Thursday, March 27
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The Presbytery of Kiskiminetas
Since 2007, volunteers from 33 Kiskiminetas Presbytery congregations, from teenagers to volunteers in their 80s, have rolled up their sleeves and dug into disaster-recovery work. Traveling in teams as large as 58 members, they’ve ventured to Mississippi, Iowa City, New Orleans, Nashville, and Queens to help individuals and families clean up, repair, and rebuild their homes.
The work teams are led by copastors Gary and Lisa Lyon of Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church in Leechburg. The Cross Roads work team has itself volunteered an additional seven weeks since 2006.
The Lyons say that the most exciting aspect of this hands-on ministry is the enthusiasm for mission that participants bring home. Touched by stories of disaster and loss, but also of hope and determination, teenagers in particular have returned to their congregations and schools eager to share their experiences, make their peers and communities aware of the ongoing needs of long-term recovery, and recruit others to come along next time.
Best of all, presbytery work-trip veterans are forming smaller local and regional teams and working long weekends at disaster sites within Pennsylvania and beyond.
Blessings abound for God’s people at work near and far. The Presbytery of Kiskiminetas is home to 9,084 members of 81 congregations.
Let us join in prayer for:
Holly Wadding, administrative assistant
Karen Gray, presbytery treasurer
Carol Mock, resource center coordinator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Loving God, we remember those who have endured disasters. Thank you for faithful volunteers working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and other organizations to rebuild communities. May your Spirit inspire many to continue work until your people are restored. Thank you for Kiskiminetas Presbytery and their commitment to respond and serve. May their and our enthusiasm for mission and ministry grow beyond measure. Amen.