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“Do not doubt, but believe.” John 20:27

Monday, October 21



A harvest of squash in a mountain village

In Central Asia, many people living in rural areas count on their gardens for one to three months of food supply for their families. Sometimes they consider taking on debt to buy seeds and other supplies, hoping for enough yield to pay off the loan and still get the needed vegetables for meals. Unfortunately, seed quality is highly variable here, with potatoes and tomatoes often carrying diseases that damage crops.

When I approached a congregation in the U.S. for assistance with better varieties of seeds, I expected a box or two purchased with funds from a special offering. One person who heard me share about Tajikistan works for an agricultural company. He thought perhaps he could get a few sample packages for us. A couple of weeks later, he called the committee chairperson, saying he was coming with some seeds—more than enough for six boxes! And God provided the shipping via the congregation’s special offering.

In this same period of abundance, God called a young woman studying agriculture in Ireland to work with us as an intern in Tajikistan. She made packages for families and boarding schools with different mixes of seeds, according to their garden size, prior crops planted, and elevation.

Let us join in prayer for:

Please pray for people in mission in Central Asia.

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Beth Rutkowski, BOP
Brandon Rutkowski, BOP

Let us pray

Gracious and loving God, we pray that the sometimes malnourished children of Central Asia would be fed with a bountiful harvest of nutritious vegetables. But we also ask that these young ones and their families would hear the stories of Jesus, the miracle worker and Bread of Life! May those receiving the seeds understand the heart of love and grace of the One who motivates us to feed the hungry! Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 57; 145
First Reading Jeremiah 44:1-14
Or alternate First Reading Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:30-41
Gospel Reading Matthew 11:16-24
Evening Psalms 85; 47

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