Friday, May 1
W hen I read this year’s yearbook theme verse, in which Jesus shares that his mission is to “preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to liberate the oppressed” (Luke 4:18 CEB), the words nearly jumped off the page! Jesus’ “mission statement” so clearly resonates with PC(USA) World Mission’s three critical global issues: Evangelism, Poverty Alleviation, and Reconciliation. The parallel should be no surprise, since Scripture forms the basis for how our church engages in God’s mission. We have been sent on the same mission as Jesus (John 20:21): to join God’s ministry of transformation of the world!
Given that locally initiated mission efforts are sometimes poorly coordinated and disconnected from critical needs on the ground, African partners are elated about the campaigns the PC(USA) has initiated related to these initiatives: (1) Training Leaders for Community Transformation, (2) Educate a Child, Transform the World, and (3) Ending Violence against Women and Children. Our partners have scores of programs as well as God-inspired dreams for the future that connect directly with these campaigns.
continued on May 2
Let us join in prayer for:
Project for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA): Rev. Dr. Johnson Mbillah, director, Rev. Angele Dogbe Wilson, women’s coordinator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious God, we lift before you our African brothers and sisters. Bless their witness in some of the most challenging contexts in the world. Help us to be ready to receive the precious gifts of their faith, their skills, and their wisdom and to partner more faithfully with them, so that the entire world may know of your love. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our living Savior. Amen.