Saturday, February 7
Presbytery of San Diego
The Presbytery of San Diego is blessed with a wonderful location and climate. But it’s not all sunshine here. San Diego has the third-largest homeless population in the United States, trailing only New York and Los Angeles. Among students in the San Diego Unified School System alone, between 5,000 and 13,000 are homeless. And one person in six does not know where the next meal will come from.
The presbytery’s response to these challenges is Presbyterian Urban Ministries (PUM), which began in 1968 and today operates out of the Golden Hills neighborhood. PUM has grown from a crisis center meeting immediate physical needs (food, hygiene, clothing, etc.) to a true resource center. Through partnerships with other agencies, PUM makes a big impact despite its modest size, connecting clients to shelter programs, ongoing food resources, and organizations that help them train for jobs or recover from addiction.
The staff and volunteers at PUM work not only to meet clients’ immediate physical needs but to offer psychological, social, and spiritual services that can lead to lasting transformation. Guided by the love of Christ and his mandate to serve with compassion and humility, PUM’s staff and volunteers take the time to listen to clients, offer them Christ-centered support, and pray with and for them and their families. Operating in the spirit of Matthew 25:35–40, PUM strives to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and welcome the stranger.
PUM works in partnership with the 32 congregations in the presbytery, which generously provide for the mission through donations of time, talent, and treasure. Vacation Bible schools assemble backpacks as mission projects, youth groups serve on workdays and provide tutoring at the mission, and adult discipleship groups clean, paint, and maintain the house.
Those involved in this compassionate ministry experience transformation through service and fellowship and a common desire to love our neighbors.
—Clark Cowden, executive presbyter
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Neal Presa, moderator, 220th General Assembly (2012); member, PMA Board
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious God, we thank you for countless blessings and abundant grace. Help each of us to reach out and share these blessings and this grace with others. We pray for the people who seek assistance at Presbyterian Urban Ministries as well as its staff, volunteers, and steering committee. In Christ’s name. Amen