Tuesday, September 22
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Season of Peace
Presbytery of the James
“We make this road by walking it.” This Haitian proverb well describes our presbytery as we launched an exciting initiative with Haiti, one that united every congregation in a bold vision to fully fund a new mission coworker. Cindy Corell of Staunton, Virginia, was selected by Presbyterian World Mission to take up this call. The presbytery then confirmed God’s call to Cindy and commissioned her to serve in Haiti “on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and in partnership with the Presbytery of the James and all its congregations.”
In her new position as the Joining Hands facilitator, Cindy connects agricultural experts in Haiti with Haitian farmers to help them do what they do best—grow food for others. As the country continues to recover from the 2010 earthquake, Haitians are seeking to produce more food locally and to rely less on imports.
Cindy goes to bear witness to the life-giving power of the gospel and to empower the Haitian people. “Being a farmer’s daughter, I know the joy when their work results in food to be enjoyed by many,” she says. “If I can play a role in making more Haitian families find that joy, I will share in it.”
In 2010, when Cindy made her first trip to Haiti, she sensed a heartfelt connection with this Caribbean country and its people. “I was forever changed, and I could no longer be satisfied in an ordinary job and only finding fulfilling and meaningful work on the side.” Cindy leaves a 27-year career as a journalist to follow Christ’s call to Haiti.
All 21,834 members, in 109 congregations, two new church developments and one African fellowship, are working together to support Cindy in her efforts to improve the lives of Haitians.
—Clifton Edwards, office administrator, Presbytery of the James
Let us join in prayer for:
H. Carson Rhyne Jr., general presbyter / stated clerk
Clifton Edwards, office administrator
Cindy Hollingshead, accountant
Phyllis Perross, staff support
Franklin Reding, assistant to the stated clerk, Committee on Preparation for Ministry
Doug Walters, executive director, Camp Hanover
Harry Zweckbronner, program director, Camp Hanover
Lisa Vanderfloeg, office manager, Camp Hanover
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Remind us, O God, that even what we believe to be a meager offering can satisfy the deepest hunger in others—and in our lives too. Amen.