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

Friday, January 31

The Presbytery of San Gabriel

California

Presbytery and Peruvian youth engaged in conversation Photo by Rocky Supinger

 

 

 

Presbytery and Peruvian youth engaged in conversation

 

Photo by Rocky Supinger


 

Since 2010 the Presbytery of San Gabriel has sent teams to Peru as a Living Waters for the World partner. In partnership with the Synod of Ayacucho, presbytery teams have successfully installed three water purification systems in the cities of Ayacucho, Huanta, and Maynay. What began as a ministry focused on water has become deeper, creating new opportunities that are fostering a sustainable, growing relationship.

In July 2012 a presbytery-wide youth delegation visited Peru for a jointly led cross-cultural retreat with Peruvian youth. Unphased by the challenge of language and cultural difference, those young people worked, learned, worshiped, and played side by side. One of those Peruvian young people accompanied the presbytery’s youth delegation to the 2013 Youth Triennium. This relationship is planting seeds of shared faith experiences between these young people as they grow to be leaders in their churches.

With their Peruvian partners leading the way, future presbytery plans also include a 2014 women’s delegation to Peru and the installation of two additional water purification systems. This Spirit-led partnership continues to be a blessing to both the presbytery and the Synod of Ayacucho. Clean water is flowing, even as the love of Christ is overflowing.

The presbytery also welcomed a new Indonesian fellowship, which joins its 45 congregations and communities of faith worshiping in 10 languages that are seeking to embody and share the love of Jesus. It continues to blessed by the presence of several seminaries and retirement communities.

Wendy Gist and Ruth Santana-Grace

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff
Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, executive presbyter
Twining Campbell III, stated clerk
Twila French, office administrator
Pat Collins, bookkeeper
Wendy Gist, advocate for peace, justice, and the integrity of creation

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Jim Brees, PMA
Erin Bridges, PMA
Kendra Bright, PPC

Let us pray

God of all eternity, we thank you for inspiring us. May your Holy Spirit continue to encourage and equip us with love and compassion, so that the world will experience your resurrection hope. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 88; 148
First Reading Genesis 17:15-27
Second Reading Hebrews 10:11-25
Gospel Reading John 6:1-15
Evening Psalms 6; 20

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