The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. The stories in the 2013 Mission Yearbook were gathered around the question of Jesus to his disciples, “How many loaves have you?” from Mark 6:38. The book is filled with stories of God’s abundance in the face of overwhelming needs and a scarcity of resources.
Today in the Mission Yearbook: February 12, 2013
PRESBYTERY OF SIERRA BLANCA, NEW MEXICO - First Presbyterian Church of Hobbs is taking its loaves and fishes and multiplying them in the community. After a yearlong strategic planning process to renew its mission and ministry, First Church decided to focus its efforts and ministry in the areas of hunger, homelessness, and education. It then identified three groups within the community with whom it could partner and forged covenants with those groups that spelled out shared expectations and mutual obligations. First Church is now working with Habitat for Humanity of Hobbs, Isaiah’s Kitchen (a soup kitchen and food bank), and Will Rogers Elementary School, which draws students from the church’s neighborhood. The congregation provides more than just dollars to these organizations. It has also covenanted to provide regular prayer, a set number of volunteer hours, and a significant level of engagement.
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