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“Nothing will be impossible with God.” —Luke 1:37

Monday, February 9

Presbytery of San Fernando

California

Lisa Patriquin, coordinator of the partnership between San Fernando and Central Presbytery in Colombia Photo by Ken Baker

 

Lisa Patriquin, coordinator of the partnership between San Fernando and Central Presbytery in Colombia

 

Photo by Ken Baker

 

In the fall of 2010, Rev. Dayro Aranzalez, executive secretary of Central Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, visited the Presbytery of San Fernando to propose a partnership that would encourage mutual understanding and assistance. After several return visits, Elder Lisa Patriquin is now working directly with Central Presbytery as coordinator of community outreach projects. Lisa helps Central connect to international organizations, churches, and individuals that support its mission. Current community projects focus on children and youth in Bogotá and Medellín neighborhoods that have high rates of substance abuse, unemployment or underemployment, and prostitution. Many come from families who have suffered multiple forced displacements because of the ongoing armed conflict in Colombia.

Lisa, who has relocated to Colombia, is deeply committed to reaching children and families in these neighborhoods, where an experience of community is crucial to personal and corporate transformation. The church has an opportunity to impact hundreds of young lives by providing space for hope, new identity, leadership development, and a broader sense of family centered in Jesus Christ.

Lisa loves to share the story of what God is doing in Colombia with others who might want to support this work. She is excited to be part of this wide embrace and larger vision of what it means to be the church in the world.

The Presbytery of San Fernando is home to 31 congregations.

—Russell Smith, communication and church support committee, Presbytery of San Fernando

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Bob Thomson, stated clerk
Rev. Ken Baker, executive presbyter
Casey Maddren, secretary
Marguerite Minor, bookkeeper
Wendy Gist, mission advocate

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Karen Butts, PMA
Carl Cadet, PMA
Kelly Cahill, BOP

Let us pray

Gracious Lord, please make us eager and willing partners with our brothers and sisters in other lands, so that together we may be faithful witnesses to your love and grace for all people, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 5; 145
First Reading Isaiah 57:14-21
Second Reading Galatians 6:11-18
Gospel Reading Mark 9:30-41
Evening Psalms 82; 29

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