild houses in New Orleans, but most members of my congregation were not able to do that type of work. Those 10 women returned home carrying many memories and fair-trade items that they had purchased. The enthusiasm spread, and last year we had 31 volunteers from 15 congregations, aged 16 to 80 (grandmothers and granddaughters, sisters, mothers, daughters, and friends). Plans for the next trip are already under way. The women of Redstone believe mission is a verb!
The Presbytery of Redstone has 78 congregations.
—Elder Judy Koontz, Redstone Presbyterian Women mission coordinator
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious God, we thank you for providing us gifts to share and the strength to serve you faithfully. Amen.