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“Then God spoke all these words …” Exod. 20:1

Friday, January 17

Savannah Presbytery


Youth and adults in mission, with their evening hosts, members of First Presbyterian Church, Brunswick photo by Rick Douylliez


Youth and adults in mission, with their evening hosts, members of First Presbyterian Church, Brunswick


photo by Rick Douylliez


Mission trips are a staple of Christian youth development, but the cost of travel, lodging, and food can be expensive. The mission ministry team of Savannah Presbytery came up with an innovative approach that addressed this financial reality while recognizing needs and poverty close to home.

In the summer of 2012, a dozen or so youth from across the presbytery, along with a myriad of adult volunteers, helped to create a traveling mission within one of the districts of the presbytery. In each location, a host church housed and fed the youth.

The week began with a beach cleanup on the shores of Cumberland Island, Georgia’s most southerly barrier island. They traveled the next three days to Waycross and Brunswick to assist with mission projects in each of these areas. Their good works included helping at the Okefenokee Humane Society, the Bethesda House of Mercy, FaithWorks, and the Second Harvest Food Bank. The week ended with a visit to a water park on Jekyll Island. As of this writing, plans are under way for another week of mission in another district of the presbytery in 2013.

Savannah Presbytery is home to 41 congregations.

Rev. Rick Douylliez, mission chair, Savannah Presbytery

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff
CRE Russell Gladding, general presbyter
Liz Richardson, business manager
Beth Sutton, staff associate for communications

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Amgad Beblawi, PMA
Shannon Beck, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, you have given us our salvation, through your Son, Jesus, and we have been sent into your world in service to bring your kingdom here on earth. As the risen Jesus sent those first disciples into all the world, we remember that, as he traveled, Jesus ministered wherever there was need. We thank you for the gift of fresh sight in our time, which enables us to be Christ’s hands and feet wherever there is need, even in our own backyard! Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 51; 148
First Reading Genesis 6:1-8
Second Reading Hebrews 3:12-19
Gospel Reading John 2:1-12
Evening Psalms 142; 65

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