Monday, May 13
The Presbytery of Miami Valley
Each person is precious in God’s sight, yet without proper identification many men, women, and children find themselves without access to food, housing, employment, and education. Beginning in 2009, Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton began getting requests for help in obtaining state identification cards and birth certificates. Twenty-two dollars for a certified copy of a birth certificate and $8.50 for a state-issued photo identification card seemed like a small price to pay to help provide neighbors in need with these vital keys to employment, education, and social services. Thus began the ID ministry.
Each Tuesday afternoon, people from our community—women and children fleeing domestic abuse, people newly released from prison, and homeless folks who have difficulty keeping track of personal documents—line the hallways of Westminster seeking this assistance. These basic forms of identification are required for children to attend school, for the sick to be treated in a hospital, and by all those in need who hope to access state and federal social services. Trained volunteers meet individually with clients and discuss their needs, help them navigate the process for getting needed documents, and usually provide them with a check to take to the appropriate agency. The stories are amazing, and the people who come are so appreciative of the help. Many ask about the church and when the worship services are, and some ask for prayers. It seems like such a basic thing, but the benefits are huge and last longer than money for food, rent, or utilities. Every week there are more people who seek help—new faces, new stories, new opportunities to provide help and hope.
The Presbytery of Miami Valley’s 56 congregations have 10,425 total members.
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Dennis H. Piermont, executive presbyter
Rev. Doris Whitaker, stated clerk
Thomas F. Oxley III, office manager
Martha Keil, treasurer
Elder Joyce Routzohn, bookkeeper
Elder Don Nowak, IT communications manager
Kirkmont Camp and Conference Center
Rev. Diane Ziegler, executive director
Kate Hopta, program director
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Trey Hammond, PMA
Denise Hampton, PMA
Let us pray
Merciful God, thank you for loving us and calling each of us by name. Help us to see each person we encounter as your beloved creation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.