Monday, October 12
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Presbytery of Geneva
“I will take some of the spirit that is on you and put it on them; and they shall bear the burden of the people along with you so that you will not bear it all by yourself.” (Num. 11:17)
The Presbytery of Geneva bears the burdens of those in need through its disaster-assistance ministry. Several times each year, members of the presbytery travel to sites where recovery work needs to be done. “The work trip provides an opportunity for discipleship,” says trip coordinator Paul Salisbury, “with those whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters or the disaster of poverty.”
One longtime mission partner is the West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps (WVMAW), which is supported in part by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Synod of the Trinity, and the Presbytery of West Virginia. Since 2001, WVMAW has brought in 40–80 volunteer groups each year to work across the state.
The April 2014 West Virginia work team represented four congregations of the presbytery and included two additional volunteers from a Presbyterian congregation in Asheboro, North Carolina. Freedom Full Gospel Church in Hampden, West Virginia, provided housing as well as volunteers to share in the work.
The team spent the week working on three homes. They repaired flooring and plumbing and installed steps, drywall, windows, doors, and siding. Residents expressed their gratitude with hugs and handshakes, and Freedom Full Gospel hosted an appreciation banquet for the whole crew near the end of the week.
The Presbytery of Geneva includes 60 congregations, one emerging immigrant fellowship, and Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake. The presbytery sees itself as a partnership of congregations and ministers seeking to help one another carry out vital ministries in the name of Jesus Christ.
Let us join in prayer for:
Karen Jensen, administrative assistant
Rhonda Everdyke, director of communications and interim director of Camp Whitman
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious God, we give thanks for those moments when we can see the good fruit of the work we undertake in your name. We are so grateful that new life can arise from loss, and possibility from disaster. We thank you for those who give of themselves so that others might have hope. Amen.