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“The one who calls you is faithful.” —1 Thess. 5:24

Saturday, January 24

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Peace River Presbytery

Florida

Farmworker families in front of Mision Peniel Photo by Jim Berger

 

Farmworker families in front of Mision Peniel

 

Photo by Jim Berger

 

In 2006, Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Wimauma, a mission partner of Peace River Presbytery, expanded its multifaceted assistance program for farm workers to the city of Immokalee in south Florida. The immigrant farmworkers there, primarily tomato pickers, needed food assistance, counseling, and worship opportunities—things Beth-El does well. Beth-El called a pastor from Guatemala, Rev. Miguel Estrada, and opened Mision Peniel to improve the lives of a population that most of us take for granted.

Last year, Peace River was given the opportunity to assume full responsibility for the oversight and support of Mision Peniel, which is in essence a ministry of compassionate and prophetic discipleship. The ministry, which has committed itself to serving as “a Christ-centered, compassionate bridge connecting migrant farm workers in Immokalee, Florida, to faith communities and the world,” is now prospering.

As many as 1,000 people per week are served by its food distribution program, and 15 Peace River congregations and over 1,000 volunteers participate in the ministry each year. Rev. Estrada is seen as a trustworthy pastor by the farmworkers and works closely with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which continues to advocate for fair wages and working conditions for migrants. The needs and realities of the migrant community in Immokalee have been well documented by the PC(USA)’s Fair Food Campaign.

Peace River Presbytery was offered an opportunity for compassionate, prophetic discipleship and took it. Thank God for the chance to serve.

Rev. Graham Hart, general presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Graham Hart, general presbyter
Rev. Dr. Clinton Cottrell, stated clerk
Alan Penick, treasurer
Alesia Sharpe, office manager
Lori Doyal, administrative assistant /financial secretary
Rev. Miguel Estrada, presbytery evangelist

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Elder Ben Blake, PILP
Antoinette Bland, BOP

Let us pray

We thank you, Lord, for the chance to be of service to your people. Direct us, we pray, as we do your will. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 56; 149
First Reading Isaiah 46:1-13
Second Reading Ephesians 6:10-24
Gospel Reading Mark 5:1-20
Evening Psalms 118; 111

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