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“This is my covenant with you.” —Gen. 17:4

Saturday, May 17

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Naomi and her mother Photo by Jodi McGill


Naomi and her mother


Photo by Jodi McGill


Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help. (Prov. 3:27 NET)

Naomi is an 18-year-old, living and struggling in northern Malawi. She was selected for a scholarship from the Secondary School Fund of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian–Synod of Livingstonia, which is supported by PC(USA) members and congregations. This is her story, which eloquently states the struggle many youth face and provides encouragement for those in similar situations.

“My name is Naomi. My father died when I was a year old, and our property was taken from us by my father’s relatives. I started primary school, but I took school for granted. But when I realized that school was the only way to help my family out of our impoverished condition, I started working very hard. I was selected for secondary school. I knew it was going to be hard for Mom to pay school fees with her business of selling fish. In looking for school fees, she started selling things from our house. We started seeking help. Luckily enough, the Synod of Livingstonia offered assistance.

“I can now proudly let the whole world know that I have my Malawi Secondary Certificate of Education.

“When I finish my dream of becoming a chartered accountant, I wish to reach out and touch my fellow vulnerable children so that they can fulfill their dreams too. I will forever be grateful to the Synod of Livingstonia for their support. If not for them, who would I have been?”

Jodi McGill, PC(USA) mission coworker, Mzuzu

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Rev. Janet Guyer, facilitator for women’s and children’s interests (Anglophone Africa), Presbyterian World Mission • Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia: Dr. Rochelle Holm, manager, water and sanitation centres, Synod of Livingstonia Development Department, Tyler Holm, lecturer, admin. support specialist, public relations, University of Livingstonia College of Theology, James McGill, water and sanitation development specialist, Jodi McGill, clinical instructor of nursing, Dr. Martha Sommers, family physician specialist, Ekwendeni Hospital • CCAP Nkoma Synod: Dr. Barbara Nagy, physician, Nkhoma Hospital • Zomba Theological College: Dr. Timothy Stone, professor/lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew, Rachel Stone, team ministry

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Casey Henry, PMA
Lorraine Henry, BOP
Brian Henson, PMA

Let us pray

God our teacher, thank you for young people who have made good use of assistance and are taking up the role of helping the next generation. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 92; 149
First Reading Exodus 40:18-38
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Gospel Reading Matthew 5:38-48
Evening Psalms 23; 114


  • May you always feel God's encouragement and support. by Jeff Hutcheson on 05/17/2014 at 8:59 a.m.

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