Knox Presbyterian Church
Woodstock, Ontario
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June Mission Moments
June 2: Receive the Holy Spirit - Today begins General Assembly – the annual gathering of commissioners from across Canada who meet together to worship and discuss, debate and vote on matters that affect our denomination. This year’s theme is “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Last year, a first-time commissioner shared, “I came home feeling very blessed and encouraged about our Church. I loved the music and the praise team. They added so much to worship. The speakers and the messages were just what I needed to hear. It was an incredible experience and one I would gladly repeat.” Please pray for those gathered as they work together to plan the future of our church with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

June 9: A house of hope in Romania - Brothers Kevin and Ionut live in rural Romania. When their mom died, their father, unemployed and devastated by his wife’s death, felt that there was no other option but to put his boys into a state-run orphanage. A local minister approached Csilla Bertalan, the Director of Samuel House, asking her to help the boys. Samuel House is a Christian social ministry of the Reformed Church in Romania that receives support from Presbyterians Sharing. 36 children from struggling families, some at risk of being put into orphanages, are cared for in a loving and stable environment. Education is key and the tutors of the after-school program ensure the children will succeed. Csilla shares, “We are grateful to God who sends us generous supporters such as the PCC, who are thinking of and caring for the kids that live and study with us.”

June 16: World Refugee Day (June 20) - Inspired by God’s promise of abundant life, PWS&D envisions a world where no one has to live in danger or exile. Because of the efforts of congregations, presbyteries and other groups involved in refugee sponsorship, those forced to flee their homes out of fear for their lives and liberty are experiencing peace in Canada. This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Presbyterian Church in Canada as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the Government of Canada. This World Refugee Day, we are celebrating the partnership between PWS&D and sponsoring groups and the life-giving work that welcomes refugees to Canada. Together, we continue to journey alongside refugees as they search for peace and security. PWS&D welcomes the stranger

June 23: Exploring the power of prayer - With support from Presbyterians Sharing, Two Rivers Church in Guelph, Ont., is exploring new ways of being the church. A recipient of the PCC’s Supporting Ministry Grant, the ministry is made up of “Living Rooms,” where people gather together in homes for meals and conversations that draw them deeper into friendship in Christ. They recently began The Prayer Project, which encourages spiritual depth, wisdom and maturity among its members through prayer. The Prayer Project is a multi-faceted approach to forming missional apprentices of Jesus, through a variety of initiatives that include a weekly contemplative prayer walk, a Healing Prayer Team, as well as events dedicated to communal prayer.

June 30: Canadians care! - As we mark Canada Day, let us also celebrate Canada’s contributions around the world. International aid plays an important role in addressing poverty, hunger and inequality in vulnerable countries. Support from the Government of Canada for PWS&D’s maternal, newborn and child health program in Afghanistan and Malawi maximizes Presbyterian contributions to projects delivering life-saving healthcare to mothers and babies. Let’s continue sharing Canadian compassion and generosity throughout the world. Through the I Care campaign, Canadians can sign a postcard addressed to the prime minister, letting him know that they care about and support Canada’s role in ending global hunger and poverty.