Knox Presbyterian Church
Woodstock, Ontario
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June Mission Moments
June 4 – A Presbyterian gathering
This Sunday, Presbyterians from across Canada are meeting in Kingston, ON for our annual General Assembly. The chosen theme is Jesus Christ – the same yesterday, today, forever, based on Hebrews 13:8. Commissioners from across Canada will worship together and discuss, debate and vote on matters that affect our denomination. A first-time commissioner from last year shares, “I gained extensive new knowledge of the extent of our denomination's work and mission. It was energizing to meet Presbyterians from across the country and to feel part of something beyond my congregation.” Please pray for those gathering, that they might find renewal and unity in Christ.
Presbyterians Sharing brings Presbyterians together at General Assembly

June 11 –Transforming young adults
With support from Presbyterians Sharing, young adult international internships provide opportunities for young people to learn and grow in faith. Interns return to Canada having experienced Christ’s mission in the world, excited to share what they have learned with their congregations and friends. At the end of August, Jacqueline Bannerman will finish an eight-month internship working with our partner, the Reformed Church in Hungary, to support refugees in Budapest. This type of transformative experience influences life decisions. Preparing and supporting young adults and helping them discern the call of Christ in their lives, nurtures leadership in the church.
Presbyterians Sharing transforms lives

June 18: June 20 is World Refugee Day
Presbyterian World Service & Development is very grateful for the congregations, presbyteries, groups and individuals who contributed to refugee sponsorship efforts in 2016. Whether they were involved in an application, raising funds or collecting furniture, Presbyterians were enthusiastic as ever to respond to the global refugee crisis by contributing to resettlement opportunities in Canada. In 2016, 73 sponsorship applications were filed for 244 people, with families from Syria, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Pakistan, Burma and Venezuela arriving safely in Canada. We celebrate the compassionate efforts of Presbyterians across Canada who are responding to God’s call to serve and defend the vulnerable and the persecuted.
PWS&D responds to refugees

June 25: Finding her voice
Shumaila, a timid 16-year-old from Afghanistan, dreamed of having the confidence to work in politics and guide the peaceful development of her country. One day, her school’s principal announced that a summer camp offering training on human rights, leadership and public speaking would be starting shortly. The camp, supported by Presbyterian World Service & Development, lasted four days but changed Shumaila’s life forever. “I became confident and developed knowledge on politics and the rights of women and children,” she shares proudly. In a mock election, Shumaila was voted president—but she won more than just a title. “It was during the election campaign that I got the confidence required to deliver speeches in public.”With this support, Shumaila participates in school activities and voices her opinions at community events.
PWS&D empowers women and girls