Tuesday, October 8
For six years we have gone to a “deserted place,” a large men’s prison in the deep Lithuanian forests. The place is called Pravieniškės, a Russian word for “those who were blamed.” One young man we tutor there has had a rough time recently. He was involved in a mêlée in the dining hall and lost all his privileges—he was confined in a special lock-up for five months. He wrote, saying: “Last week I got news that I won’t be able to be in your class. That’s very sad for me. I hoped that your classes [would] be some ‘getaway’ from my dark days, like some spot of light in the night. Life here is pretty tough.” What can we offer in such a place? He sent Becky a Christmas letter: “I thought a lot about you. You spend so much time, effort, and money to make my life better, even not knowing me. You never asked why I am here. It seems that I matter to you. [You think] I am worth it.” In a deserted place, one is full of fear, far from the things needed. How could we possibly help? “How many loaves have you?” More than we imagine—if we have faith.
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
LCC International University: Dr. Eric Hinderliter, coordinator for Micro Enterprise Center, Rebecca Hinderliter, accounting professor, Rev. Jane Holslag, theology instructor
Evangelical Reformed Church in Lithuania (ERCL): Tomas Šernas, general superintendent; Tomas Sakas, ERCL pastor, Klaipeda • LCC International University: Marlene Wall, president • Theological Faculty of Klaipeda University: Arunas Baublys, dean
Presbytery Partnership: Mission Presbytery, with the ERCL
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Catherine Reuning, PMA
Let us pray
Dear Lord, you give us the bread of life. When we find ourselves in deserted places, keep us mindful that we have more than we think. With faith we can meet needs that appear overwhelming. Remind us that that Jesus accomplished much when his disciples thought the situation was hopeless. Make us your instruments to our brothers and sisters who live in deserted places, such as those in prison. Help us pass the bread. Amen.