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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Tuesday, February 4

Latin America and the Caribbean, continued

I know about their disheartening reality, but I was genuinely surprised, as well as humbled, that our partners are asking us to keep the hope alive: asking us to be their spiritual warriors, reminding them what hope is and why it is important.

It surprised me because so often the case is just the reverse. When we from the United States travel to Latin America and experience the strength and faith of the people, despite daunting circumstances of poverty and violence, we leave energized, in awe of people’s utter reliance on God. Our hope is renewed.

A people that taught and continues to teach the essence of hope in Christ’s promise are reaching out to us, as mission partners, and asking for something they have shared with us in abundance over the years. This is why we need each other, as mutual partners, building God’s kingdom together.

Tracey King-Ortega, PC(USA) regional liaison for Central America

Let us join in prayer for:

Alliance of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches in Latin America (AIPRAL): Gabriela Mulder, president, Rev. Darío Barolin, executive director • Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA): Judith Castañeda, general coordinator • Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI): Rev. Felipe Adolf, president, Rev. Nilton Giese, permanent executive secretary

Presbytery Partnership
Presbytery of St. Augustine, with the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Sondra Brown, BOP
Andrew Browne, BOP
Rev. Vernon Broyles, OGA

Let us pray

Creator God, we give you thanks for the people of Latin America and their strength and trust in you that has taught us and challenged us to be more faithful. Help us to be in mutual partnership with them: being bearers of hope for one another, placing that shared hope in you and you alone. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 12; 146
First Reading Genesis 21:1-21
Second Reading Hebrews 11:13-22
Gospel Reading John 6:41-51
Evening Psalms 36; 7

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