Friday, February 6
Presbytery of Riverside
Through PC(USA) mission coworker Kristi Van Nostran, (Joining Hands Network El Salvador), the presbytery has in recent years built an international partnership. A mission trip to El Salvador in 2012 brought us into contact with the network of churches, community organizations, small farmers, cooperatives, and educational institutions united to address root causes of hunger and share best practices in agriculture and conservation. Kristi has built relationships through her itineration, and a second trip was undertaken in summer 2014.
Back stateside, the small congregation in Cathedral City has begun a story time with Spanish-speaking children from a mobile-home neighborhood nearby. The congregation has designated part of the church’s property for a children’s garden, where these new friends can plant, water, and then witness the miracle of growth in the barren desert. Congregation members are forging relationships with the children and their parents, who also are hearing the stories of Jesus.
Several Riverside congregations engage directly in international mission. For six years, First Presbyterian in Upland has worked with a small Anglican Church of Kenya congregation (St. James) in the village of Marera. The vision began with a Kenyan family in the Upland congregation. In partnership with the people of Marera, the congregation has built a church with an attached clinic and room for a preschool, dug two deep wells with a water tower (in cooperation with Rotary International), built a new home for a pastor, and helped to develop local leadership. St. James is growing rapidly.
The Presbytery of Riverside promotes the continuing work of Christ through 31 congregations and five worshiping communities.
—Anita Hendrix, former executive presbyter
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Holy God, through Jesus you save us and inspire us. May our words and actions proclaim and promote your reign of love, justice, and peace. Amen.