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

Friday, June 20

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221st General Assembly (2014)

The Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys

South Sudanese American youth campers at Camp Presbyterian Clearwater Forest Photo courtesy of Camp Presbyterian Clearwater Forest

 

South Sudanese American youth campers at Camp Presbyterian Clearwater Forest

 

Photo courtesy of Camp Presbyterian Clearwater Forest

 

The Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys serves Christ in a rural region. Generations ago, some Presbyterian churches were the only English-speaking congregations in this vicinity: most immigrants who settled the fertile lands spoke German, Swedish, or Norwegian. Today, residents of these small towns enjoy their rural lifestyle, but concerns grow as young adults leave for job opportunities in the Twin Cities.

A new wave of immigration is giving congregations hope. Migrants from South Sudan have chosen several small towns in the presbytery as their new home. The presbytery is working with congregations and immigrant groups to discern and fund ministries with their new neighbors in Christ.

For example, Camp Presbyterian Clearwater Forest hosted a group of young South Sudanese American campers. Camp staff were unfamiliar with the group’s culture and concerned that they may not be able to connect and give them the camp experience they deserved. Their apprehension was assuaged the moment the kids stepped off the bus. The South Sudanese children brought more energy to the games, boating, and worship than the staff had ever encountered.

It was certainly a new experience for everyone involved. Despite a few misunderstandings, the campers and staff left with exhausted bodies, renewed spirits, and shared memories that will be treasured forever.

The Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys is home to 7,942 members of 62 congregations.

Rev. Andrew Davis, Union Street Presbyterian, St. Peter, Minnesota; Michael Peterson, counselor, Presbyterian Clearwater Forest

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Pamela Prouty, stated clerk.
Karen Lange, administrative assistant
Virginia Molitor, finance, website maintenance, general office
D. J. Jerimiasson, executive director, Clearwater Forest
Elise Bates Russell, associate director, Clearwater Forest

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Eileen Kerwin, BOP
Emily Kiefer, PPC

Let us pray

God of all peoples, grant us your Spirit as you give us new opportunities for ministry. We pray that you will continue to transform our communities as you mold us into your people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 51; 148
First Reading Numbers 13:1-3, 21-30
Second Reading Romans 2:25-3:8
Gospel Reading Matthew 18:21-35
Evening Psalms 142; 65

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