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Tuesday, September 29

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Presbytery of the Peaks


Members of the Presbytery of the Peaks mission team hand in hand with Haitian farmers who have been forced off their land Courtesy of Cindy Corell


Members of the Presbytery of the Peaks mission team hand in hand with Haitian farmers who have been forced off their land


Courtesy of Cindy Corell


Denise Pillow, hunger action enabler for the Presbytery of the Peaks, has long been our advocate for the work of FONDAMA, the Joining Hands initiative of the Presbyterian Hunger Program in Haiti. In 2014 she helped organize our presbytery’s first trip to meet with FONDAMA. Although she was not able to go, Denise gave of herself freely so that others could go to listen, learn, and wait.

In Haiti our group met with representatives of FONDAMA as well as farmers themselves. Our goal was to listen and to share with them that they do not walk this road of hunger alone, but that we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, walk with them hand in hand.

The farmers told us about the steep challenges they faced. A terrible drought had left them with no crops, no seeds, no money for their children to attend school or for next year’s seeds—and therefore no hope of a future harvest. Extensive deforestation and soil erosion subjected their croplands to the risk of severe flooding. And worst of all, because many Haitian farmers do not have clear title to their land, it could be seized by the government and leased to international corporations, and the farmers would have no recourse.

Since our group’s return from Haiti, Denise has, at the request of our Haitian partners, once again taken the lead in contacting US agencies to advocate for the Haitian people.

The Presbytery of the Peaks is home to 132 congregations.

James M. Smith: pastor, Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church; member, mission committee, Presbytery of the Peaks

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Nancy Dawson, general presbyter
Steve Earl, associate presbyter for ministry
Jeff Binder, associate presbyter for youth and young adults
Hugh Springer, stated clerk
Robin Padgett, office manager
Rita Fleet, executive administrative assistant
Denise Pillow, hunger action enabler

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Elonzer Purkins, OGA
Alexis Racek, BOP
Bernice Radecke, BOP

Let us pray

For those within this world who are hungry, Lord, hear our prayer. For those who work to ensure that all may eat, Lord, hear our prayer. That all would have enough to eat, Lord, stir your people to action. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 12; 146
First Reading 2 Chronicles 29:1-3, 30:1 (2-9) 10-27
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 7:32-40
Gospel Reading Matthew 7:1-12
Evening Psalms 36; 7


  • Has Denise's visit with US agencies reaped any solutions for the Haitians since the writing of this article? by Barbara Votrobeck on 09/29/2015 at 5:22 p.m.

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