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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Friday, September 19

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Season of Peace

The Presbytery of Western North Carolina

Anna Heilman and friend


Rebecca Heilman and friend


Many things can be said about Malawi, but for the Presbytery of Western North Carolina mission team it will always be known as “The Warm Heart of Africa,” the country’s well-deserved nickname.

The presbytery has chosen to visit and serve in Malawi with the Nkhoma Hospital and the Ebenezer School in Nkhoma for the past nine years. By going there, presbytery teams help the people and are helped themselves as their own faith in God is multiplied. The growth isn’t necessarily brought about by the most obvious of means. Team members become friends with the people. They sit and listen and get to know them. Letting go of their agendas, they adapt to a slower pace of life. Going to Malawi teaches team members to be patient, to be flexible, and to be appreciative. The people of Malawi do not have material wealth, but they demonstrate incredible love, patience, flexibility, and—above all else—faith. The Malawian’s faith in God is what is truly humbling to the team. The Warm Heart of Africa will always be known as a home away from home for many from the presbytery.

The Presbytery of Western North Carolina is home to 111 congregations. Lees-McRae, Montreat, and Warren Wilson Colleges are within its bounds, as are the Black Mountain Home for Children, Grandfather Home for Children, Montreat Conference Center, and Camp Grier. Their Guatemalan partnership is with Suchitepequez and Sur Occidente Presbyteries. 2014 is the twentieth year of that partnership.

Anna Heilman, Waldensian Presbyterian Church, Valdese

Let us join in prayer for:

Rev. Dr. Neal Presa, moderator, 220th General Assembly (2012); member, PMA Board
Elder Heath Rada, at-large member, PMA Board

Presbytery Staff

Bobbi White, general presbyter
Anita Bernhardt, associate presbyter
William A.“Bert” Sigmon, stated clerk
Beth Gunn, presbytery associate for youth
Barbara Ross, presbytery associate
Charles Davenport, presbytery associate
Marie Connelly de Palacios, Guatemala partnership coordinator
Robbin Buchanan, administrative staff
Tonya Williams, administrative staff
Marcia Puckett, administrative staff
Lisa Pressley, controller

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Carolyn Pressley, BOP
Elonzer Purkins, OGA

Let us pray

Heavenly Father, we pray for the people of Malawi and Nkhoma Synod. We pray for the mission teams that visit there. Continue to teach them faithfulness and humility through the lives of their Malawian sisters and brothers. In your name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 130; 148
First Reading Esther 1:1-4, 10-19
Second Reading Acts 17:1-15
Gospel Reading John 12:36b-43
Evening Psalms 32; 139

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