PC(USA) Minute for Mission – Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship

The Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study dates back to 1892 and has the longest history of any denominational mission and prayer book in the United States.

Today’s PC(USA) Minute for Mission from the Mission Yearbook…

Pres Frontier Fellowship

Many thousands of Muslims have become followers of Jesus in a movement in Southeast Asia the last few years. Among other things, they are multiplying their loaves in an intriguing way with respect to Bible translation.

This group of new disciples has not had a Bible translation that reflects their language and culture, so they have been creating their own with consultants from the United Bible Societies. As portions of Scripture are translated, they are used by leaders of the movement to teach and disciple regional leaders. Whenever people have problems understanding the text, that information is given to the translators so they can rethink the translation. The result is that the translation process is also the discipling process!

Last year Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship received some undesignated funds for frontier mission work. We contacted our liaison to this movement to see if there was a need that we could help meet. We received the following response:

“This is an answer to prayer!’ Our director was with the movement’s leader in that area of the world when he got the message; they had just prayed because of a need in the translation department that had not yet been met. He was so excited to hear this for many reasons. One, of course, because of the provision for the need. The other—and maybe the more important one in the director’s eyes—because it was a direct answer from out of the blue to the prayer they had just prayed! This boosted the faith of our fellow believers in Jesus in that area!”

—Rev. Bill Young, executive director, Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship

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PC(USA) Minute for Mission – Caregiver Sunday

The Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study dates back to 1892 and has the longest history of any denominational mission and prayer book in the United States.

Today’s PC(USA) Minute for Mission from the Mission Yearbook…

Opequon Presbyterian Church

Opequon Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Winchester, Virginia, has a long record of caring. People began worshiping here in 1732. Its tradition of caring has been securely passed down for 275 years!

My husband and I came to OPC after a move for his work. Not long after our arrival, we both had serious health issues. We now believe that it was not the job but God that brought us here, placing us where we could be cared for in an extraordinary way. OPC walks alongside us like we have been here all 275 years! Their tradition of caring extends not only to us but to many others who pass this way.

Tuesday Morning Mission folks gather for prayer and to prepare meals for those who need encouragement. Intercessory prayer partners pray for other members so that the whole congregation is covered with prayer throughout the year. A bear ministry sends out teddy bears carrying the message of God’s love to those who need that reminder. Scrapbookers create cards for the card ministry. Birthday prayers are sent to each member. The Hands and Hearts group creates prayer gifts to go with Tuesday Morning meals and pastoral visits. There are also prayer-shawl, parish-nurse, and bereavement ministries. The Shepherd’s Touch team trains volunteers who are paired with members going through rough times. A community garden yields food for another congregation’s food pantry. Care is offered in ways unknown. The tradition continues!

—Rev. Donna B. Coffman, R.N., minister-at-large, Presbytery of Shenandoah