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

Monday, February 24

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Pedro, Jhenifer, and Pablo in Vitória, Brazil Photo by Pedro Lisias Silva


Pedro, Jhenifer, and Pablo in Vitória, Brazil

Photo by Pedro Lisias Silva


Talented young people with frustrations! They are skillful with new technologies but unprepared to deal with the difficulties of real life. Still, they are dreamers and want to be a part of the kingdom of justice and peace.

Pablo is among the many young people who have experienced difficulties, perhaps feeling that he doesn’t fit in. He was very discouraged with the church and its influence in the world and was drifting away from the church and from God. Recognizing this, I tried to help him, as did Jhenifer Souza and others who are active among the young people in the presbytery. I wanted to help Pablo perceive the call of God in his life and to encourage him to use his gifts for the sake of God’s kingdom.

After he was touched by the love of Jesus, Pablo’s path began to be revealed to him. He recognized that he was already making a difference participating as a musician and leader in the community and at spiritual retreats. Today, Pablo encourages other young people to participate in local and ecumenical projects as an example of the way to respond in love and faith.

Gifted young people demonstrate the kingdom of justice and peace in attitudes of compassion, respect, and humility as they discover the joyful brilliance of this phase of life and seek to serve the Lord with gladness.

—Pedro Lisias Silva, student, Center of Theological Formation Richard Shaull (of the United Presbyterian Church of Brazil), Vitória

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPIB): Rev. Dr. C. Timothy Carriker, curriculum designer, education consultant, Marta Carriker, pastoral advisor to IPIB People in Mission, Joshua Vis, professor of biblical studies, Methodist University of São Paulo, Kimberly Vis, team ministry • United Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPU): Rev. Gordon Gartrell and Dorothy Gartrell, church planters and trainers, Farris Goodrum and Rev. Thelma Goodrum, seminary professors/evangelism and social outreach, Center of Theological Formation Richard Shaull

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Elder Tim Clark, FDN
Eva Clayton, PMA
Rev. Kerry Clements, OGA

Let us pray

Lord God, help us to know how to deal with the “skilled but unprepared,” so that we can help young people understand how they can use their skills and serve you as members of the kingdom of justice and peace. Amen!

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 57; 145
First Reading Proverbs 3:11-20
Second Reading 1 John 3:18-4:6
Gospel Reading John 11:17-29
Evening Psalms 85; 47


  • Thanks, Euzi by Billie Healy on 03/04/2014 at 2:08 p.m.

  • I am marvelled by Pedro Lísias´ comment and by the interest of PCUSA in helping young people use their talents in the service of God. So glad I participate in a partner church, IPU. by Euzi Moraes on 02/25/2014 at 7:32 a.m.

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