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“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” —Ps. 23:1

Friday, November 6

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World Community Day

United Kingdom

 

Maqsood Kamil (center) with graduates Courtesy of Thomas Harvey

 

Maqsood Kamil (center) with graduates

 

Courtesy of Thomas Harvey

 

Maqsood Kamil hails from Pakistan. He is not only a full-time PhD student at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies but the vice principal of Gujranwala Theological Seminary Pakistan, established by Presbyterian mission in 1877. A visit home in March 2014 left him deeply troubled by the deterioration of the seminary and the effect this was having on its students.

Freshly painted the prior year, the chapel was a ruin. Unrepaired roofs had resulted in streaked walls and ruined carpeting. The school library, offices, classrooms, and lavatories were in disrepair. Blocked and broken pipes left raw sewage running through the campus. When students had complained, they were scolded.

Though he had returned to teach, Maqsood instead called for faculty and students to join him in a day of fasting and prayer. They laid their hands on the buildings, gates, and walls and prayed for the security and revival of the seminary. In a matter of days, help was on the way. Maqsood reached out to friends and neighbors, who arranged for contractors to repair the roofs, repaint the buildings, fix the plumbing, and fit the lavatories with new commodes, basins, taps, and mirrors. Best of all, the work was offered as a gift.

With the buildings repaired and the students’ spirits revived, Maqsood turned again to teaching, his students imploring, “Sir, please continue.”

Thomas Harvey, PhD: PC(USA) mission coworker; academic dean, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Rev. Douglas Baker, regional liaison for Ireland and the UK, YAV site coordinator, Presbyterian World Mission, Elaine Baker, team ministry, Presbyterian World Mission • Oxford Centre for Mission Studies: Judith Harvey, team ministry, Rev. Dr. Thomas Alan Harvey, academic dean

Partners/Ministries

United Reformed Church: Rev. John Proctor, general secretary • Presbyterian Church in Wales: Rev. Mierion Morris, general secretary • Churches Together in Britain and Ireland: Rev. Robert Fyffe, general secretary • Oxford Centre for Mission Studies: Rev. Dr. Wonsuk Ma, executive director

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Daniel Simon, PMA
Luke Skaggs, PPC

Let us pray

Lord, teach us that leadership begins with compassion and prayer and ends in service. As we model giving, remind us that all good gifts come from you. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 51; 148
First Reading Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36
Or alternate First Reading Ezra 5:1-17
Second Reading Revelation 15:1-8
Gospel Reading Matthew 14:13-21
Evening Psalms 142; 65

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