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: December 30, 2013
TRINTY PRESBYTERY, SOUTH CAROLINA - First Presbyterian Church, Aiken, had a small desire that God turned into a huge blessing for newborn babies thousands of miles away. While visiting Mwandi Christian Hospital in Zambia, a group from First Aiken learned of HIV-negative babies being born to HIV-positive mothers. These babies had to be fed formula, which is very expensive. Once back home, the group looked for a way to raise funds to purchase formula for these babies.
They began by selling tote bags, which went well for a while. Then the group heard about a project making ribbon necklaces. The project was an immediate success. Though only 30 members create the necklaces, the entire congregation is involved in this ministry. The necklaces are sold across the United States by congregation members taking them to sell when traveling. Orders are also received through the congregation’s website . To date, this unique ministry has raised $120,000—$5 and $7 at a time.
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THE 2014 PRESBYTERIAN MISSION YEARBOOK - Where are the young adults? How often have you wondered, where are the young adults in the PC(USA)? Wonder no longer. The 2014 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study is devoted to the theme of young adults in the church. Its stories, many told by young adults, lift up how Presbyterians of all ages are engaging and joining with Presbyterian young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.
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