Thursday, May 14
Republic of South Sudan, continued
Since 1999, Pittsburgh Presbytery has been blessed by a partnership with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian–Blantyre Synod, in Malawi. Through shared projects and an exchange of visits, the covenant partnership has matured over the years into a rich blessing for all involved. Even as this partnership matured, the prayer of Pittsburgh Presbytery was, “Lord, send us a pioneering partnership.”
God’s answer was an invitation from World Mission for the presbytery to consider a partnership with the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC). In prayer, the presbytery discerned a call to stand with the church in South Sudan as it seeks to bring healing and peace to the newest nation in the world. Presbytery leaders also discerned that they should invite the church in Malawi to share in the new partnership.
In January 2013, representatives of the three partners met in Juba, South Sudan. With guidance from Michael Weller, PC(USA) regional liaison for the Horn of Africa, the tripartite relationship took shape. It quickly became apparent that each partner would be able to share gifts in ways that had not previously been imagined, and all were anxious to pursue this opportunity.
Six months later, representatives from the three partners met in Malawi to celebrate the official signing of a covenant partnership. One member of the Pittsburgh delegation said participating in the covenant agreement was one of the most significant events of her life.
The partners gathered again at the New Wilmington Mission Conference in July 2014 for prayer, sharing, and encouragement. The journey continues.
—Rev. Ken White, associate pastor for mission, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS): Rev. Peter Gai Lual Marrow, moderator, Rev. John Yor Nyiker, general secretary, Rev. James Makuei, director, Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency, Rev. Gideon Tai Tudeal, principal, Giffen Institute of Theology, Malakal • South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC): Rev. James Par Tap, acting moderator, Rev. Philip Akway, general secretary • Across: Nancy Hinga, program director • Nile Theological College, Malakal: Rev. Santino Odong Othol, acting principal • Resource Centre for Civil Leadership (RECONCILE): Rev. Peter Tibi, executive director • South Sudan Council of Churches: Rev. Mark Akec, acting secretary general
Trinity Presbytery, with the PCOSS; Presbyteries of Pittsburgh, Redstone, and Shenango, with the SSPEC
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Wendy Handler, PMA
Rev. Chip Hardwick, PMA
Let us pray
Lord, we pray that this unique partnership would thrive under your care. Grant it challenges that will keep the partners tender, close to you, and close to one another as they grow in faith and service. Amen.
Revised Common Lectionary for Ascension of the Lord
Ps. 47 or Ps. 93; Eph. 1:15–23