Monday, July 6
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Presbytery of Prospect Hill
W hat does compassionate and intentionally connected discipleship look like? Envision four congregations across 1,300 miles working together to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild their homes.
In a mission partnership extending from the Great Plains to the Atlantic Coast, two congregations in northwest Iowa teamed up with two in New York City to discern the best way to serve families still recovering from the storm.
The four partner congregations began by seeking guidance from Presbyterian Hope in Action (phianyc.org) in New York City, which directed them to the heavily damaged Rockaway Peninsula in Queens.
Seven fundraisers later, 33 youth and seven adults from the Lake Park and Spirit Lake congregations in Iowa traveled to New York City to join almost 20 youth and adults from Presbyterian congregations there, including partners Madison Avenue Presbyterian and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian, but also First Presbyterian of Jamaica (Queens), Brick Presbyterian, and First Presbyterian of Manhattan. The team of 50-plus volunteers shared in worship, fellowship, and rebuilding work on six homes selected by the Friends of Rockaway organization.
Rev. Michael Gewecke of First Presbyterian in Spirit Lake created a theological prayer journal and devotional focused on the trip’s theme of light and love. It was used by those on the trip as well as those back home in Iowa, as a way for them to remember the traveling group in prayer. Gewecke also developed a website that was updated daily with pictures and stories from the trip.
These young missionaries were sent by love and served together as one body of Christ.
The Presbytery of Prospect Hill is home to 48 congregations and their 5,811 members.
—Paul Campbell, mission coordinator, Presbytery of Prospect Hill
Let us join in prayer for:
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Let us pray
Gracious God, please keep before us the vision of what it means to be disciples. Generations before us have followed your light. May we continue to show love and compassion to people whose voices have long been silenced. Amen.