Monday, September 30
Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence
Europe, comprised of approximately 50 sovereign states and 830 million people, contains an increasingly complex confederation of 27 countries, the European Union. All countries in Europe continue to reel from the euro-area sovereign debt crisis and ensuing economic, social, and political changes. Elections in many corners reveal deep societal uncertainties, dissatisfactions, and crises in leadership. However, the EU remains a destination for immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. It also offers an appealing chance for its own residents to relocate. Drawn mostly by better employment, education, trade, and investment opportunities, an increasing number of young adults (ages 20–34) from many of the poorer and less stable nations are leaving their home nations—some for a while, many for good. This is markedly affecting both the nations they move from and those they move to. Seeking to make a life for themselves and their families, they leave behind countries that need a workforce, educated and trained youth, and people who will contribute to building a new future. The living body of Christ, found in all corners of this same Europe, is called to proclaim the gospel, serve the poor, and be God’s agent of reconciliation and sign of hope in these places of ongoing change.
—Rev. Jane Holslag, PC(USA) mission co-worker, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Portugal:
Keiko Butterfield, team ministry
Rev. Dr. Robert Butterfield, evangelist/community organizer
Conference of European Churches: Rev. Dr Guy Liagre, general secretary
World Communion of Reformed Churches: Rev. Dr. Setri Nyomi, general secretary, Rev. Dr. Douwe Visser, exec. secretary for theology and communion, Ms. Kristine Greenaway, exec. secretary for communications, Mr. Yueh Cho, financial secretary, Ms. Penny Blachut, admin. secretary, Ms. Daphne Martin-Gnanadason, admin. secretary
World Council of Churches: Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary.
Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe: Doris Peschke, general secretary
Reformed Christian Church in Croatia: Rev. Endre Langh, bishop
Greek Evangelical Church: Rev. Phaedon Cambouropoulos, general secretary
Evangelical Reformed Church in Poland: Rev. Marek Izdebski, bishop, Rev. Semko Koroza, ecumenical and international relations secretary
Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Portugal (IEPP): Rev. Jose Salvador, president, Mr. Fernando Matos, vice-president, Dr. David Valente, general secretary, Mr. Victor Baptisto, treasurer
Reformed Christian Church in Slovakia: László Fazekas, bishop, and Marian Hamari, deputy bishop
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Elonzer Purkins, OGA
Let us pray
Loving God, grant your people in Europe’s churches strength and energy for faithful witness, generous and open hearts, purpose, and the will to proclaim and live the good news of Jesus Christ. Amen.