Saturday, June 27
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John Knox Presbytery
Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota
Since 2008, Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) in Madison, Wisconsin, has been building a church without walls. Under the leadership of senior pastor Dale Chapin, our congregation is reaching out in a new direction through our international outreach ministry. Responding to the unique needs of internationals and their families, this outreach, which I have the pleasure of leading, promotes in-depth cross-cultural exchange between Americans and internationals. The ministry reflects CPC’s broader commitment to global engagement and allows us to show God’s love for those at our doorsteps.
Through this outreach, CPC has been able to initiate and develop meaningful friendships with internationals and other community members in a way that transforms lives. Judith Mayanja, a graduate student from Uganda at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, describes the ministry as “a therapy to her homesickness and culture shock.”
CPC member Mary Rathburn took a trip to Turkey that was arranged by a student she met at English Conversation Time, a program hosted by CPC. Every Friday night, the fellowship hall is transformed into a global forum as CPC members, people from the community, and international students from all over the world gather together for English practice and friendly chats.
We also have programs that serve the entire immigrant community. The Community Immigration Law Center was created in 2009 to assist low-income immigrants with basic immigration issues. Every second and fourth Friday of the month, CPC hosts an immigration clinic where volunteer immigration attorneys and law students provide free services. Since its creation, the center has served more than 1,000 people, including 10 successful asylum cases.
Christ Presbyterian Church is one of 60 congregations in John Knox Presbytery.
—Jean-René Watchou, director of international outreach, Christ Presbyterian Church, Madison, Wisconsin
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Heavenly Father, your unconditional love inspires us to be loving, welcoming, and hospitable to our neighbors. Pour into our hearts your compassion, and strengthen and guide us as we go forth to make your kingdom tangible. Grant us your peace, and surround us with your presence. Amen.